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Don’t Get Left Behind – What You Need to Know About Selling On Walmart in 2023

The Battle for Supremacy Between These Two eCommerce Giants Has Just Begun. Here's Why Amazon Sellers Might Want to Take a Closer Look!

  • Amazon Advertising
  • Selling On Amazon
  • Selling on Walmart
  • Walmart Advertising
  • November 18, 2022
  • /
  • Patrick Donelan
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I don’t have to tell anyone that over the last six months food budgets have become a touchy subject. Up until very recently, most of us were in the habit of throwing items in our shopping carts without checking the price. 

Now, the slow creep of inflation has changed that. 

It’s a big reason why the food fight taking place right now between Amazon and Walmart is so relevant. 

A year ago, this battle royal between two eCommerce giants over something as pedestrian as groceries seemed a little underwhelming. 

No one is laughing now. 

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To underscore the question of selling on Amazon vs Walmart, I’m going to refer to a study by SaaS (Software as a Service) company, Jungle Scout. As one of the premier builders of software tools for eCommerce sellers, they know a thing or two about selling on both Amazon and Walmart. 

In their 2022 Amazon vs Walmart report, they point out that out of more than 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed, 57% said they’re more likely to shop Walmart for groceries, compared with 15% that looked to for their food. That’s particularly significant because Walmart’s 429 million average monthly site visitors pales in comparison to Amazon’s 2.5 billion visitors. 

It’s important to keep in mind that even though Amazon casts a very large online shadow, Walmart’s overall net sales of 151 billion far surpasses Amazon’s 121 billion. 

These numbers are important because they hint at the growth potential of Walmart and why Amazon might have a very concerned eye on their rear view mirror. 

This post is going to offer an introduction to selling on Walmart as well as a high level view of the Walmart marketplace versus Amazon. The main takeaway for Amazon sellers reading this post is that you’ve probably already done 95% of the work that will allow you to be a successful Walmart seller. This might offer a perfect opportunity to put a few of your eCommerce eggs in a different basket.

As always, the Walmart Specialists at Canopy Management are happy to help you with the process.

Signing Up to Sell On Walmart 

Much like selling on Amazon, getting started selling on Walmart is a simple process. The first step involves creating your selling account in Walmart’s Seller Center and (if you’re using Walmart’s all-in-one selling ecosystem, Walmart Fulfillment Services), adding your WFS details. If you’re already an Amazon seller, the similarities of WFS vs FBA will make it easy. It takes only one minute to create your Walmart Marketplace account. 

From there, you’ll just need to complete the 3-step setup to begin onboarding as a Walmart marketplace seller.

Next up, converting your products’ details into Walmart-fulfilled listings. After that, if you’re using Walmart’s WFS, it’s just a matter of sending your items into the Walmart Fulfillment Center. 

Now it’s time to discuss the biggest difference between selling on Amazon and selling on Walmart. Compared to Amazon, Walmart is a “gated” community. On Amazon, virtually anyone can register to sell and within a few days have a product listed. On, you need to apply and be approved before you can sell. 

Here’s what’s needed to begin the application process:

Walmart’s Business Requirements

You Know This! – WFS Program Benefits  

If you know Amazon’s FBA or Fulfillment by Amazon platform, Walmart’s WFS (Walmart Fulfillment Services) will feel very familiar. 

Walmart Fulfillment Services (WFS) allows sellers to store their inventory at Walmart fulfillment centers. After placing an order on, Walmart picks, packs, and ships the item(s) to the customer. WFS also handles all customer support and returns for these orders.

WFS also gives sellers access to Walmart’s omnichannel Free & Easy Returns program. Participating items are displayed with 2-Day Shipping and Fulfilled by Walmart tags that dramatically increase both visibility and conversion rates for sellers. 

Walmart’s WFS: 

Walmart’s fulfillment program features a fixed monthly storage fee and a fulfillment structure based on item weight alone. In addition there’s zero signup or monthly subscription fees!

WFS Product Requirements

There are some limits to the types of products that can be included in the program:

Setting Up Your Walmart Items for Sale

Marketplace sellers have 3 options for integrating their catalogs with

Solution Providers

API Connection

Marketplace sellers and supplier developers are able to access API tools allowing for integration with the Walmart eCommerce platform.

Seller Center 

Using Seller Center, you can Integrate your Walmart products with SellerSetup by Match, Single Item, or Bulk Upload Setup. 

Walmart Sponsored Search (ADS)

If you’re an Amazon seller, this will feel very familiar! 

Just like Amazon PPC advertising, Sponsored Search advertising from Walmart Connect puts your brand and products in front of customers that are searching and browsing Walmart’s site and app for products like yours. 

And, like Amazon PPC, you only pay when customers click your ad.

Walmart Sponsored Advertising Variations 

Sponsored Products ads appear in high-visibility placements, including within relevant search results and on item pages. A click advances customers to your product’s item page.

Sponsored Brand ads send your brand logo and products to the top of relevant search results. These premium placements have the highest viewability on search pages and are available to Marketplace brand owners registered with the Walmart Brand Portal.

Automatic Ad Signup on Walmart

New Marketplace sellers are automatically registered to Walmart Ad Center, Walmart’s self-serve ad platform. It offers step-by-step information and strategies that help first time sellers set up their Walmart ad campaigns. 

How to Get Started With Walmart Ads

You’ve Promoted Your Products, Now Promote Your Brand! 

Sponsored Brands ads can help with the launch of new or seasonal items, when promoting items with lower search rankings and to help boost performance of higher-priced items. 

To use Sponsored Brands, Walmart Marketplace sellers must be a brand owner and meet the following criteria:

Determining Your Walmart Advertising Targeting Strategy

Choose from two campaign types:

Automatic campaigns

Automatic campaigns depend on Walmart’s algorithm to select the best keywords for your ad campaign. Just like Amazon’s ad program, this is perfect for those new to Sponsored Search advertising

Manual campaigns

With Manual Campaigns, you choose your own keywords. This is a better option for advertisers who have a good idea of the keywords that their products already rank (or are searched) for. 

What are the Biggest Differences Between FBA and WFS? 

Even though there are a number of ways that selling on Walmart is very much like selling on Amazon, there are significant differences. Here are a few of the biggest ones.

1. Sellers Need to Apply and Be Approved to Sell on

This might be the biggest difference between the two platforms and it’s where Amazon gets the win. With Amazon, virtually anyone can register to sell and within a few days have a product listed. On, you need to apply and be approved before you can sell. 

However, this does mean that there’s a good chance that you’ll have less competition from other sellers on Walmart’s marketplace. 

2. When It Comes to Pricing, Walmart Referral Fees Keep It Simple

Walmart marketplace fees are straightforward and feature a simple Walmart referral fee structure. 

With Walmart marketplace referral fees, in most categories, sellers pay 15% of the sale price on each product sold through the marketplace.

While Amazon charges a referral fee for each item sold that also often averages out at 15%, there are a far greater number of variables (on Amazon) that could affect the final price. 

While Walmart’s fixed storage and fulfillment fee is based on the shipping weight of the product, Amazon’s storage fees also factor in the amount of inventory you have stored in their warehouses. 

3. Walmart – No Monthly Subscription Fee for Sellers

Amazon has two different selling plans to choose from. If you want to use Amazon PPC advertising (and who wouldn’t?), you need to opt for the Professional selling plan at $39.99 a month. 

By contrast, Walmart doesn’t charge its sellers a monthly subscription fee. 

4. Personalized Account Management

Walmart will connect sellers with a WFS fulfillment expert free of charge to develop personalized recommendations on business optimization and growth. 

To work with one of Amazon’s dedicated Account Managers, sellers are required to pay $1,600 per month plus a percentage of their sales.  

More Alike Than You Might Realize

Here are the similarities that really matter between the two eCommerce platforms.

1. Guaranteed 2-Day Free Shipping PLUS Free Returns 

Just like Amazon FBA, when sellers store their products in a Walmart Fulfillment Center, they’re able to offer 2-day free shipping to their customers. Walmart will pick, pack, ship, and deliver orders to your customers within 48 hours. Sounds familiar? Yep, that mirrors Amazon’s FBA features. 

2. Let Walmart Manage . . . Everything

Both Amazon and give sellers the option of fulfilling customer orders themselves or through their own proprietary fulfillment centers. 

Amazon began offering FBA in 2006, In 2020 Walmart introduced WFS to keep pace with Amazon’s increasingly popular fulfillment option. Much like Amazon’s FBA platform, Walmart manages customer service and returns for its sellers. (This benefit applies to sellers taking advantage of WFS fulfillment)

3. Seller Support 

Although Amazon’s seller support typically receives mixed reviews, Walmart will duplicate that effort with dedicated WFS call center associates to take care of marketplace sellers.  

4. Ultra-High Quality Listing Content

Both platforms offer their own version of ultra-high quality listing content. On Amazon, brand registered sellers can access A+ Content that features images, infographics, logos, and unique modules. 

Walmart sellers don’t need brand registry, but they do need to sign up for WFS. Then, they can create what’s called “Item Page Content.” If you’re not brand registered, this is a big plus for Walmart. 

5. Listing Optimization

This is a big one! 

As an eCommerce seller, you probably have a good idea how important it is to have your listings fully optimized. Selling on Walmart, that’s not going to change. 

If you’re going to sell products online, you need to make sure that your listing is found. 

Just like Amazon, it’s in Walmart’s best interest to connect shoppers with high-quality products that fit their needs.

That’s why the Walmart search engine is designed to provide the most relevant products for every search. Too many sellers focus on driving a high volume of traffic, and fail to consider relevancy to their audience.

Instead, you need to focus on selecting keywords and phrases that connect your product with the right shoppers at the right time in the purchasing journey.

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