Walmart Offers Free Two-Day Shipping
February 2, 2017 Leave a comment
Walmart has been gunning for Amazon’s top spot in the online shopping world, and it’s coming up the ranks pretty fast. As of this week, Walmart customers will receive free two-day shipping on millions of items store-wide for purchases of $35 and up.
One of Amazon Prime’s most popular features is its two-day shipping. That’s what made Prime so successful, despite its $99 annual fee. Walmart took notice and introduced its ShippingPass program, which offered two-day shipping for an annual cost of $49.
However, Amazon Prime offers a lot more benefits and perks other than just shipping, making it a better deal overall. Walmart must have realized this because they are now offering free shipping without the annual fee. This is a great way to attract customers who want no frills and their packages delivered quickly. Users don’t have to enroll in a program, either.
Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart US e-commerce, told reporters that “at a very fundamental level, we just don’t believe in having to charge for a membership.”
Lore seems to be sticking to his word, because anyone who purchased a ShippingPass will have their money refunded.
While the free shipping will not count for every item sold, it will for more than two million of the most popular items people usually buy from Walmart, such as food, toiletries, clothes, baby items, electronics, and household supplies. For those who have little time to go shopping but can’t really afford the extra shipping costs usually tagged onto online orders, this is a huge blessing. Orders must be placed before 2pm PST to arrive in two days.
Another added bonus: Walmart doesn’t plan on raising prices to offset the shipping costs.
“It won’t affect our pricing at all,” Lore said. “In fact, we are looking to get more aggressive on the pricing side.”