"Contrary to what you might think, it will cost us less - not more - to deliver orders the next day".
Walmart said the next-day delivery will be made available in Phoenix and Las Vegas first and will expand to Southern California in the coming days.
Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery beginning in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Southern California, with plans to reach approximately 75% of the USA population this year. The offer is open to all Walmart shoppers.
A customer can visit Walmart.com and toggles into the NextDay delivery service to view items that are eligible for free NextDay delivery.
The service will be available for approximately 220,000 items that are "most frequently purchased" online.
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Such orders are consolidated in boxes and travel short distances by ground, making them less costly than delivering items from multiple locations, according to Lore. Amazon has declined to say when the switch will happen, but it already offers one-day delivery for some items in certain areas.
"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.
After coyly hinting about a major shift in its shipping policies, Walmart has filed the latest salvo in the retail wars, announcing free one-day shipping starting this week.
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.
The move ramps up Walmart's efforts to keep pace in electronic commerce with Amazon, which offers speedy deliveries to its Prime subscription members.
Walmart also said it is positioned to offer even faster delivery to customers within the near future.
Walmart has been planning free next day shipping for a while.