And sure enough, Walmart responded by announcing today that they will also offer next day shipping. “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.”
Of course Amazon and Walmart have very different philosophies on shipping.
Amazon sells an annual Prime membership with free next day shipping sitewide or offers slower free shipping on $25+ orders if you’re not a Prime member.
Walmart gave up on their $49/year ShippingPass membership after a mere 7 months. That seemed far too quick to raise the white flag without ever pushing for mass adoption.
Walmart now requires a $35+ order for free shipping and it will stay at that threshold for next day free shipping.
Personally I prefer Amazon’s method so that I don’t need to think about needing to hit a $35 minimum whenever I want to order something. It doesn’t hurt that I can use my Chase Ink Cash card to earn 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar (worth 7.5-10% back) on Amazon purchases either.