Amazon and Walmart: a pair of retail behemoths, each of which claims to be the one-stop-shopping retailer of your dreams — and the cheapest, too.
It ain’t necessarily so, according to a recent study from LendEDU. The financial products website examined both retailers’ everyday prices for 50 items in five categories: food and beverages, home goods, technology and entertainment, kitchen and home appliances, and miscellaneous items.
Most of the time, the winner was Walmart. If all 50 items were bought at Amazon, the total cost would be 10.37 percent more expensive — and that doesn’t include shipping costs.
In terms of food and beverages, though, Amazon wiped the floor with Sam Walton’s store: It was 22.51 percent less expensive than Walmart.
The study authors suggest this is part of Amazon’s ongoing effort to lure away food shoppers by getting them interested in the ease of online grocery orders. Given that Amazon has both Prime Pantry and Amazon Fresh options (and bought Whole Foods in June 2017), the authors might be correct.
Both Prime Pantry and Amazon Fresh charge for delivery. Amazon Prime members don’t have to pay shipping costs for qualifying items (including some shelf-stable food products); nonmembers can get free shipping by purchasing at least $35 worth of products.
Walmart patrons can also get free shipping for orders of $35 or more, and the retailer offers two other options:
- Curbside grocery pickup: Place an order online, use an app to let the store know you’re outside, and the food gets brought to your car.
- In-store pickup: You can place an online order and arrange to retrieve it from a Walmart store in your area.
And now, let’s take a closer look at what Walmart does better than Amazon: