Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) Launches Same-Day Delivery, Amazon (AMZN) Faces Competition

Amazon.com, Inc.(NASDAQ:AMZN) woke up to a lump of coal when it found that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.(NYSE:WMT) has declared the test launch of the same-day delivery feature in a number of cities. The new service comes at a time when holidays are just around the corner. Also the time emphasizes on the advantage enjoyed by the biggets retailer of the world in the race to let customers get what they want.

The same-day delivery option is branded by Walmart To Go. It became available to shopper in Northern Virginia a week back. People in Philadelphia started enjoying the service two days later. The service is supposed to launch in Minnepolis shortly. People in San Francisco can possibly avail the service by the end of this month or starting of November. For a flat $10 cost, customers can go online and order a number of same-day items with no minimum purchase mark. Genres include toys, houseware, sporting goods and electronics. If they get their orders in before noon time, they get to choose a four-hour window for UPS to deliver the order on the very day.

Walmart customers are willing to avail the choice of same-day delivery – the firm says it found so through a survey. This does not come as a surprise as most US resident reside within driving distance of one of the country’s 3,100 Walmart Supercenters. Same-day deliveries combine the convenience of online ordering and home delivery with something approximately the immediate satisfaction of visiting the store.

Amazon has tested this delivery option and appears to be working on increasing its delivery speed by building new distribution centers in California and other close places to where people reside.

Industry analysts are of the opinion that proximity of goods to customers prevents the delivery waits. However, Amazon seems unlikely to catch up to Walmart in its ability to get its wares close to where its customers live.

Shares of WMT made a new high of $76.81 and closed at $75.43.

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