There are around 220,000 items that qualify, ones that Walmart says are "most frequently purchased" (it varies by region). That's almost double the number of items it carries in its stores. In other words, you can't order a $3 toothbrush and expect it to arrive the next day without paying extra. In coming days, it will expand to southern California. Perhaps more akin to Godzilla versus Kong, however, we have Amazon and Walmart duking it out in the online shopping space, and both are accelerating shipments of products into the home.
The move comes on the heels of online marketplace giant Amazon announcing one-day delivery to Prime members on most items. "We're trying to get ahead of that". Amazon Prime was launched in 2005, offering free two-day shipping for an annual fee of $79. It is available on eligible orders of $35 or more, with the specific assortment varying by customer location. The retail already will also offer same-day delivery on groceries from 1,600 stores by year-end. The company said a customer need only go to Walmart.com and click the NextDay delivery tab to view items that are available for one-day delivery. This will enable Walmart to ship items in one box, or as few as possible, for a shorter distance via less expensive ground shipping. Walmart is also trying to limit costs by tailoring products based on what shoppers demand in the local markets. It's available on a "wide range of general merchandise" from the company's website, starting with customers who live in Phoenix and Las Vegas.
Still, Walmart sells far fewer products than Amazon and its online USA sales are only a fraction of Amazon's online global merchandise empire.
The e-commerce wars are heating up again.
Walmart hasn't said what it will cost to make that happen, but Amazon said that it expected to spend $800 million in this year's second quarter to speed up deliveries. On Monday, it announced that it will be expanding an incentive program to its employees so they can quit their jobs and start their own Amazon package delivery businesses.