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Bloomberg reports that Walmart “is expanding its next-day delivery service to more than a dozen new states as the world’s biggest retailer girds up to battle Inc. for back-to-school shoppers … The offer, which debuted in May for customers in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Southern California, is now available in the South and Midwest, including in parts of Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Wisconsin.”

Walmart has said it would like next-day delivery to be available in about three-quarters of the U.S. by the end of the year.

Business Insider reports that “Walmart is offering thousands of deals to counter Amazon Prime Day,” hoping to “steal some fire” from the promotion that last year reportedly generated some $4 billion in sales for Amazon.

This year, when Amazon decided that it will have two Prime Days - July 15-16 - Walmart “is planning to release thousands of ‘special buys’ and ‘rollbacks’ - which is Walmart's term for discounts - between July 14 and 17, a Walmart spokeswoman told Business Insider. Deals will include discounts of more than $100 on items like the HP 15.6-inch HD Touch Display Laptop and the Dyson Multifloor Bagless Upright Vacuum, the company said.”

According to the story, “This isn't the first time that Walmart has offered discounts to rival Amazon Prime Day. The company, along with hundreds of other retailers, including Target, eBay, and Macy's, now offers discounts every year around the annual shopping event. Analysts have started referring to this widespread promotional activity as ‘Black Friday in July’ … About 70% of consumers plan to shop Amazon during the July sales events, while 44% plan to shop Walmart, 40% plan to shop Target, and 24% plan to shop Best Buy, according to a survey by Bazaarvoice, a retail consulting firm.”
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