Walmart challenges Amazon Prime with beta delivery service
Would you pay $50 for free shipping for one year?
Walmart hopes so. The retail giant is rolling out a pilot program they hope will move customers over to their services, reports CNN Money. Walmart will provide a $50 per year service that allows online customers free shipping, rivaling Amazon’s Prime service. Prime costs $99 per year, so Walmart hopes they can pull some customers away from the online retail giant.
Products would arrive in 3 days instead of the infamous 2-day shipping that Amazon provides to customers.
Currently, Walmart offers free shipping on orders over $50, while Amazon offers free shipping on items over $35 (non-Prime).
The reported service will invite participants on a invitation-only basis to start. Then, they will consider rolling it out full time if it succeeds. It won’t provide access to movies (Amazon Instant Video) or music, at least not at first.
Walmart’s test will offer more than 1 million of the best-selling items available on Walmart’s website, about 14 percent of the 7 million items listed on the site. (CNet)
Walmart currently provides grocery deliveries in some cities around the U.S. Also, they provide in-store pick up for online customers, but nothing compared to Amazon Prime delivery service – yet.