Amazon Prime’s same-day service makes shopping simple

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FILE – In this June 30, 2011 file photo, a United Parcel Service driver delivers packages from in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon aimed for Christmas in July with its much-hyped “Prime Day” sale on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, but some shoppers were disappointed by the offerings. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — If you procrastinated and haven’t finished your holiday shopping just yet – there is a new, last-minute option.

While crowds of holiday shoppers dart in and out of retail stores, employees at Amazon are bringing some of the season’s yuletide joy to doors in just two hours or less.

Amazon Prime customers in several cities can now order certain items and have them delivered almost instantly.

Using the Prime Now app, last-minute shoppers can choose from more than 4,000 items. Amazon is guaranteeing the delivery of gifts, pantry items and electronics until the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve.

“It changes the game for customers, being able to get stuff delivered to you in an hour is a huge advantage,” said Stephenie Landry, worldwide director of Amazon Prime Now. “But it also is changing the game for our company too. We’re adding more shopping days to the holiday season.”

Urban Fulfilment Centers are now available in more than 20 cities, including in places like San Francisco, Houston, Miami and Atlanta. Officials said the facilities are centrally located to ensure easy delivery.

“There’s no way that we can get things to people in an hour if we weren’t in the center of the city,” Landry said.

As soon as the Amazon order arrives, it is processed, bagged and handed off to a delivery associate.

Amazon Prime customers willing to shell out an extra $8 will have their orders in an hour. For those willing to wait two hours, the service is free.

Amazon’s same-day delivery service is now available in more than 12 cities, including Boston and New York City.

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