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Walmart counters Amazon with cheaper two-day shipping

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Amy R. Connolly
The exterior of a Walmart store in Salinas, Calif. Photo by Ken Wolter/Shutterstock
The exterior of a Walmart store in Salinas, Calif. Photo by Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 12 (UPI) -- Walmart, the nation's biggest retailer, is taking on rival Amazon.com by introducing two-day shipping subscriptions and building a regional delivery network.

Walmart plans to build eight e-commerce warehouses nationwide by the end of the year. The company will also heavily rely on regional delivery companies, steering away from FedEx, which has handled the bulk of its deliveries, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Last year, Walmart introduced Shipping Pass, a three-day shipping service for $50 a year. The program was intended to compete with Amazon Prime, a two-day shipping service for $99 a year.

Beginning Thursday, Walmart's Shipping Pass members will get free two-day shipping. Shipping Pass is available by invitation only.

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