Walmart is adding a new benefit to its Walmart+ membership program, which launched in September, and has appointed an EVP of Health & Wellness, tasked with further developing Walmart”s digital health capabilities.
Walmart is removing the $35 shipping minimum on Walmart.com orders for its plus members starting December 4th. The new benefit pairs with Walmart+’s free unlimited deliveries of groceries and more from Walmart stores.
“It feels like a life hack is needed now more than ever and Walmart+ is here to help,” said Janey Whiteside, chief customer officer, Walmart. “No other membership allows customers across the country to get everything from gingerbread cookies and eggnog to holiday decorations and toys delivered for free as soon as the same day. Walmart+ is designed to make life easier – giving customers an option to not have to sacrifice on cost or convenience.”
Walmart+ members will receive free next-day and two-day shipping on items shipped by Walmart no matter the basket total, however delivery from Walmart stores on items like groceries will still carry a $35 minimum.
“Customers have been clear – they want this benefit. Being able to toss an item into your cart, regardless the total, and checkout right away lets them knock little things off their to do list in no time,” added Whiteside.
Walmart is also expanding the number of locations where members can use their fuel savings to include Sam’s Club fuel stations across the country. Customers now have access to fuel discounts at more than 2,000 Walmart, Murphy USA and Murphy Express fuel stations, as well as access to Sam’s Club member pricing at more than 500 Sam’s Club locations.
Members also still get the ability to use Scan and Go in stores, which lets customers shop and checkout with their phone. Walmart+ costs $98 a year or $12.95 a month and includes a 15-day free trial period.
Walmart Appoints EVP of Health & Wellness
Walmart also just announced Dr. Cheryl Pegus has been appointed executive vice president, Health & Wellness, beginning December 21. Dr. Pegus will further develop Walmart’s healthcare vision, leading health and wellness across the Walmart enterprise. Walmart Health & Wellness consists of digital health capabilities, more than 4,700 pharmacies, more than 3,400 Vision Centers, Walmart Health centers, and Walmart Insurance Services, LLC. Dr. Pegus will report to Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Pegus to the Walmart family to advance our efforts to continue exploring healthcare solutions for customers and associates, and helping Americans live better – and healthier,” said Furner. “She is an exceptional leader who will help us deliver care of the highest quality that people can receive at the right time, regardless of insurance coverage. This has never been more important as it is now, while the pandemic continues to put a strain on our healthcare system.”
Dr. Pegus joins Walmart from her most recent role as Cambia Health Solution’s president of consumer health solutions and chief medical officer, where she was responsible for clinical and consumer strategy to increase access to affordable, equitable care. She directed platform consumer solutions including Journi, clinical services, pharmacy, provider and medical management activities. After working in private practice for several years as a cardiologist, Dr. Pegus joined Pfizer where she focused on the development of clinical protocols and early disease management programs. She also served at Aetna, where her work supported a focus on wellness, women's health, health equity initiatives and predictive analytics. Dr. Pegus served as the first chief medical officer at Walgreens.
Additionally, Dr. Pegus is co-founder of A New Beat, an organization dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health and careers of women and under-represented minorities. She sits on the board of the American Heart Association and is the immediate past board chair for the Association of Black Cardiologists.
“I am humbled to be joining the Walmart organization and for the opportunity to partner internally and externally to build upon existing initiatives for accessible and affordable care for associates and the communities we serve,” Dr. Pegus said.