Feb 01 2017
U.S. retail giant Walmart has launched a free two-day shipping service to customers' homes and stores, with no membership fee.
Walmart previously offered free two-day shipping to customers who paid a $49 fee to participate in Shipping Pass, a subscription service it was piloting. The caveat is that there is a minimum purchase required for free shipping to homes, which Walmart lowered from $50 to $35.
The only catch is that, unlike with Amazon's Prime membership, Walmart customers still have to meet a $35 threshold to qualify for two-day shipping.
Marc Lore, head of Wal-Mart's e-commerce operations, said the company's offer will be "most compelling" for shoppers looking for low prices, a wide assortment and fast shipping. Only these members can enjoy free two-day shipping without a minimum purchase, but they do pay $99 a month for that privilege. Before Jet, Lore had sold his earlier e-commerce company Quidsi, home to Diapers.com and others, to Amazon.
The decision to scrap the membership fee is Lore's boldest move yet to challenge Amazon since he took charge of Wal-Mart's struggling online business.
Customers should find the new free shipping option available now. He also agreed with Lore, believing free two-day shipping is now the norm for e-commerce success.
Prime has more than 50 million members in the USA, according to Cowen and Co.
Walmart has fired yet volley at Amazon. But it's possible others may find it to be a hindrance: Amazon, after all, has been conditioning them for years to place orders however they want, perhaps firing off multiple orders of single items in a matter of minutes. Some 2 million items are eligible.
Meanwhile, Amazon's customer relationships keep getting stickier, as Prime membership goes beyond free shipping and expands to video, Kindle Library, and the Echo.
Of course, Walmart too has a streaming service (it bought Vudu in 2010, and offers free ad-supported streaming of older films), and its stores have always been a prime target during the Black Friday shopping rush.
He indicated there will be more changes at the world's largest retailer.
Feb 01 2017
Eurozone GDP growth beats expectations as inflation edges up and unemployment falls
While here at home, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.1%, down from 7.2% in December 2016. Although it was slightly down from the previous year's two per cent, the figure beat forecasts of 1.6 per cent.
Jan 31 2017
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks about Pres. Donald Trump's ban on immigrants
On Sunday , the Department of Homeland Security said it would continue to enforce the administration's executive order. In addition to Syria, the other countries affected by the ban are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
Jan 31 2017
Airlines Offer Full Refund in Wake of Travel Ban
British Airways , for example, said Monday that it is offering affected customers a refund for their planned travels to the U.S. The organisation said as a "matter of principle" it works for the free movement of trade and people across borders.
Jan 30 2017
GM to slash up to 600 jobs in southwestern Ontario, union says
Canadian auto workers are shocked at a General Motors decision to cut 600 jobs at a plant near London, Ontario. GM says it will shift production of the GMC Terrain SUV from a plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to one in Mexico.
Jan 29 2017
New Allegations: Paula Patton & Robin Thicke's Restraining Orders & Custody Battle
The attorney argued that it was a personal vendetta for Patton who wanted to discredit and hurt Thicke by every means necessary. According to E Online , the judge granted the Hitch actress temporary sole custody of the six-year-old boy.
Jan 28 2017
Take a Look at the First Photo of the Samsung Galaxy S8
Also, the report tips that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have an iris recognition feature that was earlier seen in the Galaxy Note 7. Of course, resolution is just a part of the equation, and we don't know if Samsung is making other improvements to the hardware.
Jan 26 2017
Tiger Woods signs equipment deal with TaylorMade
He'll also play the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Feb. 2-5), Genesis Open (Feb. 16-19) and The Honda Classic (Feb. 23-26). But I still have to go out and do it. "At the time I think we only had about 10 security guards...
Jan 26 2017
Donald Trump Announces Plans To Build Mexico Border Wall
Wednesday's orders do not address refugee admissions or visa policy, as media previously reported citing unnamed insider sources. Some estimates suggest that the cost of the wall will be between $15 billion and $ 25 billion .
Jan 26 2017
1984 tops Amazon's charts as Trump continues to lie
Her interview was widely criticized and she was sub-tweeted by Merriam-Webster dictionary with a definition of the word fact. Since Conway's appearance on " Meet the Press ", social media users were quick to draw comparisons.
Jan 25 2017
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Criminal Past DLC out in February
Though the individual price is unknown, it will be included with the $30 Season Pass which includes all the current DLC. A Criminal Past recounts Adam Jensen's first mission as a TF29 operative.
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Jan 31 2017Almost 200 in downtown Tulsa for pipeline protest
Jan 29 2017Nigerians lose bid to sue oil giant Shell
Jan 29 2017Turkey may cancel Greece migration deal in extradition row
Jan 28 2017Federal workers defy Trump and set up rogue Twitter accounts
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Jan 26 2017Hollywood Walk of Fame star for 80s group New Edition
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Feb 01 2017Australia, US agree to deal exempting Australian citizens from travel ban
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Jan 31 2017Snap will reportedly file publicly for its massive IPO late next week
Jan 31 2017Hyperloop passenger pods hurtle along a test track in California contest
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