How Walmart is going to make your holiday returns a lot easier

Walmart Will Now Pick up Returns From Your Home for Free. On Dec. 21, the retail giant announced a new service in partnership with FedEx. "Carrier Pickup by FedEx" allows customers to return items by visiting Walmart's website or app, scheduling a pickup date and printing a label. FedEx will then come pick it up from you. For customers who don't have the ability to print a label, they can drop off returns at any FedEx Office location by using a QR code, similarly to a service offered by Amazon and UPS. "Carrier Pickup by FedEx" is Walmart's latest attempt to best its largest rival, Amazon. Currently, Amazon allows packages without a box or label to be returned at select Whole Foods stores, Kohl's and UPS stores/lockers. Amazon also allows some items to be picked up at home by UPS, but for a fee. FedEx's recent partnership with Happy Returns allows returns to be made in person without a box or label from select retailers

Despite winter being a season of giving, come Dec. 26, it’ll turn into a season filled with gift returns.

From the gifts you didn’t quite like to those you were unable to trade with loved ones, stores can be more crowded after the holidays than before them.

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However, Walmart is going to make taking back those gadgets, sweaters and other trinkets easier than ever.

The retailer on Monday announced plans to make its returns policy safe and hassle-free this year.

“Just in time for the busy holiday return season, we are excited to announce that customers can return items purchased online (shipped and sold by without ever having to leave home,” Walmart said in a press release. “Now, customers can schedule a return through our new service, Carrier Pickup by FedEx, which is an incredibly convenient way to make that unwanted gift *magically* disappear. Even more magical, this new return option is not only super-easy but also free, and here to stay beyond the holiday season.”

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Customers will be able to begin the return process on or through the mobile app. After selecting “Drop off at FedEx” as their return method, they’ll be given a return code or QR code, which they can take with a packaged item to any FedEx Office location. Once that’s done, the customer’s job is complete. A FedEx associate will scan the QR code, print a free return label, attach it to the box and ship it back to Walmart.

Aside from this new option, customers will also be able to make in-store returns if they choose. Among the changes being made for in-person returns are alternate locations to allow for social distancing and the ability to look up an item with a credit or debit card — so there’s no need to worry about losing a receipt.

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Walmart is also working to hasten the turn around time for customers to get their money back. In the case of most online returns, refunds will be credited back to accounts as soon as the next day and the same day for in-store returns.

Anyone concerned about waste need not be, as Walmart is continuing to divert returned merchandise to its donation, product liquidation and recycling programs.

“The holidays are stressful enough. No matter how customers buy items we want the returns experience to be easy, safe and seamless. We’re proud of the changes we’re making to take some of the stress – and those unwanted Christmas sweaters – off our customers’ backs,” Walmart said.