Walmart is gearing up to make a major splash in the fashion resale market.
Executives at the U.S. retail giant have announced they are partnering with the team at online thrift store thredUP on the new venture, which will include a website where customers can find nearly 750,000 pre-owned items across women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and handbags.
Regarding the collaboration, Denise Incandela, head of fashion for Walmart U.S. eCommerce, noted that the initiative was the perfect way for Walmart to begin tapping into the market for pre-owned and sustainable fashion.
“The resale prices are outstanding, and we are thrilled to offer our Walmart customers the opportunity to reuse garments. Items have been carefully evaluated and selected by thredUP for sale based on their overall quality and condition,” she said. “Only pre-owned garments and shoes deemed ‘new’ or ‘like new’ by thredUP are available on Walmart.com. ‘Gently used’ accessories and handbags are also available.”
In addition, shoppers will be able to take advantage of Walmart’s free shipping threshold on orders of $35 (£28) or more and free returns to Walmart stores or thredUP.
And Jenn Volk, director of product management at thredUP, is delighted to be reaching out to a whole new demographic.
“We are excited to join forces with Walmart to power a sustainable, secondhand shopping experience unlike any other. From Calvin Klein and Nike to Coach and Michael Kors, this digital partnership enhances Walmart’s fashion offering with fresh brands at amazing prices that their customers will love,” she added.
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