Amazon may still working out the bugs for their Sunday delivery program here in the US, but the similar program in the UK is forging ahead.
They issued a press release this morning with the news that they were expanding the 2 month old pilot program beyond London to include Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Nottingham, Manchester, and Leeds. Amazon Prime subscribers in those 8 cities can now place an order at Amazon.co.uk and schedule the delivery to be made on Sudany.
Amazon started testing a Sunday delivery service in London in November 2013. At that time they were reportedly using their own vehicles for the deliveries, but the expanded service will be provided via Amazon Logistics.
This UK service operates a number of delivery stations that act as local hubs for deliveries in their area, and it works with regional delivery partners to deliver items directly to customers. This is the first I have heard of the service, but I think I have seen a similar service here in the US. I live in the DC metro area, and on occasion I have gotten Amazon deliveries from a courier and not UPS or FedEx.
Amazon customers in the selected UK cities will see the Sunday delivery option when they check out with applicable items. The new delivery option will be offered next to the One-Day Delivery option, which is included for free as part of Amazon Prime service in the UK. While the US service costs $79, in the UK it costs £49 and includes free streaming video (for one month), access to Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, and free delivery on select products.