Amazon’s one-hour deliveries reach all of Manhattan
February 18, 2015 12:51 PM
Amazon.com Inc. has made one-hour e-commerce deliveries available to all Manhattan-based members of its Prime two-day-shipping-and-loyalty program.
The e-retailer’s site for its Prime Now service also says that consumers in select areas of Brooklyn can receive two-hour deliveries of eligible products. An Amazon spokeswoman says the web merchant has steadily been adding ZIP codes since launching Prime Now in Manhattan in late 2014.
One of the newest benefits for members of the $99-per-year Prime two-day free shipping and loyalty program enables online shoppers to request one-hour delivery of tens of thousands of items through a mobile app, the e-retailer says.
Prime Now charges nothing for two-hour delivery and $7.99 for one-hour delivery. Amazon did not stipulate a minimum order value for either delivery window. Deliveries are made via associates who “walk, take public transportation, bike or drive to deliver to customers,” the spokeswoman says.
Amazon says Prime Now will focus on such items as paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries, and that the service will roll out to other cities in 2015.
While Prime Now focuses on super quick shipments, Amazon already offers same-day delivery to areas that account for at least 17% of the U.S. population and includes such cities as Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., according to an Internet Retailer estimate.
Amazon is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2014 Top 500 Guide. 40 million U.S. consumers belong to Amazon’s two-day shipping and loyalty program, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners research—that works out to about 45% of Amazon customers.