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Walmart ups the delivery game with next day shipping


Added 05-14-19 01:03:02am EST - “Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Walmart ups the delivery game with next day shipping”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK (AP) - Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars.

The nation’s largest retailer said Tuesday it’s been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. The next-day service will cover 220,000 popular items from diapers and non-perishable food items to toys and electronics. That’s nearly double the number of items it carries in its stores.

Next-day delivery service will be available in Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas on Tuesday. In coming days, it will expand to southern California. The discounter plans to roll out the service to 75% of the U.S. population by year-end. It will also be adding hundreds of thousands more products as the program expands.

The announcement comes just two weeks after online behemoth Amazon said it’s upgrading its free shipping option to Prime members who pay $119 a year to one-day delivery from two-day delivery. Amazon has declined to say when the switch will happen, but it already offers one-day delivery for some items in certain areas.

“Customer expectations continue to rise,” said Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce division, told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “We’re trying to get ahead of that.”

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