Race to place: Walmart speeds up delivery in race with Amazon

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

Lore said in his post that Walmart is also on track to offer grocery pickup and same-day delivery at 1,600 stores across the U.S.by the end of the year.

One-day shipping will be available on orders of $35 or more and includes 220,000 items, including daily use products like diapers, laundry detergent and toys.

"It is available on eligible orders of 35 dollars or more, with the specific assortment varying by customer location", he added. The service, which Walmart is calling NextDay, is available in Phoenix and Las Vegas and is expected to launch in Southern California later this week.

By the end of 2019, Walmart expects to expand the one-day shipping offer to include 40 of the top 50 major USA metro areas. Walmart started offering same-day pickup in its stores in 2011 and caught up with Amazon's two-day free shipping two years ago by offering it without a membership fee.

Retail colossus Walmart on Tuesday began offering free next-day deliveries of online purchases, aiming to counter rival Amazon in the race to get orders to consumer doorsteps. This means orders will ship in one box, or in as few as possible, unlike two-day deliveries that come in multiple boxes from multiple locations. Target already offers free one-day shipping, but only to members of its REDcard loyalty program, which does not carry an annual fee.

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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. Membership costs $119 a year.

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.

"Our new NextDay delivery isn't just great for customers, it also makes good business sense", Marc Lore, President and CEO, Walmart eCommerce U.S. said in a statement on the company's website.

Walmart has succeeded in narrowing the gap to win new sales and in the battle of one-day shipping Walmart holds one key advantage, he said. And, with 90% of Americans living within 10 miles of a Walmart store, we're well positioned to offer even faster delivery to customers in the future.

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