Friday, 16 November, 2018

Amazon offering free holiday shipping to everyone

Prime members who are already entitled to free two-day shipping will also receive a new perk during the holidays.                        Reuters Prime members who are already entitled to free two-day shipping will also receive a new perk during the holidays. Reuters
Cristina Norman | 05 November, 2018, 23:05

Amazon's ultra-fast delivery service, Prime Now, will also offer special Black Friday deals to more than 30% of the United Kingdom population, providing an ideal selection of gifts, gadgets, fashion and Christmas treats which can be delivered in scheduled one- and two-hour delivery windows or within 60 minutes in selected postcodes.

The company's shares fell more than 3 percent following the announcement.

Amazon's shipping costs have grown rapidly in recent quarters. With this move, Amazon is forgoing numerous fees it would normally collect to offset shipping costs.

The free shipping will probably help boost sales quite a lot, especially since it's the holiday season.

Amazon did not announce a cutoff date for the promotion, but said that free shipping will be available for all orders arriving in time for Christmas.

It marks the first time Amazon has removed the minimum order requirement for its free super-saver shipping tier. "That's what today's price action tells you".

Amazon didn't say when customers using the free standard shipping tier would have to place orders to guarantee delivery by Christmas. If you're looking to take full advantage of the sales, you really need to ensure you're a Prime member. "With hundreds of millions of items available for free shipping to all Amazon customers and more than three million items available with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery, customers can enjoy the largest selection of items that are fast and free". Target, however, promises to deliver the items more quickly. So long as shipping partners are not too backed up, that could mean right up to December 24 given that Amazon can do same-day delivery in select areas. According to the Seattle company's latest annual filing, shipping costs almost doubled from 2015 to 2017, reaching $21.7 billion.

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