Amazon to Offer Free Shipping on Holiday Orders

Amazon will offer free shipping on holiday purchases

Amazon will offer free shipping on holiday purchases

This is the first time that Amazon has chose to drop its minimum order requirement.

Prime members already get free shipping on all eligible orders with no minimum required, but without the holiday promotion, non-Prime shoppers must spend at least $25 to land free shipping.

Some of Amazon's competitors are also offering free shipping this holiday season. From today, all Amazon customers qualify for free shipping with no minimum spend on "orders that will arrive in time for the Christmas holiday".

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This is the first time Amazon is offering such an offer, though the company had free shipping for orders over $25 past year. For instance, Amazon's non-Prime free shipping program includes hundreds of millions of items, far more than Walmart's entire online selection of over 75 million. The deal lasts until Amazon can no longer promise items in time for Christmas with free delivery, which typically takes five to eight business days. Amazon spent more than $7 billion on shipping in the fourth quarter a year ago, before subtracting the shipping fees it collects from customers. The company expects sales for the fourth quarter to be between $66.5 billion and $72.5 billion. Retail sales this holiday season are expected to rise by as much as 4.8 percent in 2018, according to the National Retail Federation, as the USA economy continues to strengthen.

The tool will be present in the Amazon app and will allow customers to place "selected products" in their home before they make a transaction using augmented reality technology. The company usually sets the final date toward the end of the season.

With the all-important holiday season kicking off around Thanksgiving later this month, retailers are jockeying for customers' dollars and hoping to outpace Amazon, which takes up almost 50 cents of each dollar spent online in the US.

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