Amazon Accelerates Same Day Delivery After Establishing Fulfillment Centers

A UPS employee carries an Amazon box that will be delivered to New York in July.

Edouard Munoz | Reuters

Amazon is ramping up same-day delivery to a handful of states on Tuesday after bolstering its distribution centers.

Customers in Philadelphia; Phoenix; Orlando Florida; and Dallas can now receive up to 3 million items, which the company has marked for same-day delivery, much faster. In the past, same-day Amazon orders were traditionally placed in the morning and arrived before 9 p.m., according to an Amazon spokesperson. Now same-day orders can arrive in less than five hours.

“We are able to do this by stocking the items you need today in a brand new facility that we have built even closer to customers. These are one-of-a-kind buildings and serve as mini-distribution centers optimized for faster click-through. -The delivery speeds, “Amazon Delivery Experience Director Jon Alexander wrote in a blog post.

The service is available free for Prime members who spend more than $ 35, or will cost $ 2.99 for delivery on orders under $ 35. Prime members pay an annual fee of $ 119 to access its services.

The move comes as e-commerce players increasingly strive to gain an edge over each other.

Amazon invested nearly $ 1.5 billion in the fourth quarter to expand its shipping service and said it will spend an additional $ 1 billion in the first quarter of 2020.

Amazon had already made overnight shipping the norm among online retailers. The company rolled out free one-day shipping to more than 10 million products last June and is offering two-hour shipping to select regions. Walmart followed suit and started offering day shipping and has since expanded the areas it serves. This was followed by Target, which announced its same-day delivery program extended to customers in 47 states last June after an initial launch in Florida in 2018.

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