Amazon experiments with same day delivery
Amazon continues to do its best to make brick and mortar stores completely obsolete, and a new service the company is testing furthers that goal significantly. The service is called Prime Now, and it offers one and two hour delivery on select items.
The retail giant is currently testing out the new service throughout specific areas in Manhattan. The New York test is the first of many. Assuming things go well, Prime Now will receive a bigger rollout next year in select cities.
Amazon isn’t ready to go into detail on which other cities are on the list, or what the requirements to be one of those cities are, but a nearby Amazon distribution warehouse seems like a given.
If you are in Manhattan, you can download the app from Amazon and see if you are in the coverage area. If you are, you can pay $8 for delivery within an hour, or you can wait a bit and get free, two hour delivery. The service is available from 6 am to midnight, seven days a week.
Prime Now states that it is meant to – in part – deliver the “essentials,” like some types of food and clothes. Those “essentials” can also include things like video games and Blu-Rays though.
To gain access to the service, first you’ll need an Amazon Prime membership, which will run you $100 a year. Along with the eligibility for Prime Now, you’ll also receive free two-day shipping on certain items to almost anywhere in the country, as well as access to a decent selection of streaming video.
Prime Now uses a conventional delivery service – sadly, the oft discussed drone delivery service, Amazon Prime Air, is still a long way off.
Check out the video below for a closer look at Prime Now, and look for the expanded list of cities sometime next year.