WalMart moves to out-Prime Amazon

On Tuesday, July 12, the second annual Prime Day will be the biggest global Amazon event ever.

Best Buy held a "Black Friday in July" sale around Amazon Prime Day previous year, joining Forever 21, Groupon and Petco. Sales through the company's website and mobile app increased 7 percent in the latest quarter compared with 17 percent a year earlier.

Prime Day is a day of deals to thank shoppers for being members of Amazon.

Alexa will also be able to detail deals when asked. It can be tempting to buy anything that sounds like a good deal, but if it's going to spend its live in your cupboards then it's definitely not a bargain.

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It will include deals across electronics, toys, video games, movies, school uniform, baby, health, beauty, sports and more. But Amazon stills caution customers about bigger deals, explaining that the hottest deals will sell out fastest. Deals start at the stroke of 2 p.m. CT. Despite Prime Day's commercial success, some users felt the sales didn't live up to the hype and complained about selection. Keep your phone handy and watch for messages.

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If you use the app, you can sign-up for alerts of when new items, or particular items, go on sale. According to consumer website, prices on discounted offers must be lower than the lowest price since January 1.

However, the company has announced some deals in advance.

In addition to offering its own July online sales event, Walmart has also treaded on Amazon's turf by providing online grocery delivery and free cloud hosting services, as well as by testing delivery drones. Amazon said it's worked with vendors to increase supply, but still expects numerous deals to sell out fast.

Don't limit yourself to Amazon.

Leading retailers such as Banana Republic LLC, Beall's Inc., Express, Inc. ShippingPass gets you unlimited two-day shipping on Walmart products for $49 per year, but the program doesn't have any of the other perks included in Amazon Prime.

Walmart is promoting ShippingPass this month by offering a free month-long trial to new customers. A rising quits number is seen as a bullish sign that workers are getting more confident and leaving jobs to seek better positions.

  • Michael Mitchell