Amazon partners with select stores that we’re used to seeing in local malls to offer Prime same-day deliveries. For now, this only applies to orders from PacSun, GNC, Superdry, and Diesel, but Amazon says it’s working on offering same-day deliveries from Sur La Table and 100% Pure in “the coming months.”
The service is also limited to select cities, including in and around Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Seattle, and Washington, DC. If you’re near any of these areas, Amazon says you can now browse Amazon’s site for a curated selection of goods from local malls.
At the moment, Amazon’s selection of stores seems a bit slim. But if you need some vitamins or a pair of jeans in a pinch — and you haven’t hung out at the mall in years — it can come in handy. While it may seem counterintuitive for Amazon to provide products for other stores, it’s likely the e-commerce giant’s attempt to build on its growing fulfillment business. Online stores can already offer customers the opportunity to purchase a product with the benefits of Prime, and now Amazon is letting brick-and-mortar stores attract more buyers by piggybacking on its services.
This isn’t the first time Amazon has delivered from local stores either. Before Amazon acquired Whole Foods, it began offering one-hour deliveries from local markets in select cities in 2015. Now the one-hour grocery delivery service lists Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh in most areas, with more limited availability for local store deliveries.
In addition to same-day deliveries, Amazon Prime members also offer free same-day pickup at select stores. Non-members can also take advantage of free local pickups, but you’ll need to spend a minimum of $25 — the same threshold you need to hit to get free shipping.
Amazon’s announcement echoes previous reports of the company’s plans to pick up and deliver goods to malls. At the time, reports indicated that Amazon would use its contracted Flex drivers to deliver packages from the mall. According to the press release, you can count on an “Amazon delivery partner” to pick up and deliver orders.
“Expanding Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery with beloved brands delivered directly from nearby retail locations is just another way we’re offering customers even more choice, at faster speeds,” said Sarah Mathew, Amazon’s director of delivery experience, in a statement. declaration.