Imagine if you could order something you desperately needed, and get it delivered a mere hour later. That’s the reality of Prime Now, the service Amazon is rolling out in parts of Manhattan today and several additional cities in 2015.
Customers who use Prime Now can have toys, books, and essentials like paper towels and batteries delivered to their doorsteps within sixty minutes for $7.99. Additionally, if users opt to wait a grueling two hours for their Prime Now delivery, shipping is free. Prime Now will be available from 6 AM to midnight, seven days a week via Amazon’s new Manhattan hub.
This isn’t the first time companies have attempted to bring one-day shipping to New York. The failed Kozmo.com and Urbanfetch attempted the same in the late ‘90s, and were both out of business by 2001. Fifteen years later, Amazon might succeed where they failed based on sheer size and experience. After all, Amazon has already offered same-day delivery in New York and other cities for years.
Will your city be next? Amazon hasn’t revealed anything yet, but said it will notify users when information is available through the Prime Now app.
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