Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has rolled out a same-day delivery service in Kansas City for members of its Prime loyalty program. Shoppers in Kansas City who place their orders in the morning hours will be able to get their purchases delivered before bedtime that same day throughout the week. This brings the number of cities and towns that Amazon Prime’s same-day delivery service is available in to around 7,000.
According to an Amazon spokesperson, Harry Hartfield, the online retail giant is depending on outsourced delivery services as well its regular delivery providers to offer the service. The service is offered at no cost for products whose total value is over $35. The number of items being offered for same-day delivery is currently over one million.
Over one million items
“Prime members shopping on Amazon.com can choose from over 1 million items eligible for Prime Free Same-Day Delivery, including popular electronics, toys and games, home repair tools, health and beauty essentials, outdoor gear and much more,” said Hartfield.
To find eligible ZIP codes shoppers can log on to amazon.com/sameday while they can also register for Amazon Prime membership by logging on to amazon.com/prime. Though the online retail giant does not reveal the number of people who have signed up for Prime membership, the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates that the loyalty program now has about 80 million members in the United States.
Prime loyalty program
The loyalty program was started in 2005 and offers two-day shipping at no cost on items that number over 50 million. Other benefits of the program include free music and video streaming as well as Kindle Lending Library access. It costs $99 per year to be an Amazon Prime member.
The launch of same-day delivery in Kansas City coincides with the launch of Amazon Prime in Luxembourg. Amazon will make the program available via amazon.de/prime and customers will be able to shop in German, English and Dutch languages. The online retail giant will however not put up a logistics hub in Luxembourg but the items will instead come from Germany.
In Tuesday’s trading session shares of Amazon edged up by 0.22% to close the day’s session at $1,123.17 a share.