Walmart Responds to Amazon with One-Day Delivery of Its Own
Less than a month ago, Amazon announced that it was making a massive $800 million investment in order to cut its free two-day shipping promise in half for Amazon Prime members. It didn’t take long for Amazon’s largest and most formidable rival, Walmart, to make a similar promise, of course, with a little jab at the ecommerce giant in there as well.
The Walmart promise: Free NextDay delivery on some 200,000 items in select markets—without the membership fee.
In a letter posted on the retailer’s website, Marc Lore, President and CEO of Walmart ecommerce in the U.S., said that the service would be made available first to Walmart.com customers in Phoenix and Las Vegas, with plans to expand to California in the coming days. Over the next few months, Walmart plans to make the service available to some 75 percent of the U.S. population, including 40 of the top 50 major U.S. metro areas.