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Amazon is also extended the order cutoff time in some cities

In today’s hyper-connected world, people expect to receive things “right now” instead of having to wait like we did in the 20th century. It’s no surprise that services like Amazon Prime and ShopRunner are so popular with online shoppers that wish to receive their merchandise in two business days or less.
 
For those that are in a real rush, Amazon offers same-day “Local Express Delivery” in a few select cities. As long as customers place orders before a certain time cutoff (usually by noon local time) and pay an extra fee ($8.99 per shipment plus 99c per item, or $3.99 per item for Prime Members), you can expect to see your purchase on your doorstep later that day.
 
The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Amazon is expanding its Local Express Delivery service to Dallas and San Francisco. In addition, customers in some cities are now able to place orders later in the day and still receive their items by 9 pm. Customers residing in Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle can order items as late as 12:15pm.
 
But while customers in Dallas and San Francisco are likely to welcome the expanded Local Express Delivery service, residents of Las Vegas are losing same-day delivery (with no explanation from Amazon).
 
Amazon is also shifting its Local Express Delivery fee for Prime members from $3.99 per item to a flat fee of $5.99 per shipment in all markets.
 
Earlier this month, the online retail giant introduced its Amazon Prime Pantry service, which delivers up to 45 pounds of groceries to your home for a $5.99 shipping fee.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Amazon



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Hmm...
By McGaiden on 5/1/2014 9:58:07 AM , Rating: 2
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In today’s hyper-connected world, people expect to receive things “right now” instead of having to wait like we did in the 20th century.


Brandon, you're not really thinking this through.
(Or worse, you are, but you're still not getting it)

In the 20th century, especially in the latter parts of it, you transported yourself there, bought what you had to buy and came home the same day.

It was the equivalent of a one day delivery. You'd still have to wait for the merchandise to hit the shelves, but this is no different than waiting for the etailers of today to get their stuff from their distributors.

The one day delivery is in many ways not an advance but actually just a return to normalcy, even if your tone indicates that you don't really get just a basic thing.




RE: Hmm...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/1/2014 10:34:19 AM , Rating: 2
I was thinking more along the lines of a comparable medium to Amazon in the 20th century -- mail order.

I can remember back in the days ordering from mail-order companies like Hobby Surplus Sales (I was a big model car enthusiast) and having to mail in check/money order, and wait a week or two before my merchandise arrived. And even when ordering over the phone, it still took a good week or more to receive merchandise. These were items that I couldn't just walk into a store and purchase locally.

Of course, I understand that you could always walk right into a store and pickup certain items -- as you can today -- but not everyone has the luxury of having access to EVERYTHING you might possibly need within your respective city.


RE: Hmm...
By tayb on 5/1/2014 10:40:37 AM , Rating: 2
This is obviously in the context of a delivery service. I'm not interested in running to Best Buy to beg them to price match something on Amazon in the off chance that Best Buy actually sells what I want and has it in stock.

Even if Best Buy stocked everything that is available on Amazon and they price matched without hassle I would still rather sit at home and answer the door than get in my car, drive to Best Buy, and wait to checkout at a register.


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