In another blow to bricks-and-mortar retail stores, Amazon.com is launching free same-day delivery for Prime members in 14 metropolitan areas!
Shoppers who belong to Amazon’s annual Prime membership program and make a purchase of $35 or more by noon will receive their items by 9 p.m. that day, seven days a week. The initial rollout includes more than 1 million items, such as books, cables and chargers, games, cooking tools and electronics. . Google last summer introduced a similar same-day delivery program with Google Express. Walmart and eBay have also recently begun testing subscriber programs for unlimited free or cheap delivery.
Amazon says that its free same-day delivery covers more than a million items. Prime subscribers will pay $5.99 per order for anything less than $35 while the service will start at $9.98 per order for nonmembers. That said, the “same-day” means something closer to a 24-hour day than the same calendar day. Order by noon and Amazon says your package will arrive by 9 p.m.; order any later than that and it will come the following day.
“We believe this to be a real life-changer.” said Chris Rupp, Amazon Prime vice president.
The other metro areas where Amazon is rolling out free same-day delivery are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle-Tacoma, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. All told, more than 500 cities and towns are included at launch, with more regions to be added down the line.
Customers can find which ZIP codes are included in the new service at Amazon.com/sameday. They can find which items are eligible by looking for a free, same-day logo attached to products or by clicking on a new same-day filter in the Amazon.com search bar.