Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Now quick delivery service now applies to certain stores in Manhattan, enabling consumers to receive items they order from those retailers in as little as an hour.
Consumers can “purchase groceries, prepared meals and baked goods from D’Agostino, Gourmet Garage and Billy’s Bakery through the Prime Now app,” says Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide. The service applies to select neighborhoods in Manhattan but will expand in the coming weeks to other parts of the island borough, the e-retailer says. “For local store delivery, we have dedicated teams working in stores to fulfill orders. For items sold by Amazon, we fulfill orders from our Prime Now hub on 34th Street in Manhattan,” an Amazon spokeswoman says.
“We’ve always offered our customers the chance to shop like a chef and get the highest quality food items from our stores. Now we’re bringing our outstanding products right to customers’ doors, available only through Prime Now for ultra-fast delivery,” says Andy Arons, CEO of Gourmet Garage. “Using Prime Now to deliver to customers in one hour is a no-brainer. It enables us to utilize Amazon’s operations expertise and technology to reach our customers fast with a high level of quality and freshness at prices that customers would find in our stores.”
Earlier this month, Amazon announced Prime Now flower deliveries, providing fast delivery of floral arrangements. Prime members in some ZIP codes in New York and Brooklyn and who use the Prime Now mobile app can select from four bouquets—named after the Seattle neighborhoods of Ravenna, Fremont, Ballard and Queen Anne.
Shoppers can place orders via Amazon’s Prime Now mobile app, which is available for Apple, Android and Amazon devices. Through the service, two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery, available in select ZIP codes, is $7.99. Prime Now is available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Dallas, Manhattan and Miami. “We will expand local store delivery through Prime Now in other locations where the service is offered soon,” the spokeswoman says.