Walmart fires back at Amazon in a snarky tweet attacking Prime member fees

Joe Raedle / Getty ImagesWalmart has hinted that it plans to soon offer one-day shipping without a membership fee.

Amazon on Thursday said it would shorten its two-day Prime shipping promise to one day.

Walmart fired back late Friday with a snarky tweet hinting that it was planning to follow Amazon’s lead.

“One-day free shipping…without a membership fee. Now THAT would be groundbreaking. Stay tuned,” the company said in a tweet from its main Twitter account.

Amazon’s new one-day shipping promise applies to members of its Prime membership program, which costs $US119 annually.

Walmart rolled out free two-day shipping in 2017 without any membership fees, though orders must total at least $US35 to qualify.

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Walmart has been working toward one-day shipping for years.

The company said in 2016 that it was capable of shipping packages to 70% of America within one day but hadn’t figured out a way to do it profitably.

Walmart is also building up its same-day-shipping muscle.

In conversations between Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and Quo Vadis Capital last October, McMillon characterised same-day shipping as the “final frontier” that “everyone is racing to develop,” according to John Zolidis, the president of Quo Vadis Capital.

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