The naval war between Amazon and Walmart becomes personal.
Jeff Bezos e-commerce company shed tears on Walmart after the retail war announced plans for the next delivery rollout on Tuesday – just weeks after Amazon said it would invest $ 800 million to offer free one-day shipping to its Prime members. Amazon did not immediately provide a timeline for the new option.
In what many consider a jab to Amazon, Walmart said that this week would offer consumers the next day delivery on a "wide range of public goods" worth $ 35 or more without a membership fee. Walmart's NextDay service will kick in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California, eventually expanding to 75 percent (including "40 of the 50 largest US subways") by the US population at the end of the year.
But Amazon wants to remind customers that its one day delivery options are already available in "thousands of cities".
"Others are trying to make up their fast cargo games. Facts are Amazon customers in thousands of cities in 44 major metropolitan areas already have access to millions of goods with free delivery by the same day," Amazon tweeted Tuesday afternoon. "Customers are ready ̵
Bezos took on Twitter hours later to Amazon's $ 1.5 billion new flying hub in Kentucky, which he says will get customers their packages even faster.
"Three million square feet, and it will create 2,000 jobs. And if you guess driving a front loader was fun, you're right! #amazon #prime " he wrote with a video of himself behind a tractor's wheel at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Amazon has a 50-year lease for approximately 900 acres at Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport, where it manages its own freight to reduce costs and bring packages to customers faster.
From Wednesday afternoon Walmart has not responded directly to Amazon's tweet. In a press release on the next round of delivery the next day, Walmart has focused on the benefits for both itself and customers.
"Our new NextDay delivery is not only good for customers, it also provides good business sense. You may think it will cost us less – no more – to deliver orders the next day. That's because legitimate goods come from a single fulfilling center closest to the customer, which means that the order is sent in a box, or as few as possible
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Moody's analyst Charlie O & # 39; Shea wrote in a note on Tuesday that Walmart continues to have a "meaningful advantage" over Amazon in the form of 5,300 business locations.
"In addition to giving consumers access to the same day by downloading online orders in the store, these stores complement a world-class proprietary distribution network, as they are also potential shipping points, "wrote Shea.
Fox Business & Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.