Walmart has been a star of the high-demand coronavirus era, blending the convenience of online shopping with brick-and-mortar familiarity.
According to a report by Recode, the new subscription service, called Walmart+, was originally going to launch this spring, but coronavirus caused delays. Now, it looks like it will launch before July ends. Here’s what you need to know:
Walmart+ will reportedly cost $98/year — the same as Delivery Unlimited.
That’s lower than the $119 Prime annual membership. Coming in at the same $98 price point as Walmart’s unlimited delivery program, it’s likely that Walmart+ will replace Delivery Unlimited once it launches.
Same-day grocery delivery and priority Pickup slots are said to be part of Walmart+.
Pickup slots were hard to come by for many shoppers during the coronavirus pandemic, and one of the big perks reportedly coming to Walmart+ will be reserved Pickup time slots, as well as open-slot notifications, for subscribers.
Walmart hasn’t officially announced the program, but the Recode report also says it will include unlimited same-day delivery and even some two-hour deliveries.
It looks like members will also get early access to deals and cheaper Walmart gas.
Other Walmart+ perks are said to include:
- Fuel discounts at Walmart gas stations
- Early access to special sales
- Scan & Go service to avoid checkout lines
Walmart may even unveil their own version of Prime Video.
Walmart may have sold their Vudu streaming service to Fandango, but they’re far from out of the streaming game.
They’ve flexed their entertainment muscles this month with their Trolls watch party and new Camp by Walmart offerings, possibly pointing to Walmart+’s future. The Recode report says video entertainment is going to be a part of the new program.