Amazon's Prime Now Delivery Service Will Get New Yorkers Their Orders In An Hour, The Future Is Here

PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Employees select and dispatch items in the huge Amazon 'fulfilment centre' warehouse on November 28, 2013 in Peterborough, England. The online retailer is preparing for 'Cyber Monday', as it predicts the busiest day for online shopping in the UK will fall on Monday December 2nd this year. On Cyber Monday in 2012 recorded over 3.5 million individual items ordered, which equates to 41 items purchased per second. The Peterborough fulfilment centre is 500,000 sq ft, equivalent to approximately seven football pitches in floor area. Amazon are due to employ more than 1,000 seasonal staff to cope with increased demand in the run up to Christmas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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In case you're the type of person who is so impatient that even the two-day Amazon Prime delivery window is too long a wait for that Gossip Girl poster or Miley-Cyrus-Licking-an-Ice-Cream-Cone iPhone case you ordered (yes, I am speaking from personal experience), you're in luck. Amazon has announced "Prime Now," a one-hour delivery service in New York City that will have about 25,000 items available to be ordered and delivered in an hour. The fee for the service is $7.99, but if you can hang tight for one additional hour, the fee is waived. 

The service is available in Manhattan neighborhoods and is rapidly expanding all around NYC, and includes items considered to be "everyday essentials." This includes items that range from groceries (candy, cereal, peanut butter, soda) to house-hold necessities (laundry detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste), to electronics (headphones, TVs, video game controllers), and inevitably re-defines the meaning of "essential." When you place your order on the app, you can even track where your courier is with your "essentials," similar to the feature ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have.

Though this service will undoubtedly be useful in many ways, it seems kind of absurd to have your orders delivered to you within a couple of hours, especially things that you could walk to pick up at a local drug store or grocery store. No value judgement, though. We've all had days where all you need is for Prime Now to deliver 10 Snickers bars and a box of tissues because you're mid- The Notebook and just can't take it anymore.


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