Amazon Prime Now One-Hour Delivery Extends To Local Stores In Manhattan

Amazon made waves last December when it launched Prime Now, a one-hour delivery service for tens of thousands of daily essentials through a mobile app, to residents in Manhattan. Now four months later, Amazon has partnered with a few different vendors in the area so that customers living in Manhattan can also purchase local groceries, prepared meals, and baked goods.

Specifically, Amazon inked deals with D'Agostino, Gourmet Garage, and Billy's Bakery to offer local store delivery to Prime Now users. The service is available in "select neighborhoods" and will expand across Manhattan in the new few weeks. In addition, Amazon said it plans to add more local stores to the fold, including upscale Italian marketplace Eataly and Westside Market.

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Since launching in Manhattan several months ago, Amazon has expanded Prime Now into a few more territories, including 10 ZIP codes in Miami 25 in Baltimore, and parts of Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, and Dallas. To use the service, customers can order online at Amazon's website or download a mobile app to their iOS or Android device. Two-hour delivery is free to Prime Now subscribers, while one-hour service (where available) runs $7.99.

"Our Prime Now hub in Manhattan is home to tens of thousands of products that are being delivered to customers in an hour or less. Now, we are expanding the service to include delivery from local stores. So whether you’re ordering diapers and a big-screen television from Amazon, fresh produce from D’Agostino, a chef-made prepared meal from Gourmet Garage or cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery, we will get all of the items right to your door in lightning-fast speeds," said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations.

Other than the cost of delivery and location requirements, the caveat surrounding Prime Now is that you must be an Amazon Prime member, a subscription service that runs $99 annually. Amazon Prime includes several different benefits, including free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items.

Protip: If you're a student, Amazon Prime is half-price, which goes into effect after a free six-month trial.