Coming This Month: Walmart's Answer to Amazon Prime

Walmart+ will cost $98 per year
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 1, 2020 4:30 AM CDT
Updated Sep 1, 2020 6:50 AM CDT
Walmart's Answer to Amazon Prime Launches This Month
This Tuesday, March 17, 2020 file photo shows a Walmart in Warrington, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Walmart is launching a new membership service for shoppers this month that it hopes can compete with Amazon Prime, the AP reports. Called Walmart+, it will cost $98 a year, or $12.95 a month, and give members same-day delivery on 160,000 items, a fuel discount at certain gas stations, and a chance to use an app allowing them to scan items as they shop at Walmart stores, then check out and pay without having to wait at a register. Members will still have to spend at least $35 online to qualify for free shipping. But delivery could be as quick as same day for groceries, toys, and household items, such as toilet paper and soap. Members will get a discount of up to 5 cents a gallon at Murphy gas stations or at the 2,000 Walmart locations that have gas pumps. The company said it’s working to add more gas-station chains to its list.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said Walmart+ will launch Sept. 15. Walmart has a long way to go to catch up with Amazon Prime. Launched in 2005, Prime has more than 150 million members who pay $119 a year, or $12.99 a month, for faster shipping and other perks, such as discounts at Amazon's Whole Foods supermarkets and access to its video streaming site. Walmart's online sales are growing rapidly, especially during the pandemic, when more people have turned to the company to order groceries online and pick them up at a store. But the world's biggest retailer is still a distant second online to Amazon. Walmart is expected to take 6% of all online sales in the US this year, compared to Amazon’s 38%, according to market research firm eMarketer. (Last week, Walmart emerged as a possible suitor for the US business of TikTok.)

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