Amazon.com has announced that its 'Prime Now' service is to offer one-hour delivery from local stores in addition to the tens of thousands of items offered by Amazon. Starting in Manhattan, NY, customers can now purchase groceries, prepared meals and baked goods from D'Agostino, Gourmet Garage and Billy's Bakery through the Prime Now app.
Local store delivery through Prime Now is launching in select neighbourhoods in Manhattan starting today and will expand across Manhattan in the coming weeks. Prime Now will continue to add new stores to its one-hour delivery service. In Manhattan, upscale Italian marketplace Eataly and Westside Market will be the next to launch.
"Our Prime Now hub in Manhattan is home to tens of thousands of products that are being delivered to customers in an hour or less. Now, we are expanding the service to include delivery from local stores," said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations. "We are launching delivery from local stores through Prime Now in Manhattan today and will add local stores in other cities where we offer Prime Now soon."
To purchase from local stores, customers will use the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices. Through the service, two-hour delivery from local stores is free and one-hour delivery, available in select zip codes, is US$7.99. Prime Now is currently available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Dallas, Manhattan and Miami.
Tens of millions of members around the world are members of the Prime programme. In the US, membership includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items, instant streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes through Prime Instant Video, over a million songs and hundreds of playlists through Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage through Amazon's Cloud Drive with Prime Photos, early access to select Lightning Deals and access to over 800,000 books to borrow through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.