Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) will start to offer free next-day delivery in three cities. The plan allows customers who order from Walmart.com to get the service, but orders have to total over $35.
Marc Lore, president and CEO, Walmart eCommerce U.S., authored a letter in which he wrote:
We’re adding free NextDay delivery on a wide range of general merchandise from Walmart.com, without a membership fee. NextDay delivery will be available first to Walmart.com customers in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and will expand to Southern California in the coming days. It will roll out gradually over the coming months, with a plan to reach approximately 75% of the U.S. population this year, which includes 40 of the top 50 major U.S. metro areas.
The plan is up against a similar program at Walmart rival Amazon.
Walmart’s NextDay delivery offers a stand-alone, curated shopping experience where customers can browse up to 220,000 of the items most frequently purchased, ranging from diapers and laundry detergent to toys and electronics, with more assortment to be added. It is available on eligible orders of $35 or more, with the specific assortment varying by customer location.
Walmart did not give a partial list of items that would be included. It did, however, detail how the program will work:
A customer visits Walmart.com and toggles into the NextDay delivery experience to view items that are eligible for free NextDay delivery.
After adding items to their cart, the customer proceeds to checkout. Everything in the cart must be eligible for NextDay delivery to qualify. Cut-off times vary by location.
Of course, the cut-off time means that next day delivery may not be the next day at all.