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Amazon starts same day shipping in seven cities

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Oct 2009 13:58 User comments (3)

Amazon starts same day shipping in seven cities Amazon has announced today the launch of Local Express Delivery, giving customers in seven cities the opportunity to use same-day delivery on orders.
The seven cities are New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Seattle and Washington D.C. Chicago, Indianapolis and Phoenix are expected before the end of the year.

Amazon Prime members (those that pay $79 USD a year for special shipping privileges including $3 overnight shipping and free 2-day shipping on all items) can use the same-day delivery for just $6 USD. All other members will have to pay $19 or higher for the service.

Amazon gives the following chart for same-day delivery:

* New York City – Order as late as 10 a.m.
* Philadelphia – Order as late as 10 a.m.
* Boston – Order as late as 10:30 a.m.
* Washington D.C. – Order as late as 10:30 a.m.
* Baltimore – Order as late as 10:30 a.m.
* Las Vegas – Order as late as 11 a.m.
* Seattle – Order as late as 1 p.m.

“We want to make online shopping as convenient as possible,”
adds Girish Lakshman, vice president of Transportation at Amazon. “We’re continuously working to speed up delivery times and customers receiving items on the same day as ordered is an exciting step. Now, if a customer needs a last-minute present for a birthday or wants a copy of their book club book before the weekend starts, they can order from Amazon instead of the hassle of a last-minute trip to the mall.”

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3 user comments

116.10.2009 21:59

Same day shipping would be cool. Even overnight shipping is awesome. I think most people however are like me and just go with the cheapest shipping method available. Either way though those cities are large enough that there will be enough people for it to work.

217.10.2009 0:43

I think that model will work for some consumers but at a price of up to $19 dollars for shipping that negates the advantages to shopping online. At the savings price plus shipping, I would think it would be just as cheap to buy it at the local b&m.

317.10.2009 1:51

i think amazon should do a special offer, similar to Newegg's Shellshockers, where they have an item with same day shipping or something each day.

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