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Subscription Program Walmart+ to Launch Sept. 15

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart+, the $98 per year subscription program the company insists isn’t competing with Amazon Prime when it is, will launch Sept. 15, offering free same-day delivery on 160,000 items. Monthly membership is $12.95, similar to Prime, and a 15-day free trial is available. Members of Delivery Unlimited will automatically revert to Walmart+.

Building the Best Subscription Box for Your Customers

| Nicole Lee

Subscription boxes have grown in popularity, largely by offering a curated collection of items designed to delight recipients. With multiple components, however, order fulfillment can often be a complex, labor-intensive process. To ensure optimal efficiency and control costs, it is important to approach the kitting process strategically.

Walmart+ Coming Soon, Cheaper Alternative to Amazon Prime

| Mike O'Brien

After putting it off for four months due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Walmart plans to finally roll out its own $98 a year subscription program this month to challenge the outright dominance of Amazon Prime. It will reportedly include access to Walmart’s new two-hour grocery delivery service, deals and discount gas, Recode reported.

Return to Sender? The Ins and Outs of Subscription Box Returns

| Nicole Lee

While subscription box businesses may not experience the 20% to 30% return rates of ecommerce, they still wrestle with their share, and how they handle them can significantly impact subscriber retention. It is critical to provide efficient, hassle-free service and prompt refunds where necessary. Here are key factors to consider.

7 Strategies to Get the Most from Your Subscription Box 3PL

| Nicole Lee

Order fulfillment can be overwhelming, particularly as your subscription box business grows and evolves. You’ve put considerable time and effort into building your business, and you want to find a fulfillment partner who can help meet your goals and give them the tools to succeed. These 7 strategies can help guide the process.

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Walmart+ Is Coming to Compete With Amazon Prime

| Douglas P. Clement

We had just heard about Walmart’s new fulfillment service competitive with FBA, when we learned the retail giant was launching a membership program a la Amazon Prime. Recode reported Walmart will begin testing the membership program as early as March, initially as a rebrand of same-day grocery service Delivery Unlimited.

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Subscription Box Fulfillment

| Nicole Lee

Order fulfillment is one of the biggest challenges for subscription box companies. Peak order processing, unpredictable growth patterns, slim profit margins and high shipping costs are just a few of the most common pain points. Want to master subscription box fulfillment? Steer clear of these 7 common pitfalls.

Be Prepared for These 5 Questions from Subscription Box Customers

| Nicole Lee

Customers may enjoy an element of surprise with their subscription box contents – but not when it comes to order details. Successful subscription companies make it a priority to educate customers about the fulfillment process and manage expectations. You should be able to anticipate and address these 5 customer questions.

2020: The Year of Subscription Service Growth and Iteration

| Carl Gold

One thing is clear: we’re living in a subscription service economy that is only going to expand. Brands from Nike and Bloomingdales to Coca-Cola, Mercato and GNC have taken the plunge, and organizations across all industries are seeing subscription offerings as a growth engine. Here are 4 predictions for subscription services in 2020.