Posted by William Charles on April 29, 2019
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Published on April 29th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Amazon Prime To Move To One Day Deliveries As Standard

Previously Amazon prime members received free two day shipping, during an earnings conference call Amazon announced that they will be spending $800 million in Q2 to improve infrastructures and make one day shipping possible and standard. No dates were given when one day shipping would be standard and many locations have already been receiving one day shipping.

Hat tip to DDG



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Abey

One day in the future you will get it instantly with a rocket onto your door step.

Sam
Sam

Not on the doorstep. They will pack it away for you.

MoreSun
MoreSun

But you will have to check the box acknowledging they have no liability if the rocket malfunctions and damages your property.

Dan
Dan

I am still surprised people are willing to pay $130 a year just to get their useless crap in 1 day instead of 3.

Matt P
Matt P

It costs a lot more than $130 since it encourages you to buy more useless crap than you would otherwise.

The Man
The Man

Speak for yourself.

Wilson
Wilson

Amazon has increased prices a lot too

VL
VL

It saves you way more by the simple fact that you do not go to the store and buy other stuff you see… (not to mention time, which is the only thing in your life you can not really buy).

Celia
Celia

If that’s all I use it for I would agree. 9 out of 10 deliveries I used no rush and get $1 digital credit. I use Prime Video a lot and Amazon Music. Cut cable and saved more than having Amazon, Hulu and Netflix combined.

This is good news for Prime users, though not enough I think to convert non-Prime members.

Avi
Avi

I think I’m not alone in thinking of it more as a $10/month streaming service with quick shipping as a side benefit. I agree with you though that it’s overpriced if using it just for quick shipping. Probably better off just paying extra for quick shipping on the rare occasion one needs it.

P
P

Agree with you. I live in Hawaii and I had prime membership for a year but prime shipping does not apply to Hawaii. The only difference with having prime that I noticed was that orders were processed and shipped within a week so I can get my stuff no more than two weeks from order date. Without prime, I now have to wait two more weeks for them to process and ship orders and another week for it to arrive, so three weeks from order date. Not worth it it to pay a premium so I can get my items one week sooner.

AP
AP

With Subscribe and Save – I save over $25/month compared to shopping at the local store – and the boxes just show up on a regular schedule – saves me 4 hours per month at the store and money – happy to pay $130 for the convenience it provides – my time is valuable, and over the course of 12 months, the 48 hours I save is worth way more than $130.

really
really

Subscribe & Save and Prime are almost completely separate — one does not require the other. The only tie-in I know of is diapers, which get a higher S&S discount with Prime than without.

lingua
lingua

Getting industry/hobby specific tools, or even car parts, quickly is well worth the membership. Also, 3 days is not your typical non-amazon shipping speed.

JK
JK

With my three accounts that share prime along with am ex card + citi card, I got $225 last year. Twice x $30 for each account and am ex = $180. Once for each with the citi card = $45. There are other discounts too. 10% at Whole Foods where I shop weekly for instance. I am surprised there are people who frequent this site that dont know how to maximize profits from something like Prime. Also, I LOVE getting my useless crap quickly.

parkdanil

I can imagine delivery people racing around neighborhoods taking out elderly folks and children in attempt to deliver on time.

Sava
Sava

As you can imagine, One Day shipping will be made possible by improving the long-distance shipping methods, building warehouse hubs, etc. UPS deliver packages within hours of getting them in at their depot, so I don’t think the final-step courier will be rushing around; instead, packages will come from closer distances and will travel faster before getting to your town/city.

Information Booth
Information Booth

Sounds familiar… Dominoes 30 min or it’s free. I’ve always wondered how many people they killed? John 3:16

Hodor
Hodor

Or they can fraudulently mark the package as delivered and just drop it off the next day.

AA
AA

You’re supposed to check the front of your house, the garage, under all of the plants, the back porch, the mailroom, the resident it was handed directly to while nobody was home, and all of your neighbors. The main feature of Prime is the scavenger hunt experience. Waiting for them to just bring it to you is cheating.

alvinroast
alvinroast

You forgot the trash can. The latest feature for me was finding the package hidden in the trash can (for my convenience, of course).

A M
A M

In other news, amazon warehouse employees die of exhaustion…

Mark
Mark

In other news, Amazon warehouse employees that don’t like the pace quit and get other jobs, because sub-4% unemployment. Then Amazon replaces them with robots so folks will have something new to whine about.

A M
A M

I was taught that it’s wrong to treat people like shit. But to each their own. Enjoy your cheap goods delivered in one day at the expense of your fellow man!

Mike L
Mike L

Expense of your fellow man? Amazon warehouse jobs start at $15/hr, champ. If you think that’s bad you better boycott all retail and food service establishments as well…

A M
A M

The wages may not be bad. The work is shit. Google labor conditions in Amazon warehouses. We outlaw some and regulate many other labor conditions for this reason, you know. And that’s the difference between fast food and retail and this.

My point may be a hard one for rabid free marketeers who don’t look past pay and productivity and jobs to grasp, or even the average American to grasp, but it’s that no matter the pay, some work is shit and we shouldn’t be subjecting people to it simply for the sake of your wanting your shit delivered to you faster, just because you may want it. Or at least we ought to question the absurdity of the human cost of it, no matter the pay. The market calls for it? Yeah, okay. It calls for wholesale destruction of the ecosystem in short order, too. What’s another broken appendage on some worker who, look, now is making a living wage!

ken
ken

did someone put a gun in your head and force you to work? dont like it? QUIT !

Mark
Mark

If Amazon is violating labor standards, you should call someone. Otherwise you should get back on your Foxconn iPhone made by Chinese tweens and type up some angry comments about something else.

Kevin
Kevin

Easy fix – get rid of the whiners and replace them with Robots. No pay, No broken appendages, no problem.

Hari
Hari

Future: 1 hr delivery or its free!

AA
AA

And then… based on your behavioral profile, they will predict what you want and have it delivered right at the moment you realize you want it! 😀

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

Everything’s great in the delivery business until an economic pullback. Density is the key to making delivery companies profitable, including UPS. The benefit that UPS/Fedex have is we aren’t captive to one brand. There’s a reason Amazon contracts out it’s delivery, when an economic downturn hits, the owners of their delivery vehicles take it on the chin, not Amazon. And WHEN it happens, they’ll come crawling back to Fedex and UPS at higher rates which will be pass onto it’s consumers.

Stryker
Stryker

Why wouldn’t Amazon reduce UPS and Fedex deliveries when an economic downturn happens? Amazon trucks service the base load and UPS/Fedex deliver any peak load. During a recession, Amazon will just turn off UPS/Fedex deliveries.

CooCoo4CocoPuffs
CooCoo4CocoPuffs

The comments here never sense to amuse me. Lots of people trying to push their beliefs on others too.

Jonathan
Jonathan

What does 2 (or 1 day shipping) really mean anyways? Because according to Amazon the clock doesn’t start until the item is actually shipped. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=3043211

More importantly what happens if I don’t get my item within 2 days? Is there some compensation I can receive for not getting it in 2 days? If not then what does it really mean that it’s 2 day shipping when it’s not always there in 2 days?

Kevin
Kevin

Technically you’re right. In practice, packages arrive within 2 business days of ordering for me. Whenever they don’t (which is rare; like 1 in 30 packages), I live chat customer service and they automatically grant a $5 Amazon credit.

Mark
Mark

True, every time (<2% of the time) they miss that window all they do is say they're sorry in an automated email.

lingua
lingua

Every time they don’t meet their delivery window I’ll chat customer support and get $5 credit. The last time this happened the item went out of stock and delivery was delayed several days, with no notice given. Took some extra chat time haggling but I was given $10.

AnameOfaguy
AnameOfaguy

They recently changed that policy. It’s much, much harder to get them to concede anything beyond a “sorry, not sorry” anymore.

lingua
lingua

No they didn’t, got a credit just this past weekend.

AnameOfaguy
AnameOfaguy

Yes they did, August (?) of last year. They used to explicitly state compensation in their terms (free month of prime or credit). It now just says they’ll refund shipping. Before it was guaranteed, now it’s YMMV.

lingua
lingua

Shipping is free with prime so what would they refund? Yes, as always YMMV, but my 3 positive dp’s in the past year means it shouldn’t

AnameOfaguy
AnameOfaguy

That’s my point. It’s kind of funny/sad when they offer to refund your free shipping, but that is their official policy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=201117450 . I have gotten a credit once in the last 6 months. Multiple times they’ve refused and it wasn’t worth the extra time for $5. Article on the subject: https://www.dealnews.com/features/Amazon-Quietly-Killed-a-Popular-Prime-Shipping-Perk/2207696.html

JV
JV

It has always been just shipping speed. Handling is not included and can and will extend the time. So moving to 1 day shipping still might mean you get your stuff in greater than 2 days. I’ve been prime since the beginning and when they introduced prime, i knew this and it has been a common misconception ever since.

MoreSun
MoreSun

I ordered something with my Prime account on Sat, selected no-rush shipping and it was deliver on Sun. It was equally exciting, getting it so quick, and disturbing, when the dude dropping it off waved from his Toyota Corolla. Times are changing…

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

I think in many suburbs there is no way they can guarantee 1 day delivery. The postal service does not have the capacity to guarantee delivery in 1 day; I have seen numerous times where the truck gets delayed, etc. And I highly doubt UPS or FedEx is going to allow Amazon to use them for 1 day shipping.

Christian
Christian

This is bad for me because it almost guarantees they’ll just be using Amazon Logistics for shipping. AMZL is incapable of getting in my apartment building about 70% of the time resulting in missed deliveries and delays. I had to throw a fit with customer service to get them to deprioritize and stick to UPS and USPS. They told me that I wouldn’t be able to ever get 1-day shipping or same day with them which was fine, but now that’s the only option so it looks like I’m stuck with 1-day and AMZL or no rush shipping and get my stuff in 2 weeks.

Ryan Goldstein

I was worrying about the same thing, since I’ve had inconsistent experiences with AMZL, but I just placed a free one day shipping order, and it’s being delivered by USPS. I’m in Philadelphia.

Raylan
Raylan

I ordered something on Amazon today and my standard prime free shipping was one-day. Guaranteed tomorrow.

Chicago suburbs.

Kind of eerie honestly that it’s floated at an earnings call late last week and is put into place in such a short period of time.

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