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.
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