Walmarts marketplace items get free 2-day shipping, in-store returns

With Fulfillment by Amazon, marketplace sellers can make their products eligible for Amazon Primes 2-day shipping. Today, Walmart is catching up on this front. The retailer today announced its expanding its 2-day shipping to the millions of products offered by its own marketplace sellers. This expansion will roll out in the months ahead, alongside a process for simpler returns on marketplace purchases.
Walmart first launched free, 2-day shipping across millions of products back in January 2017, for orders that were over $35. The move was meant to challenge Amazon Prime, as all it required was a minimum purchase not an annual membership fee.
Now, that same shipping option will be made available across Walmarts marketplace, too.
The company says it will initially work with its hundreds of high-performing sellers to introduce free, two-day shipping across their eligible items in the U.S. This is being announced today, but will roll out more broadly in the coming months, Walmart notes.
The company tells us its implementing 2-day shipping in a number of ways.
Its enabling it for sellers with their own internal capabilities and itsintroducing the ability to implement geographical settings so two-day shipping is available for specific areas based on the location of an individual sellers fulfillment network, it says.
Plus, Walmart is working with third-party providers to help fulfill the items, such as Deliverr.
Walmarts marketplace items get free 2-day shipping, in-store returns

In addition to two-day shipping, Walmart is simplifying returns for items bought through its online marketplace by offering an easier way to manage online returns. Customers will now be able to log into their account and print out a return label to ship items directly back to sellers.
But shipping isnt always the easiest way to manage returns. Thats where the retailers brick-and-mortar stores will come in. Starting in mid-November, customers will be able to return their eligible marketplace purchases in Walmart stores at the Services desk.
Previously, Walmarts own items could be returned in store, but not those bought from third-party sellers.
Walmart says that 140 million customers shop its stores weekly, and 90% of Americans today live within 10 miles of one of its locations.
With this change, Walmart will facilitate the return of marketplace items by shipping items back to sellers on the customers behalf. The customer will then receive a refund from the seller.
This service will be available at all of Walmarts 4,700 stores, the retailer notes.
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