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Walmart Inc. shoppers in Metro Detroit now can get their purchases delivered sooner at no extra cost.

The Arkansas-based retail corporation launched in the region Wednesday free next-day delivery on orders starting at $35 of 220,000 items available on Walmart.com. The Detroit launch is part of a national rollout of the service that the company estimates will reach 75% of the U.S. population by the end of the year.

Eligible products and cut-off times vary by location. There is no membership fee.

The effort comes as Amazon.com Inc. introduced earlier this month free next-day delivery to Prime members on 10 million products. The Seattle-based e-commerce company's subscription price is $119 per year.

bnoble@detroitnews.com

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