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Amazon Launches Same-Day Delivery in Canada, Tests Taxis in L.A.

Amazon expanded its same-day delivery option to Canada on Wednesday. Customers in Toronto and Vancouver can choose Same-Day Delivery, which lets them place orders as late as noon and receive their packages before 9 pm the same day. They’ll pay extra if they choose to use the service.

Amazon has been expanding same-day delivery options internationally. Amazon.com offers same-day delivery in 12 cities in the U.S., and last month, Amazon expanded its same-day pick-up service in the UK, now offering 6,000 pick-up locations. In the latter case, it’s using a newspaper logistics firm.

Now comes word Amazon is testing taxis as a means of same-day delivery. The Wall Street Journal said Amazon tested such a service with licensed cabs in San Francisco and Los Angeles using taxi-hailing mobile app Flywheel, citing as its source “people familiar with the matter.”

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As for the newly-announced Canadian service, Amazon Prime members in Canada can receive Same-Day Delivery for a flat fee of $6.99 per-order, allowing members to add additional Same-Day Delivery eligible items to their order at no additional shipping cost.

Pricing for non-Prime customers is calculated by adding an $11.99 “Per Shipment” cost and a $1.99 “Per Item” cost for most items.

More than one million items are eligible for the new delivery option in Toronto, and hundreds of thousands of items are eligible in Vancouver.

Customers can have orders delivered to their home seven days a week, including on the weekend. Canada Post, meanwhile, offers home delivery only Monday through Friday, except during the holidays.

Amazon Canada Country Manager Alexandre Gagnon said, “With Same-Day Delivery, customers in Toronto and Vancouver can conveniently take care of errands or complete holiday shopping in a day with just a few clicks, receive orders seven days a week and have what they need delivered to their home in a matter of hours.”06

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. Send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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