Wal­mart launches $98-a-year an­swer to Ama­zon Prime

Chicago Sun-Times - - BUSINESS -

NEW YORK — Wal­mart is launch­ing a new mem­ber­ship ser­vice that it hopes can com­pete with Ama­zon Prime.

Called Wal­mart+, it will cost $98 a year, or $12.95 a month, and give mem­bers same­day de­liv­ery on 160,000 items, a fuel dis­count at cer­tain gas sta­tions and a chance to check out at Wal­mart stores with­out hav­ing to wait at a reg­is­ter.

Wal­mart has a long way to go to catch up with Ama­zon Prime. Launched in 2005, Prime has more than 150 mil­lion mem­bers world­wide who pay $119 a year, or $12.99 a month, for faster ship­ping and other perks, such as dis­counts at Ama­zon’s Whole Foods su­per­mar­kets and ac­cess to its video stream­ing site.

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