Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Amazon offers USA customers free holiday shipping to compete with Target

Amazon's warehouse in Fall River Massachusetts.                  Ben Fox Rubin  CNET Amazon's warehouse in Fall River Massachusetts. Ben Fox Rubin CNET
Jodi Jackson | 05 November, 2018, 23:05

This year, both Walmart and Target chose to beat Amazon on shipping, but Amazon just responded with its own shipping offer. If Amazon's shipping costs keep rising at a similar pace, they could easily top $9 billion in the current quarter.

This is the first time Amazon is offering such an offer, though the company had free shipping for orders over $25 a year ago.

The announcement comes in the wake of free shipping promotions at Walmart and Target.

While Amazon's offer notably doesn't include two-day shipping, the e-commerce giant appears to be relying on its much larger assortment of goods to draw in customers.

Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O said on Monday it would offer free shipping with no purchase minimum for the first time this holiday season, heating up the competition with Walmart Inc WMT.N and other rivals vying for customers' Christmas shopping. In both cases, the advantage over Amazon was no paid subscription required to qualify for free shipping. The Amazon help page explains that delivery will take five-to-eight working days and then only after all the items in your order are available, including pre-ordered products. Target dropped its minimum purchase amount last week, offering free two-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items until December 22.

In addition, Amazon said the number of items available for free same-day delivery to Prime members now tops 3 million. Walmart, arguably Amazon's biggest competitor in the U.S., has kept its $35 minimum threshold for free shipping for this holiday season (so far, at least).

"Free shipping is one of the easiest promotions to execute for a retailer, and is certainly popular among consumers, however it is a very costly initiative to undertake", Moody's Lead Retail Analyst Charlie O'Shea said in a statement.

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