May 16, 9:53 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Jason Moser AND Mac Greer 05/16/19 AT 9:40 PM First, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) got America hooked on fast, free shipping of e-commerce purchases with its two-day Amazon Prime perk. Then the company added a raft of other streaming, shopping, and reading-related benefits to the program, which made it an even more compelling deal. Any large retailer that wanted to stay competitive online had to provide something in the same vein. So when Amazon raised the bar with its soon-to-debut one-day free shipping upgrade, the obvious question was: How will its biggest rivals respond?On Tuesday, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) revealed its official reply: a plan to offer free one-day shipping for 220,000 items from Walmart.com. In this segment from MarketFoolery, host Mac Greer and senior analyst Jason Moser discuss these two businesses, their relative … [Read more...] about Is Walmart’s 1-Day Free Shipping Riposte Sharp Enough?
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By Khadeeja Safdar WSJ Fri., April 26, 2019 Shares of Target Corp. and Walmart Inc. dipped the day after Amazon.com Inc. said its Prime members would be getting free one-day delivery instead of its current two-day offer. Target shares were down 5.65%, to $77.12, and Walmart shares declined 1.92%, to $101.53, on Friday. Both retailers offer free two-day shipping on orders $35 and up, as well as an array of other delivery and pickup options. Amazon said Thursday the $800 million move to one-day shipping would add products and ZIP Codes throughout the world, but the company didn’t specify when the policy would be implemented. “It’s a significant step, and it will take us time to achieve, and we want to ensure we have good delivery experience for our customers as we evolve this offer,” said Brian Olsavsky, Amazon’s chief financial officer. Amazon shares inched up 2.54% on Friday. Article Continued Below The most profitable shoppers for … [Read more...] about Target, Walmart Shares Take Hit After Amazon’s Move to One-Day Shipping
As Amazon is an online retailer, all returns to the company must be conducted using the post office or shipping companies. Within 30 days of a purchase or receipt of a gift,Amazon will accept returns without hassle; after that period, many items are still eligible for return or replacement if they prove defective. Here’s how to return an item to Amazon, whether you bought it, got it as a gift, or received it by mistake. Before we talk about how to return things to Amazon, I feel I should give you a quick heads up: if you return too many things in too short of a time, Amazon may well ban you from shopping with them. It’s rare, but it happens, and the usual cause of an Amazon ban is serial purchase returns. So even though this online retail powerhouse makes it almost painfully easy to click and order this, that, and the other thing (anything, e.g.), you still need to think before you buy. If you thought a good ongoing plan was going to order things, use or wear them … [Read more...] about How to return a gift or purchased item on Amazon
Becoming an Amazon seller is a great way to make a few bucks off that used text book, a thoughtful but unwanted gift, or off of vintage or collectible items. If you complete fewer than 50 sales on Amazon annually and sell items for less than their original price, you don’t need to worry about tax documents. Here is how to set up an “Individual” seller account and start selling with Amazon. When you think of the process going on behind an Amazon sale, you likely picture a complex network of computers and servers, a massive warehouse teeming with workers (or robots), and a fleet of big white vans rushing products all around the nation. That snapshot is accurate for most Amazon sales, but in fact a good portion of Amazon sales also come from individuals operating small virtual storefronts from a home office (or living room couch). Amazon sellers have the advantage of the well-oiled Amazon Seller Central portal, through which they can easily post products, respond … [Read more...] about How to start selling items on Amazon — a step-by-step guide
Amazon and Wayfair are two popular options when it comes to shopping for furniture online. But how do these competitors compare? Amazon and Wayfair boast different strengths, but Wayfair ultimately offers a more straightforward furniture-shopping experience. These days, people who need furniture and hate shopping have a ton of options. Plenty of retailers – both digital and store-centric – offer customers the opportunity to make major furniture purchases online. And Amazon and Wayfair are two of the biggest players in the game. Amazon got its start shipping books, but it now offers all sorts of goods across different categories. Wayfair specialises in home goods and furnishings. Wayfair has been in the furniture business since 2002, but Amazon recently encroached on the home goods retailer’s territory by unrolling private-label furniture brands Rivet and Stone & Beam. Business Insider recently decided to compare the two companies when it comes to shopping … [Read more...] about We compared ordering furniture on Amazon and Wayfair — here’s what we found