Walmart Offers Free 2-Day Shipping, Lowers Minimum Order Requirement

Find out how to cut your costs even if your order is below the new $35 threshold.

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Ordering from Walmart online is now cheaper and faster.

The retail giant announced Tuesday morning that it now offers free two-day shipping on more than 2 million items, with no membership fee necessary anymore.

Walmart has also lowered the minimum purchase amount required to qualify for free shipping from $50 to $35.

The items now eligible for free shipping are sold by Walmart, rather than its third-party marketplace sellers.

Marc Lore, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce, notes in a company blog post that the items “make up the vast majority of what customers buy online.” Items listed in Walmart’s official announcement include:

  • Baby necessities
  • Pet products
  • Food (like cereal and peanut butter)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Beauty favorites
  • Top electronics
  • Top toys

Lore also indicates in Walmart’s announcement that more changes lie ahead for the company:

“Two-day free shipping is the first of many moves we will be making to enhance the customer experience and accelerate growth.”

Lore joined Walmart four months ago, after Walmart acquired his company Jet.com.

Walmart’s new minimum purchase amount to qualify for free shipping, $35, now matches that of Jet.com.

It’s also now cheaper than that of competitor Amazon, which requires you to spend at least $49 to qualify for free shipping — unless your order includes $25 in books or if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

You can still avoid shipping fees on purchases of less than $35, however, by having your order shipped to your local Walmart store and picking it up there. To learn more about how that works, check out “18 Retailers That Offer Free Store Pickup for Online Orders.”

One of Walmart’s main competitors still offers a lower minimum purchase amount to qualify for free shipping, though: Target’s minimum remains $25 as of Tuesday.

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