Seattle-based Amazon.com has expanded its same-day delivery service to six more cities, now reaching a wider scope of customers than competing programs from tech giants based in California's Bay Area
Amazon's "Get It Today" option, which guarantees same-day deliveries to customers who place orders no later than noon on any day of the week, is now able to reach shoppers in select zip codes in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and the D.C. metro area, the company announced Wednesday. Same-day delivery was previously limited to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Seattle.
Over a million items are available for same-day delivery, and the catalog of options is diverse, ranging from everyday household supplies, health and beauty items, baby items, toys, movies and games, to electronics, office supplies, sporting goods, apparel and home accessories, according to the announcement.
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Amazon Prime members pay $5.99 for all the same-day delivery items they can order and non-Prime customers pay $9.89 for the first item and $0.99 for each additional item.
"We aim to offer the largest same-day selection at the lowest price," Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime, said in the company announcement.
Other big-name brands with roots in the Bay Area have also begun offering same-day delivery to customers in various cities, such as the "Ebay Now" program and "Google Shopping Express," but so far Amazon's program reaches the most cities.
Amazon also recently rolled out "Amazon Fresh," delivering groceries to Amazon Prime members located in parts of Northern and Southern California as well as Seattle, offering same-day delivery on orders over $35. Amazon plans to reach New York City later this year.
Target and Wal-Mart have been testing their own grocery delivery options, too, in select cities, according to TechCrunch.