According to AZ Big Media, Amazon recently launched a new service in Phoenix, AZ, that allows customers to receive their packages within a few hours, rather than their previous Prime service which guaranteed 48 hour delivery.
All consumers need do is download the app to their smart phone and pay an extra fee as a tip to the driver. Phoenix is now one of six test markets, including San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, and Seattle.
This service comes just in time for the Christmas shopping season, likely leading to a profitable start for this service.
Transportation and shipping are already among the world’s largest industries. These sectors use everything from taxis and trucks to airplanes and trains, and they encompass courier services, ships, barges, warehouses, and logistics services, all of which profit greatly from the holiday seasons.
While not all products will be available on the service, thousands will be. A report by the National Retail Federation found that 46% of all shopping this holiday season would occur online, mostly on smartphones.
In an attempt to gain some of the traction that ease of purchase has brought to companies like Amazon, Apple products is extending their same-day delivery service previously only available in San Francisco, to areas in New York City, including 37 of its 43 zip codes, according to iLounge.
Early confirmation of the service came from a Twitter post. oddly enough.
“When I picked up my Apple TV on Friday the Apple Store employee told me that Postmates deliveries are coming soon to NYC,” tweeted Joe Caiati.
Most purchases made through the Apple Store app or Apple’s online store will be available for guaranteed two-hour shipping for an extra $19. Consumers will also be able to track their order and receive estimated delivery times.