Amazon has a new delivery service – Prime Now – which features $7.99 for one hour delivery, and free two hour delivery for Amazon Prime members. The service started in Manhattan in December 2014, but in the past week has expanded to selected Zip Codes in Miami, Dallas and Baltimore. You can check if your Zip Code is included here. Prime Now is available 7 days a week and the hours of delivery vary by city.
Amazon Prime Now: $7.99 One Hour and Free 2 Hour Delivery Expands
It works like this: Amazon Prime users have to download the Prime Now mobile app, available in the iOS, Android and Amazon app stores. Non-Prime members can download the app and browse available items, but to order a product you need to have a Amazon Prime membership which currently costs $99 a year. The Prime Now app has about 25,000 products, which is just a fraction of the over 20 million products available on the main Amazon site.The app is currently organized into easy-to-browse sections including healthy living, spring cleaning, pet central, gift ideas and everyday essentials. There is a $15 minimum order, and once the order is accepted, the clock starts ticking, and you or someone you know must be there to accept the order. Here is a quick video explaining how it works.
We love all things Amazon and this seems like another winner. Amazon has big plans to expand Prime Now to other major metropolitan markets throughout 2015, and I hope they do. And I am already planning the possibilities – ordering gifts at the last minute; skipping the mini-bar by ordering drinks and snacks to a hotel if I am traveling; families with children could have diapers, baby wipes, baby food, and snacks delivered in, and I would imagine if I would get sick in a city with Prime Now it would be easy to order cold medication, Kleenex and Gatorade. Anybody have any other ideas of how to best utilize Prime Now?