Last month Amazon announced that it would make one day shipping standard for all Prime members. Amazon said it would invest $800 million this quarter to make the switch happen. But, Walmart has soon followed with a similar offer of its own. Walmart on Tuesday will begin offering one-day delivery services in Phoenix and Las Vegas. The company also announced plans to expand to Southern California in the coming days.
More than 220,000 items, including pet food, diapers, paper towels and laundry detergent, will qualify for the service. Customers must spend at least $35 to receive next-day shipping.
Even if you’re not in Arizona or California, you probably won’t have to wait long to see one day deliveries from Walmart. The nation’s largest retailer has big ambitions for faster shipping to catch on quickly. It plans to roll out the next-day delivery option to 75% of the United States this year.
Walmart thinks it can deal with that problem with its vast fulfillment infrastructure. On Tuesday, the company said it will be able to control costs by using a mix of options: fulfillment centers that handle online orders, 4,700 US stores and other fulfillment centers that carry merchandise for stores to ship products.
Walmart’s program is a bit different from Amazon’s. Next day delivery orders require a minimum purchase. But on the other hand, you do not need to have an annual membership to have your stuff at your door step the next day.