Amazon Expands Sunday Deliveries into 7 Cities in the UK
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.
AD Starrling January 20, 2014 um 1:19 pm
Had my first Sunday delivery last month (I’m near Birmingham). Was gobsmacked to say the least 😉
Nate Hoffelder January 23, 2014 um 11:34 am
Did you send it back? I would have, just for laughs (kidding).
William Jay January 21, 2014 um 11:27 am
Re Amazon Prime in the UK. The free video streaming is only for the first month of Prime Membership, one month LoveFilm membership, after that it is charged for. My Prime membership expires in May 2014 and I’m not too sure if I will renew. The next day delivery is handy at times but it is not often that I am desperate for something and the Kindle Lending library is only one book per month.
All in all I shall probably cancel membership and just pay for next day delivery if ever I really need it. There is so much available on free super saver delivery it is hardly worth paying the extra for next day. And GBP49.00 will cover a few emergencies if needed!
(Thanks for your great newsletter)
Nate Hoffelder January 21, 2014 um 12:33 pm
Thanks for the correction. And thanks!
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