When Amazon introduced Prime in 2005, it was an innovative concept. Give the company $79 a year and in exchange, you can get unlimited two-day shipping.That idea sparked a race to drastically speed up delivery times for online purchases. Fourteen years later, two-day deliveries are now much more common.Looking to stay one step ahead of the competition, Amazon on Thursday said it plans to shift its two-day Prime shipping to just one day."We'll be building most of this capacity through the year, in 2019," Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said. "We expect to make steady progress quickly and through the year."That change, while costly, should help Amazon stand out with its customers, who now pay $119 a year for Prime, while forcing other retailers to figure out how to keep pace with the e-commerce giant. Amazon's move may eventually be a boon for consumers, resulting in even faster delivery times from many of the biggest e-retailers. But those businesses could need to balance their … [Read more...] about Will Amazon Prime make one-day shipping the new norm for online shopping?
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Apple is apparently looking to steal a page from Amazon's playbook.The iPhone maker is tinkering with the idea of a single subscription offering that would combine its music service, original TV shows and magazine offerings, The Information reported Wednesday. The idea bears a striking resemblance to Amazon's Prime service, which offers subscribers access to music, movies and TV shows, as well as free two-day shipping on merchandise purchased from the retailer.Differentiating Apple's idea from competitors would be its focus on several entertainment sectors instead of just video or music, and its lack of an Amazon-like merchandise-delivery service -- a component that may not weigh heavy on cord-cutters' minds.It might also go a long way toward entrenching consumers in Apple's family of products. No other company has been as successful at getting consumers to buy not just a single product, but a family of interconnected devices including iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and Macs at home. Once … [Read more...] about Apple reportedly mulling single subscription offering, a la Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is best known for two things: free two-day shipping and Netflix-style video streaming. Those are decidedly worthwhile perks, especially considering the relatively low $119 annual subscription charge, but a Prime membership affords more than just shipping and streaming. A lot more. Here's a look at every single benefit included with Prime -- along with a few Amazon services you might have thought were included, but actually cost extra.Sign up for PrimeThe complete list of Prime perks is surprisingly long. Let's start with everyone's favorite. Now playing: Watch this: Fun benefits every Amazon Prime member gets 2:08 1. Free two-day shipping (or better) Many, if not most, of Amazon's physical goods will be shipped to your door in two days -- provided you live in the contiguous US states (sorry, Hawaiians). What's especially remarkable about this is there's no minimum order: Even if you buy a $5 HDMI cable, it'll arrive in 48 hours. In fact, … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime: 21 benefits every member gets
Whether you're busy or lazy (like me), you might not need to worry about grocery shopping any more. Amazon and Whole Foods on Tuesday said that two-hour food delivery for Prime members is now available in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond. Those cities join a list of roughly 20 US metro areas that already have the service. Members can shop through Prime Now for fresh produce, meat and seafood, household items and more from Whole Foods Market. Delivery is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m."We've been delighted with the customer response to free two-hour delivery through Prime Now," Whole Foods Market Executive Vice President Christina Minardi said in a blog post. "Today's announcement is another way that we're continuing to expand access to our high-quality products and locally-sourced favorites."This is the latest Whole Foods perk Amazon is offering its Prime members, who pay $119 ($59 for students) a year for two-day free shipping and other benefits. On Monday, Amazon … [Read more...] about Amazon expands Whole Foods delivery for Prime members to 4 more cities
Amazon has added so many benefits to Prime that they’ve become hard to keep track of, so we’re rounding them up for you, and will update this post as new ones roll out. Sadly, we can’t list drone delivery as a perk just yet. Free Two-Day Shipping (Or Same Day, Or One Hour) Amazon Prime is best known for its free two-day shipping in the lower 48 states. Their shipping estimates are highly reliable, and if you don’t need your items right away, you can choose a slower shipping method and get yourself some kind of credit (categories and values rotate). You might even be able to trick the system into giving you the fast shipping and the credit. If Amazon does fail to get you your items on time, you can get get your Prime membership extended. Residents of a few major cities can now select same day delivery, and also take advantage of the new Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service, while those outside of the current range of Amazon Fresh can still use Amazon Pantry. In … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Benefits