Amazon to roll out free shipping to everyone during 2018 holiday season

Amazon will offer free shipping on holiday purchases

The same week, Walmart announced that two-day shipping would be free for Marketplace items.

The guaranteed time of delivery is between 5-8 days of the time it's shipped. And even beyond groceries, Prime members can use Prime Now to get one- and two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items across dozens of categories in 30 major cities, ideal for last minute parties, gifts or travel.

A few weeks ago, Target announced that it's going to offer customers free 2-day shipping during the holiday season, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with absolutely no requirements.

Amazon is joining its rival retailers in beefing up its free shipping program just ahead of the holiday shopping blitz. Amazon spent more than $7 billion on shipping in the fourth quarter previous year, before subtracting the shipping fees it collects from customers.

The credit ratings agency noted that in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone Amazon's shipping costs amounted to $7.4 billion. With this move, Amazon is forgoing numerous fees it would normally collect to offset shipping costs.

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While this is certainly a move by Amazon to compete with Target and Walmart, it doesn't match their offers.

Target last month raised the stakes for the all-important holiday shopping rush, offering US customers free two-day shipping.

If you are a Prime subscriber, Amazon says Prime Same-Day Delivery now offers more than 3 million items, which is the largest same-day selection from the company ever. Both Target and Best Buy are offering similar promotions.

Amazon also said Monday that it has expanded the number of items and locations where Prime members can get free same-day delivery. Free two-day shipping has always been the core benefit of the Amazon Prime program, which costs $119/year. In both cases, the advantage over Amazon was no paid subscription required to qualify for free shipping.

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