Walmart rolls out free next-day delivery service

Walmart takes on Amazon Prime with free, next-day deliveries

The chain announced it would be rolling out next-day delivery on 220,000 of its most popular online items - minus a membership fee. Keep in mind this option will only be available for orders of $35 and up, with the service being rolled out in Phoenix and Las Vegas first, then expanding to Southern California, with hopes of reaching 75% of the U.S.by the end of this year.

Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery beginning in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Southern California, with plans to reach approximately 75% of the U.S. population this year.

Walmart plans to roll out one-day shipping to 40 of the top US metropolitan areas over the coming months, the company announced Tuesday. Unlike Amazon, Walmart won't require a membership fee. The announcement comes not even three weeks after Amazon announced it would speed up its two-day Prime shipping to one day for eligible items.

And, today, to complement our same-day Grocery Delivery, we're excited to announce a new offering we've been working on for a while now. Walmart's stock has gained 7.2% year to date through Monday, while Amazon shares have climbed 21.4% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has advanced 8.6%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. "That's in contrast to online orders that come in multiple boxes from multiple locations, which can be quite costly".

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To have an online purchase delivered the next day, a customer visits Walmart.com and toggles into the next day delivery section of the site to view items that are eligible for free next day delivery.

The company also created a grocery pickup and delivery service that is expected to provide pickup in 3,100 stores and delivery from 1,600 stores by the end of the year, covering 80 and 50 percent of the US population, respectively.

Walmart and Target already offer free two-day shipping for orders starting at $35 on their websites. Cut-off times will vary by location, according to the company.

Walmart sends out boxes from multiple warehouses around the country under its two-day shipping program, but with one-day shipping, it is stocking inventory in the closest single warehouse to the shopper, Lore said.

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