Walmart ups the delivery game with next day shipping

Walmart plans to reach 75% of the United States with free next-day delivery on orders above $35 this year

"Contrary to what you might think, it will cost us less - not more - to deliver orders the next day".

Walmart says some 220,000 items, ranging from diapers to housewares to electronics, will be available for next day shipping. "We've also done extensive work to ensure we have the right products in the right fulfillment centers based on where customers are located and what they're ordering", Walmart said.

Walmart is launching a new offensive in its online war with Amazon with a free next-day delivery option on select Walmart.com items in three cities this week, with plans to offer the service to shoppers of 1,600 of its stores by year-end. However, it is soon going to be made available to customers in California, and the company wants to gradually expand the service to the rest of the country. It will roll out gradually over the coming months, with a plan to reach approximately 75% of the US population this year, which includes 40 of the top 50 major USA metro areas, according to the company. With the recent announcement of Amazon offering next-day Prime shipping, Walmart has raised the stakes by offering free next-day delivery with no membership.

Walmart is piloting its own next-day delivery service - but with a competitive twist. The orders have to be worth at least $35 to qualify. By doing that, Walmart deliveries travel the shortest distance and will typically only require one box for transport. "In addition to providing consumers with same-day availability via in-store pick up of online orders, these stores augment a world-class proprietary distribution network as they are also potential shipping points", he said in comments emailed to Retail Dive.

Prime costs $119 a year. It also said it will roll out the service to 75 percent of the US within the year. Cut-off times will vary by location, according to the company. "That's in contrast to online orders that come in multiple boxes from multiple locations, which can be quite costly".

Customers will go to Walmart.com and then shop from its NextDay delivery experience on the site.

NextDay delivery is a great complement to our same-day Grocery Pickup and Delivery options, and free two-day shipping on millions of items.

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