Amazon expands items for free one-day delivery
Seattle-based Amazon is expanding its free one-day delivery for its Prime members, as the company tries to keep up with Walmart’s recently established next-day delivery program.
According to a press release, the company’s free next-day delivery option is now available on over 10 million products with no minimum purchasing amount. The company said it started expanding eligible products and delivery areas in early April.
"The most popular one-day items range from books, beauty and baby wipes to devices, dish detergent and doggie bags," the retailer said in a press release. The company also said it "will keep adding more selection and expanding our delivery areas to ensure Prime members get their products faster than ever."
The announcement comes shortly after Walmart announced it will begin offering next-day delivery on orders over $35, which came less than three weeks after Amazon said it would cut its Prime program's default shipping speed to one day.
Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart’s new offering, which requires no membership or other fees, will initially be available to customers only in Phoenix and Las Vegas beginning this week, and will then expand to customers in Southern California. The rollout will then continue gradually over the months ahead, with a goal of reaching 75% of the U.S. population — including 40 of the top 50 U.S. metros — by year-end.