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Walmart and Amazon Just Added This Convenient Perk to Their Memberships

The services launched within a day of each other.

America's largest grocery chain launched its membership program Walmart+ last year to compete with Amazon Prime. Since then, Walmart has added perks that mirror its competitor. In early June, the grocery chain launched an advantage Amazon didn't have—until one day later.

Both companies now offer medication discounts as part of their memberships. Walmart's is called Walmart+ Rx for less and offers free and discounted prescriptions at more than 4,000 Walmart pharmacies across the country through a digital savings card. (Related: This Is the Best Supermarket in America, New Survey Says)

Amazon's version allows members to receive a six-month supply of a prescription starting at $6. It includes medications for ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Delivering it in half-a-year amount saves time and reduces costs, according to Bloomberg.

"We want to make filling a prescription just as easy as shopping on Amazon," Amazon Pharmacy Vice President TJ Parker told the outlet.

This isn't the first move into health care that Walmart has made. While the initial push to grow the chain's convenient health centers to around 4,000 stand-alone clinics was strong, operations slowed down earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Amazon has been busy shuffling around its grocery stores. Amazon Go Grocery is no more, and all locations have either shut down or will be rebranded as Amazon Fresh locations—which is in the middle of a 30-store expansion.

Both companies are also planning huge sales for later in June. Amazon Prime Day is set for June 21 and 22, and analysts across the internet believe Walmart will offer up lots of deals around the same time frame. Time will tell if this is true, but luckily there are some great Rollbacks happening right now on all your favorite summer staple items (and this trend will continue, the CEO says).

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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