Walmart leaks details of unlimited shipping service

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) has inadvertently revealed more details about its upcoming three-day shipping service, which aims to challenge Amazon Prime.

ShippingPass, as the platform is called, was temporarily live and allowed shoppers to sign up and place orders, reported TechCrunch. The sneak peak showed the range of items available, delivery geographies, and the availability of free shipping on a number of items beyond those that could ship in three days.

The sign-up link was part of an internal alpha test and was not meant to be distributed, according to Walmart. The wait list page shows that unlimited shipping will be $50 per year once it goes live.

Though launch cities were not named, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and P.O. Boxes were excluded from delivery, and three-day delivery was only guaranteed for orders placed by noon local time.

Walmart emailed users that signed up for the program to explain that the would-be launch was a mistake and credited them with a $50 eGift card.

Walmart's plans to launch unlimited shipping were revealed earlier this month. The program will run along with other new e-commerce initiatives including curbside pickup and home delivery options. The retailer has had its share of success in e-commerce as of late, having reported a 17 percent jump in online sales in the latest quarter.

Currently Walmart requires customers to order $50 or more to receive free shipping.

For more:
-See this TechCrunch article
-See this FierceRetailIT story

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