Walmart offers ShippingPass for free

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is offering a free 30-day trial of its ShippingPass program, as the retailer kicks off a series of savings events during July.

ShippingPass was created to compete with Amazon Prime and originally included three-day shipping. The membership program now provides unlimited two-day shipping with no minimum order for $49 a year.

Walmart is now offering one month of ShippingPass for free on a trial basis to new users and is giving existing members an extra month at no charge.

The deal ushers in a month of savings including the newly revived Rollback, according to Fernando Madeira, president and CEO, US.

"In the spirit of Independence Day, the prices we'll be offering will be available for anybody: Liberty and Low Prices for All," Madeira said on the retailer's blog. "Just remember, if the day you shop with us ends in a 'y,' you'll be saving."

"As we celebrate Independence Day and the weeks that follow, we have some exciting things coming," said Madeira. "We have some other ways we're going to connect our app, site and store for customers in the coming weeks, so stay tuned."

Walmart has been focused on returning to its core competencies. This year began with the announcement that it would close experimental small formats and concentrate on supercenter operations. It then brought back the Rollback and accompanying smiley face symbol to signify low prices, re-introduced greeters at entrances, and recently said it would phase out price matching in favor of new everyday low prices.

For more:
- see this Walmart blog post

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