BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dear Santa's elves, it’s time to start saving. Walmart is unwrapping its first round of 2014 holiday offerings, including the low prices it's known for and its broadest assortment ever on the items customers need for gift-giving, decorating, family gatherings and every occasion in between.
On Nov. 1, the retailer will offer more than 20,000 Rollbacks on items including groceries and popular brands such as Disney “Frozen," Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Samsung, and Dell. Just two days later, Walmart is bringing back its popular 24-hour holiday cyber savings event. All season long, customers can take advantage of free shipping on millions of items* from Walmart.com.
“Helping families deliver an amazing Christmas doesn’t start on Black Friday, it starts now,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “As soon as they put away their Halloween costumes, our customers start prepping for Thanksgiving, buying Christmas trees and shopping for gifts. They want the best deals now and we’re here for them today, next week and throughout the season. Our strategy is simple: lead with low prices, offer the best brands, make shopping easier than ever and bring the holiday joy that only Walmart can deliver.”
Walmart has expanded its digital shelves to include 7 million items – one million more than last holiday season. Deals typically reserved for Black Friday and Cyber Monday start on Walmart.com shortly after midnight Pacific Time on Monday, Nov. 3. They include:
- Sony 48” LED HDTV for $348, was $448
- Nintendo 2DS Handheld Video Game System for $79, was $129
- Barbie Dreamhouse for $120, was $148.82 and
- Nextbook 7.85” tablet with 8GB memory for $49, was $99
The retailer will also offer hundreds of weekly online specials on electronics, apparel, home and toys. Same-day pickup in Walmart stores is available while supplies last at no additional charge. In addition, free shipping to customers' homes is available for orders totaling $50 or more. Customers can also choose free shipping to Walmart’s more than 4,300 stores.*
“We are taking care of our customers today and all season long no matter how they shop – whether in our stores, online or on their mobile devices,” said Fernando Madeira, president and chief executive officer, Walmart.com U.S. “More than 65 percent of Walmart customers have smartphones and they look to us to provide a flexible shopping experience when, how and where they want.”
Saving Catcher Expansion and New Mobile Feature
Timed for Thanksgiving meal planning, Walmart is expanding Savings Catcher to bring even more savings to the kitchen. Beginning Nov. 2, holiday turkey and ham will be eligible for Savings Catcher, giving families confidence that they're getting a great price on these holiday meal essentials.**
In addition, Walmart has rolled out another new feature within its mobile app. With “Search My Store,” customers can search for nearly any item carried in a Walmart store and see the item’s availability at that store, its aisle location, ratings and reviews.
“Search My Store” is currently available on Android devices and expands to iPhones by mid-November.
Holiday Inspiration and Convenience
Walmart is also offering new tools and resources to help customers shop the season, including:
- Wish List: Starting Nov. 7, children and parents can build a Toy Wish List for Santa by adding their favorite toys directly from Walmart’s digital Toy Book. Wish lists can be shared on Facebook and in email with friends and family.
- Holiday Hub: New this year, Walmart is sharing how-to videos, product demos, seasonal recipes and other tips across multiple platforms where customers seek holiday inspiration, including Pinterest, YouTube and Walmart.com.
- Layaway: Customers taking advantage of Walmart’s holiday layaway with no opening fee can stretch dollars further by paying at their own pace through Dec. 15.
- Ad Match: Walmart’s great prices are backed by its Ad Match Guarantee. Stores will match the price of any local competitor’s printed ad for an identical product.***
Holiday Savings and Easy Shopping Start Now
Key events this weekend that bring value to Walmart customers include:
|Date||The Offer||Where to Get it|
Rollbacks on more than 20,000 items, including big
Hottest licenses for kids, like:
Toys to put a smile on kids’ faces Christmas
Walmart stores nationwide
Hundreds of online specials, including:
Free shipping on the top 100 gifts****, guaranteed to
Walmart.com with delivery to
|Starting Nov. 2||
Savings Catcher expansion covering holiday turkey
Walmart Supercenters and
Shortly after midnight Pacific Time: 24-hour holiday
Walmart.com with same-day
Special offers timed to the hottest gaming release of
For customers looking for a new gaming console,
Walmart is the only retailer with an in-game
Select Walmart Supercenters
Walmart will be announcing additional great deals and special savings events throughout the season.
*Free shipping includes Site-to-Store, which allows customers to order
online and pick up in a local store for free; and free shipping to
customers’ homes for orders totaling $50 or more. Some limitations
apply. Visit Walmart.com for details.
** Savings Catcher does not apply to competitors’ offers for turkey or ham that require a minimum dollar purchase to receive the featured price, or that limit the number available per customer.
*** Restrictions apply. Not applicable to Walmart.com.
****Top 100 Gifts curated by Walmart merchants and featured on Walmart.com, available Nov. 1.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,053 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.