Amazon introduces same-day shipping in Baltimore, other cities
Amazon yesterday announced that it will offer same-day delivery on thousands of products bought off its juggernaut of a website. The Seattle-based company is rolling out the same-day service just in time for the holidays in seven cities: Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Las Vegas and Seattle. More cities to come include Chicago, Indianapolis and Phoenix.
The charge? $5.99 per item, but only if you're an Amazon Prime member. The rates are more than double if you're not. Some catches: In Baltimore, you have to order by 10:30 a.m. for you to get your purchase the same day. Similar cut-off times apply in other cities. And same day delivery isn't offered on the weekends.
For you procrastinating Christmas-time shoppers, the service will help you put off shopping till the very last minute: Amazon will offer same-day delivery on Christmas Eve.
Being able to offer same-day delivery on online purchases is somewhat of a Holy Grail for e-commerce companies who can better satisfy the instant-gratification itch of their customers. We'll see how well it pans out for Amazon. I'm sure if it works well, they'll expand it to even more cities.
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