Amazon continues its march toward global domination--while its Prime service already whizzes millions of products to your doorstep in two days or less (even on Sundays, and even without the use of drones), the next step has to be instant gratification, when you just can't wait until tomorrow to get that HDMI cable or 12-pack of Diet Coke.
To save you the indignities of actually putting on pants, leaving the house and deigning to enter a brick-and-mortar retailer, Amazon announced Wednesday that it's expanding its same-day delivery program. Amazon has been offering same-day delivery in a few cities for years--as has Google and Walmart--and now the company is expanding that program to four new markets, and beefing it up in two others.
New markets getting same-day delivery include Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C., and service will be expanding to more ZIP codes in New York City and Philadelphia. That brings the total number of markets to 12, with Amazon's same-day delivery service already available in Los Angeles, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Boston, and Chicago.
Customers in these markets can choose from any of the items currently available for same-day delivery, but you'll have to meet the ordering window in order to qualify. The window varies by location, ranging from 7:45 a.m. in Chicago all the way up to 1 p.m. in Boston, Baltimore, and D.C. But as long as your orders are in by the deadline, they will be delivered by 9 p.m. that same day.
In addition to searching through items available for same-day delivery, a "Get it Today" button will show on eligible items you come across in standard searching, provided you're logged into an account with an eligible ZIP code set as the default address.
Of course, customers still need to factor in shipping fees. Prime customers will have to pay $5.99 for same-day shipping on their entire order, and non-Prime customers can expect to shell out $9.98 for the first item, and 99 cents for each additional item in their order.
If you live in one of the areas covered, you can use Amazon's site to check if your ZIP code is eligible for same day delivery (West Coast and Southwest and East Coast and Midwest). The service will likely roll out to other metro areas in coming months, so stay tuned for updates.