amazon logoEver wished you could get your Amazon products the same day you ordered them? Well, now you can … for a price.

While we are reluctant to reprint press releases in their entirety on this site, sometimes there is just so much information to convey that it almost seems silly to not do it.  With that being said, here is Amazon’s release about its new shipping options:

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the launch of “Local Express Delivery,” a new shipping option giving customers same-day delivery in seven major cities including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Seattle andWashington D.C. The service will be extended to Chicago, Indianapolis and Phoenix in the coming months.

Thousands of items are now available for Local Express Delivery. Amazon Prime* members pay just$5.99 per item for the service. Full details, including the rate card for all other customers, are available at www.amazon.com/help/shipping.

Items ordered before the following local cut-off times will be delivered the same day:

  • New York City – Order as late as 10 a.m.
  • Philadelphia – Order as late as 10 a.m.
  • Boston – Order as late as 10:30 a.m.
  • Washington D.C. – Order as late as 10:30 a.m.
  • Baltimore – Order as late as 10:30 a.m.
  • Las Vegas – Order as late as 11 a.m.
  • Seattle – Order as late as 1 p.m.

Customers will find delivery cut-off times on each product’s detail page.

“We want to make online shopping as convenient as possible,” said Girish Lakshman, vice president of Transportation at Amazon. “We’re continuously working to speed up delivery times and customers receiving items on the same day as ordered is an exciting step. Now, if a customer needs a last-minute present for a birthday or wants a copy of their book club book before the weekend starts, they can order from Amazon instead of the hassle of a last-minute trip to the mall.”

Amazon has also expanded Saturday Delivery options. Now, items ordered before the cut-off time on Thursday using Two-Day Shipping will be delivered on Saturday instead of Monday. For Prime members, Thursday-to-Saturday delivery is free using Two-Day Shipping. For all other customers, the service is offered at the current Two-Day Shipping rates. Saturday Delivery is also available for orders placed before the cut-off on Fridays for $6.99 per item for Prime members and an additional charge for all other customers. Full details can be found at www.amazon.com/help/shipping.

Amazon has introduced these shipping enhancements just in time for the holidays. For the 2009 holiday season, the following order deadlines apply for delivery by Dec. 24**:

Dec. 17: FREE Super Saver Shipping

Dec. 20: Standard Shipping

Dec. 22: Two-Day Shipping (order as late as 7 p.m. PST; varies by item; free with Amazon Prime)

Dec. 23: One-Day Shipping (order as late as 3:30 p.m. PST; varies by item; just $3.99 per item with Amazon Prime)

Dec. 24: Same-Day Shipping (order as late as 1 p.m. PST; varies by item; just $5.99 per item with Amazon Prime)

*Amazon Prime is an annual membership program that gives customers fast shipping on millions of items for only $79 a year. Members receive FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items sold byAmazon.com and sellers utilizing Fulfillment by Amazon. Upgrades to One-Day Shipping are only$3.99 per item ($6.99 for one-day Saturday delivery). To become a member of Amazon Prime, or to learn more about the membership program, customers can visit www.amazon.com/prime.

**Some restrictions apply; visit www.amazon.com/help/shipping for the full details and additional information about Local Express Delivery, Two-Day Shipping, Saturday Delivery and all otherAmazon.com shipping options.

This new same-day option from Amazon almost seems like it was inevitable and will now really raise the bar for other online retailers to come up with something akin to this. Don’t be too surprised to see Barnes & Noble announce something similar prior to Christmas.

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