Amazon Prime Now to offer one-hour delivery from local stores in Manhattan

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced its Prime Now service will offer one-hour delivery from local stores in addition to the tens of thousands of items offered by Amazon. In Manhattan, 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 neighborhoods 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. So whether you’re ordering diapers and a big-screen television from Amazon, fresh produce from D’Agostino, a chef-made prepared meal from Gourmet Garage or cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery, we will get all of the items right to your door in lightning-fast speeds,” 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 $7.99. Prime Now is currently available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Dallas, Manhattan and Miami.

“We’ve always offered our customers the chance to shop like a chef and get the highest quality food items from our stores. Now we’re bringing our outstanding products right to customers’ doors, available only through Prime Now for ultra-fast delivery,” said Andy Arons, CEO of Gourmet Garage. “Using Prime Now to deliver to customers in one hour is a no-brainer. It enables us to utilize Amazon’s operations expertise and technology to reach our customers fast with a high level of quality and freshness at prices that customers would find in our stores.”

Royal Mail warns of cut-throat competition despite Whistl’s fall

Royal-Mail-Moya-Greene-graphicThe ferocious price war in the overcrowded parcel-delivery sector promises cheap prices and speedy deliveries this Christmas, Royal Mail has said.

Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene said her competitors, including DPD, Yodel and Hermes, had all added capacity, despite the collapse of City Link last Christmas and Whistl’s decision earlier this month to pull out of doorstep deliveries in three UK cities.

Royal Mail, which pitched its privatisation in October 2013 on the expected growth in the parcels market, said that Amazon’s decision to launch its own courier network was taking away much of the market growth that the former state-owned postal operator had anticipated.

Read more: Royal Mail warns of cut-throat competition despite Whistl’s fall – Business News – Business – London Evening Standard

USPS expands grocery delivery test

USPS is expanding its grocery delivery service in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, part of the organization’s efforts to explore new ways to meet customers’ changing needs.

The test aims to build on the success of a two-month operational test that concluded last fall in San Francisco. Customers could order groceries and other products through Amazon Fresh and have them delivered by the Postal Service early the following morning.

In Los Angeles and San Diego, USPS is delivering Amazon Fresh orders throughout the day. The new test began in early March.

To make the deliveries, the Postal Service is using dynamic routing, a technique that sequences a changing series of delivery points in a logical and efficient order.

USPS is testing several other products and services, including a Sunday package delivery program that began in 2013.

via USPS News Link Story – Fresh test.

Amazon adds 15 more cities to USPS Sunday delivery list

SEATTLE–Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced today that customers in 15 additional cities are eligible for Sunday delivery. In addition to the Los Angeles and New York metro areas where Sunday delivery launched in November 2013, Amazon customers in the following locations are now receiving deliveries on Sunday:

“We know our Amazon customers love the convenience of everyday delivery, and we’re excited to be offering Sunday delivery in more cities across the U.S.”

Austin, Texas

Cincinnati, Ohio

College Station, Texas

Columbus, Ohio

Dallas, Texas

Houston, Texas

Indianapolis, Ind.

Lexington, Ky.

Louisville, Ky.

New Orleans, La.

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Philadelphia, Pa.

San Antonio, Texas

Shreveport, La.

Waco, Texas

“So far, the most common items delivered on Sunday include baby supplies such as newborn apparel, books and toys—Sunday delivery is clearly crossing errands off the weekend to-do list,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We know our Amazon customers love the convenience of everyday delivery, and we’re excited to be offering Sunday delivery in more cities across the U.S.”

Since Sunday delivery launched, millions of packages have been delivered on Sunday to Amazon customers. Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service plan to continue to roll out Sunday delivery to a large portion of the U.S. population this year.

To participate, Amazon customers can simply add any of the millions of eligible items to their cart and see the Sunday delivery promise at checkout when available in their region.

Google and Amazon launch same-day delivery in L.A. area

Google and Amazon are going head to head over Los Angeles shoppers, launching same-day delivery services in the area within days of each other.

Google said Sunday it is expanding its Google Shopping Express program to West Los Angeles and Manhattan from the Bay Area, where the offering began last year.

The service allows shoppers to go to google.com/express and shop for items to be dropped off in a time frame chosen by shoppers. Google will accept orders until 4 p.m. for delivery in the final window of 6 to 9 p.m.

Read more: Google and Amazon launch same-day delivery in L.A. area – latimes.com.