WSJ Investigates Speed of Delivery Services From Walmart, Target, and Amazon

In a comparison of delivery speeds, the Wall Street Journal conducted a test ordering toothpaste from Walmart, Target, and Amazon, noting each company’s promise of rapid delivery times. All three retailers delivered within the promised time frame in Brooklyn, New York, with Target delivering early. The video also explores consumer preferences on delivery speed versus cost, the impact of Amazon’s Prime service on customer expectations, the competition among retailers to offer faster delivery, and varying consumer opinions on the necessity of such rapid service.

  • Walmart, Target, and Amazon are cutting delivery times, promising delivery within days.
  • Target delivered the toothpaste earlier than promised, earning customer approval.
  • Consumer reactions to faster delivery are mixed, with some prioritizing price over speed.
  • Amazon Prime and Walmart+ offer subscription services for free, fast shipping, with Amazon’s membership count significantly higher.
  • Target provides free two-day shipping for store-branded credit card users or orders over $35; similar minimums apply for Amazon and Walmart non-members.
  • Over 90% of consumers expect delivery in two to three days; 30% expect same-day delivery.
  • Customer patience for delivery times has decreased, with immediate needs influencing faster delivery expectations.
  • 42% of shoppers consider both delivery speed and cost when choosing where to shop.
  • Amazon’s average delivery speed is three times faster than other US retailers, including Walmart and Target.
  • Amazon continues to push industry standards with its expansion of same-day delivery services.
  • Opinions vary on whether the focus should be on faster delivery or higher quality products.

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