Amazon Prime is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of free packages, member discounts, and special perks. But did you know that Walmart has a similar subscription service that competes with Prime, even though they say it’s not meant to?
In this piece, we’ll talk about everything about Walmart+, including its features, benefits, and how it compares to Amazon Prime.
How does Walmart Plus work?
Walmart+, also called Walmart Plus, is a subscription service that will be available to people who shop at Walmart starting in 2020. It gives its members different perks, just like Amazon Prime did when it first came out in 2005.
Walmart says that it started Walmart+ as a separate service that isn’t meant to compete with Amazon Prime. However, it has a similar model and offers similar member benefits, such as free deliveries and transactions that don’t require a cashier. In the next part, we’ll talk about some of the key benefits of Walmart+ that make it worth it for subscribers.
What’s Good About Walmart Plus?
The best things about Walmart Plus are that you can get groceries delivered for free and as often as you want, get deals on gas, shop without going to the cashier, and even get access to a streaming service. Note that this is not a complete list, as Walmart plans to add more features to better meet the needs of its customers.
Free Unlimited Deliveries
Walmart+ members can buy groceries, household goods, and other items from its more than 5,000 stores and web marketplace and have them delivered to their door for free.
Also, there are no minimum order requirements for most of its products, which is great for users who like to buy a lot of things at once or who like to look for good deals for their retail arbitrage businesses.
Membership Deals and Exclusive Access
Members of Walmart Plus can get special prices on the thousands of goods sold on its marketplace. Most of the time, these prices are lower than the prices offered to people who are not members. This makes the subscription even more valuable.
Amazon Prime already gives users access to the company’s own streaming service, Prime Video. More recently, Walmart added the Paramount+ streaming service to its membership benefits.
Mobile Scan & Go
Members of Walmart+ who like to shop in person can use the Mobile Scan & Go tool on the Walmart app to scan items as they shop and check out without having to wait in line.
Do you recognize it? It’s similar to the “just walk out” system in Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores. The big advantage for Walmart, though, is that it is a traditional brick-and-mortar store with a much bigger physical footprint across the US than Amazon, which, at the time this article was written, only had a few physical stores in certain areas.
Rewards and Discounts on Gas
Members of Walmart Plus can save up to 10 cents per gallon at gas stations all over the country that are owned by Walmart, Exon, Mobil, and Murphy USA.
This feature alone makes Walmart+ worth it for a lot of its subscribers, especially those who drive a lot or drive big cars, especially since the pandemic has caused inflation to go up and caused general uncertainty in many industries.
What Does It Cost to Join Walmart+?
As of this writing, it costs $12.95 a month or $98 a year to join Walmart+. You can try it for free for 30 days. It’s a bit cheaper than Amazon Prime, which is easy to see. However, the next part shows that it doesn’t have as many features.