Procrastinators rejoice — Amazon is spreading the joy of last-minute shopping by expanding its same-day delivery and one-day shipping service throughout the land.
At the latest count, customers in more than 8,000 cities and towns can opt to receive eligible items lickety-split, at no charge for Prime members (on orders over $35) and $9 for non-members (plus a buck an item).
Same-day orders placed in the morning arrive between 6:00-9:00 p.m., and orders placed in the evening, or through the one-day option, arrive the next day.
That means dawdlers can place an order by 9:30 a.m. local time on Dec. 24 and receive their Christmas goodies before Santa arrives.
And for those who really like to push the envelope, Amazon’s Prime Now program can deliver a choice of thousands of items in two hours or less in more than 30 cities. There's no charge for the service on orders of $35 or more, and smaller tickets will set you back five bucks. That means über-dilly-dalliers can order by 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve and still have something to slide under the tree before the holiday.
“We are continually investing in Prime, adding more selection and making delivery faster and more convenient,” noted Amazon Prime VP Greg Greeley.
The service expansion comes as brick-and-mortar rivals Walmart and Target beef up their own same-day delivery plans, the former with last September’s purchase of Parcel, and the latter with this month’s expected acquisition of Shipt.