Retailer Launches Last-Minute Online Destination, Unveils Holiday
Shipping Cut-Off Dates
BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With Christmas less than two weeks away, nearly 90 percent of customers
still have some shopping to do, according to Walmart’s internal
research. Walmart today unveiled its plans to serve last-minute shoppers
with a free Christmas Eve Pickup commitment for eligible orders placed
online by 6 p.m. local time on Dec. 23. The retailer also launched a
new online destination for last-minute shoppers and released
shipping cut-off dates.
“We’ve promised customers that we will be there for them the entire
holiday season whether they are shopping for gifts or the everyday
basics they count on us for,” said Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising
officer, Walmart U.S. “We are making it easy for customers to find
last-minute gifts in stores and online by ensuring we’re stocked with
top items and offering Pickup through Dec. 24. December is also the
biggest month for food and we are ready for grocery shoppers purchasing
ingredients for all occasions – from everyday meals to Christmas dinner.”
Pickup on Dec. 24
Walmart is ensuring customers shopping online will be able to get their gifts
up until the very last minute through its free
Pickup service, available in more than 3,900 stores across the
country. Customers who order an item available for Pickup online by 6
p.m. local time on Dec. 23 will be able to pick up the item in stores on
Dec. 24 by 6 p.m. local time. Qualifying items will be tagged as “Free
Pickup Today.” For the first time, Walmart launched a dedicated online
so customers can easily find items that are available for same-day
Pickup the days leading up to Christmas. The site will feature thousands
of items and will indicate what is available at local stores. Pickup,
especially same-day, has been incredibly popular throughout the holiday
season with 10 times as many Pickup orders placed on peak days compared
to an average day.
Top Gifts for Last-Minute Shoppers
Toys for all ages including bicycles and ride-ons such as Chaos
and Trouble bikes for $79.97 and a 12V
Yamaha Raptor for $199 ($50 savings), Walmart exclusives such as
Mutant Ninja Turtle Remote Control Skateboarding Mikey for $49
($10 savings) and classic toys like the EZ Bake Oven for $28.88
($18.86 savings) and Barbie
Dreamhouse for $149 ($27 savings). Walmart also moved up shipments
in toys, including Barbies, Legos, PJ Masks and My Little Pony, that
typically arrive in January to have them on shelves for the end of
New technology such as connected home, virtual reality and
drones including the exclusive Promark
3D Virtual Reality HD Drone for $148, Dream
Vision VR Headset for $17.88 and Google
Home for $129.
Popular new cameras such as the Walmart-exclusive Fuji Instax
Mini7s Camera with 10-pack film for $49 ($10 savings) and GoPro
Hero 5 Session Camera for $299.
Televisions and streaming devices such as a Roku
55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $428, a VIZIO SmartCast 65-inch
4K Ultra HDTV with Chromecast for $778 and the Roku Express+ for $39.
Video games and consoles including top video games Call
of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Madden
NFL 17 for $39.82 each ($20 savings) and video game consoles
such as Xbox One S White 500GB Battlefield 1 Console Bundle for
$269 ($30 savings) and PlayStation 4 Uncharted 4 Console Bundle
for $269 ($30 savings).
Laptops and tablets like the HP
Manhattan Gold Ci5 Touch Laptop for $499 ($100 savings) and a
Samsung Tab A 8-inch Tablet for $149 ($20 savings).
High-quality private brand items including the Hotel Style
500-Thread Count Queen Sheet Set for $48.22, Better Homes and Gardens
Velvet Plush Throw for $8.88, assorted Hyper
Tough Tools for $18.73 each and an Ozark
Trail 30 Oz Tumbler for $9.74.
Sleepwear for the whole family including $12.88 Kids’
Licensed Sleepwear and Women’s Plush Sleep Pants for $8.44.
Athletic and outer wear including Boys’ Russell Tech Fleece
Hoodies for $14.44 and Pants for $11.44, Ladies’ Avia Performance
Leggings for $15.86 and SwissTech Three-in-One Jackets for kids for
Jewelry including Costume Jewelry for $4.88 and a Keepsake 1/2
Carat T.W. Genuine Diamond Limited Edition Ring in Sterling Silver for
Cooking and serving essentials including the Farberware
Air Fryer for $79, Pioneer Woman 14-Piece Cutlery Block Set for
$59 ($10 savings) and Pioneer
Woman 10-Piece Cookware Set for $89 ($10 savings).
Last Days to Ship and Free Shipping on Toys
For customers looking to have gifts delivered right to their doorsteps,
Dec. 22 at noon local time is the last day to place an order on
Walmart.com for rush delivery. Standard shipping will be available until
Dec. 20. Additionally, Walmart is offering free two-day shipping on more
than 1,500 toys from Dec. 14 to Dec. 21.
Delivering for December Meals
December is full of last-minute meals and occasions, from big family
get-togethers to weeknight dinners and office parties. In fact, 10 of
Walmart’s top-selling food days are in December. This season, Walmart
also launched new seasonal food items including the Patti LaBelle
Limited Edition Premium Sweet Potato Pie, Hershey’s
Kissmas Sweater Kisses and Pringles Sugar Cookie Crisps.
Christmas Eve Hours
Walmart stores will close at 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve – two
hours earlier than previous years. Pickup will be available until stores
close for orders placed on Dec. 23.
“Our associates work hard all year to make this holiday season special
for our customers, and we appreciate what they do every day,” added
Judith McKenna, chief operating officer, Walmart U.S. “We also know that
getting home on Christmas Eve to spend time with families is important.
That’s why this year we’ll be closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.”
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save
money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online,
and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million
customers and members visit our 11,593 stores under 63 banners in 28
countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016
revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.4 million
associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in
sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.
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