Walmart Rolls Out Next-Day Shipping with No Membership Fee, Amazon Responds

Walmart Rolls Out Next-Day Shipping with No Membership Fee, Amazon Responds

May 15, 2019         Written By Lynn Oldshue

Over the next few days, Walmart will begin rolling out a next-day shipping program for some of the store’s “most frequently purchased” products. The service will begin in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Southern California, but it will expand to about 75% of Walmart stores by the end of the year.

Unlike Amazon Prime which charges a monthly fee, Walmart’s next-day shipping program will not require a membership. There will be a delivery charge for expedited shipping, but users will not pay a monthly fee to access the service.

Amazon quickly responded to the announcement on Twitter, saying, “Others are trying to up their fast shipping game. Fact is, Amazon customers in thousands of cities across 44 major metropolitan areas already have access to millions of items with free SAME DAY delivery. Customers are smart – they know the difference.”

Walmart’s next-day delivery service will be available for 220,000 products, and the program will cover 40 of the top 50 metropolitan areas by the end of 2019. The products will mostly be paper goods, toys, cleaning products, and other non-perishables.

Janey Whiteside, chief customer officer for Walmart, told Yahoo Finance, “Think of things like Bounty paper towels, some of our Great Value paper lunch plates, flushable wipes, diapers, dog food…items that you forget that you need and you need them in a rush.”

Next-day delivery orders must be a minimum of $35. Walmart has provided free two-day shipping for orders over $35 since January 2017. Amazon does not have a minimum spending threshold, but Prime Memberships are currently $10 per month.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of May 15, 2019. For up-to-date information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website. Many of the offers on this article are from our affiliate partners, and may be compensated if you take action with any of our affiliate partners.


About Lynn Oldshue

Lynn Oldshue has written personal finance stories for for twelve years. She majored in public relations at Mississippi State University.
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