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Amazon Prime Expands Free One-Day Shipping

Amazon Prime Expands Free One Day Shipping

Amazon is expanding the availability of free 1-day shipping through its Prime membership program. On Monday, it announced that “Free One Day” is available to Prime members in the continental US on over 10 million products.

That means Prime Free One Day is already ten times larger than the original two-day offering when it launched in 2005, Amazon boasted.

Helping make one-day delivery possible in the US is its extensive network:

“We’ve strategically grown our network in the U.S. to include 110 fulfillment centers, 40 package sortation centers, 100 delivery stations, and 20 air gateways all to be closer to our customers. This allows Amazon to work smarter based on decades of process improvement and innovation, and to deliver orders faster and more efficiently.”

Amazon also noted that customers in thousands of cities and towns across 44 major metropolitan areas already have access to millions of items with free same-day delivery.

The company also noted that Prime members in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico can take advantage of free delivery with Prime, and said it has also been improving delivery speeds to those areas over the last twelve months. Shipping speeds vary between one-five days depending on where the products are coming from.

You can find the full announcement on the Amazon blog.

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