NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is rolling out next-day delivery on its most popular items, increasing the stakes in the retail shipping wars.
The nation’s largest retailer says it’s been building a network of more efficient e-commerce distribution centers to make that happen. The next-day service will cover 220,000 popular items from diapers and non-perishable food items to toys and electronics. That’s nearly double the number of items it carries in its stores.
Next-day delivery service will be available in Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas starting today. In coming days, it will expand to southern California. The discounter plans to roll out the service to 75% of the U.S. population by year-end. It will also be adding hundreds of thousands more products as the program expands.