Amazon revealed earlier last year its plan to roll out same-day deliveries to Prime members across the U.S. It appears that the service has since gained improvements since then as the online retail giant announced today that its same-day delivery is now faster.
The company says Prime members can now expect to receive their same-day orders in just a few hours. For example, if a customer ordered between midnight and 8 AM, the item should arrive by 1 PM on the same day.
Faster same-day deliveries are available in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando, and Dallas, courtesy of new fulfillment centers opened by Amazon near customers living in those regions. The new hubs are built to store items of immediate importance and same-day delivery is accessible for up to 3 million products across various categories that are marked “Today by”.
Amazon also claims its fulfillment hubs are better for the environment. The company said in a blog post:
"And while it may seem counterintuitive, the faster delivery speeds enabled by these facilities actually help us lower carbon emissions in line with our Climate Pledge to be net zero carbon by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. This is because these new facilities are in close proximity to customers, reducing the need for aircraft transport and generally decreasing the distance drivers have to travel to deliver packages to our customers."
Prime members can use same-day delivery free of charge when their total purchases exceed $35. Orders under that threshold will be charged $2.99 for delivery.