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Walmart takes on Amazon Prime with new two-day shipping program

May 12th, 2016 at 2:13 PM
Walmart ShippingPass Amazon Prime

One of the advantages Amazon has over its competitors is the Amazon Prime service. Among the many perks Amazon Prime has to offer is speedy free two-day shipping, which is a good enough reason to subscribe to the service if you shop online regularly.

Walmart has in the past experimented with its own Prime-like subscription service that offered customers three-day free shipping for $50 a year. Now, Walmart is ready to up its game and challenge Amazon with an upgraded ShippingPass program.

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The company will move from three-day delivery to two-day delivery without changing the price it charges customers, The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch report. In fact, ShippingPass is slightly cheaper now. You’ll pay $49 per year for two-day delivery, down $1 from the previous $50 yearly subscription price.

There’s no minimum shopping requirement to get items delivered to your door in two days or less.

Walmart says it’s able to offer “faster and more affordable shipping” because it has a new unique fulfillment centers. The company will rely on eight massive e-commerce warehouses that will be built by the end of the year, and it’ll tap regional carriers to improve its delivery program.

The Journal adds that Walmart’s e-commerce arm relies on more than 150 distribution centers that serve the eight fulfillment centers and its 4,600 US stores. Of those, 80 stores are set up to act as delivery hubs. Walmart is expected to become increasingly competitive as it continues to improve shipping logistics.

The ShippingPass service will offer subscribers access to more than a million items at launch, including the ones that are most frequently purchased on its website, TechCrunch says. The company offers some seven million items on its site that might be covered by the two-day shipping program in the future.

Unfortunately, ShippingPass doesn’t have any other perks aside from fast shipping, but you can sign up for the service at this link. If you want more features on top of two-day shipping you’ll have to go to Amazon Prime.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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