Walmart declares war on Amazon with new shop-by-text service

Walmart is taking on Amazon with a new shop-by-text service. 

The $50-a-month membership program lets harried shoppers use text messages to order items that are delivered to their doorstep. 

Called Jetblack, it lets shoppers buy items from Walmart.com and other retailers and marks the latest effort by the nation's largest retailer to cater to higher-income consumers. 

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Walmart is taking on Amazon with a new shop-by-text service. The $50-a-month membership program lets shoppers use text messages to order items that are delivered to their doorstep

Walmart is taking on Amazon with a new shop-by-text service. The $50-a-month membership program lets shoppers use text messages to order items that are delivered to their doorstep

It's being tested in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, but is expected to roll out to more regions over time.      

The service will offer same-day and next day delivery at no extra charge. 

There's no minimum purchase amount required for same-day or next-day delivery and Walmart will pick up returns at your home.  

Users can also get access to free gift wrapping, handwritten gift cards and party favors via the service.  

It allows shoppers to order everything from birthday gifts to household essentials based on curated shopping recommendations.

Users can text the 'J' app and get recommendations for everything from the best TV to gifts for friends and family. 

Called Jetblack (pictured), it lets shoppers buy items from Walmart.com and other retailers and marks the latest effort by the nation's largest retailer to cater to higher-income consumers

Called Jetblack (pictured), it lets shoppers buy items from Walmart.com and other retailers and marks the latest effort by the nation's largest retailer to cater to higher-income consumers

The everyday items will be sourced from Walmart and Jet.com. 

For specialty items, Walmart is working with stores like Pottery Barn and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Jetblack won't deliver items like food, alcohol or prescription medicine.  

The service, which is currently invite-only, is being led

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