Walmart Is Getting Rid of This Starting Friday
It's good news for certain Walmart shoppers.
If you want to get your items from Walmart as soon as possible, you no longer have to spend a ton of money to do it. The company announced this week that beginning on Friday, Dec. 4, Walmart+ will be dropping its $35 order minimum for free one- or two-day shipping. Now, Walmart+ members will receive free speedy shipping no matter how much the contents of their cart come to. The move is also a boon to consumers who don't feel comfortable shopping in-store during the pandemic (despite Walmart's safety protocols), but don't want to have to spend a set amount just to get a few items delivered quickly.
"No other membership allows customers across the country to get everything from gingerbread cookies and eggnog to holiday decorations and toys delivered for free as soon as the same day," Walmart's Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside said in a statement. "Walmart+ is designed to make life easier—giving customers an option to not have to sacrifice on cost or convenience."
However, there are some restrictions around Walmart+'s new offering. "Delivery from Walmart stores on items like groceries will still carry a $35 minimum," the company's press release reads.
The move is the latest in the battle between the nation's two biggest retailers, Walmart and Amazon, with Walmart+ being the brick-and-mortar retailer's answer to Amazon Prime. This quick shipping with no minimum order has been one of Amazon Prime's key selling points since its introduction in 2007. Walmart's competing service only launched in Sept. 2020, but the $35 minimum order was the obvious drawback when comparing the two—until now, that is.
Read on for other benefits of Walmart+, and for more on the latest news from the retail giant, check out Walmart Is Now Doing This as Soon as You Go in the Store.
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You can save on gas.
Walmart+ members can save 5 cents per gallon on fuel at Walmart & Murphy stations. And for another perk that's making a comeback, here's The One Thing Customers Have Missed Most That Walmart Is Bringing Back.
And you can take advantage of Sam's Club perks, too.
In the Dec. 2 announcement, Walmart said they're expanding where Walmart+ members can use their gas savings to include Sam's Club fuel stations across the U.S. That gives Walmart+ members discounts on gas at more than 2,500 Walmart fuel stations, Murphy USA fuel stations, Murphy Express fuel stations, and Sam's Club fuel stations nationwide. And for more news from this superstore, find out why Walmart Is Banned From Selling This One Thing in Texas.
You can use contact-free checkout at Walmart stores.
For customers who are still visiting stores but want to minimize the time spent there for both convenience and COVID purposes, the Walmart+ Scan-and-Go app allows Walmart+ members to scan items around the store, and pay with a contact-free checkout. And for more regular updates on retail news, sign up for our daily newsletter.
And you can get your groceries delivered in one-hour windows.
Yes, for free grocery delivery from Walmart+, orders still need to be over $35. But the good news is, unlike most grocery delivery services, Walmart+ gives you an hourlong delivery window. And for info on where working at Walmart puts the most cash in your pocket, check out This Is the State Where Walmart Employees Are Paid the Best.