Amazon Offers Same-Day Delivery

The same-day delivery option will extend to Chicago in a few months

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    Amazon employee Heather Redman packs up orders from a warehouse.

    Chicagoans can soon get their Amazon purchases later the same day.

    "We want to make online shopping as convenient as possible," said Girish Lakshman, vice president of Transportation at Amazon.

    Amazon.com currently offers the service in seven major cities, and they're expanding the idea.

    But there is a catch: customers must order by a specific cut-off time unique to their time zone and be an Amazon Prime member to receive the discount price.

    The company announced today that New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Seattle and Washington D.C. residents and members will receive the new service for just $5.99 per item.  Chicago, Indianapolis and Phoenix are next on the list.

    “We’re continuously working to speed up delivery times and customers receiving items on the same day as ordered is an exciting step," Lakshman said.  "Now, if a customer needs a last-minute present for a birthday or wants a copy of their book club book before the weekend starts, they can order from Amazon instead of the hassle of a last-minute trip to the mall.”

    Amazon also announced extended Saturday delivery options, which would allow items ordered before the Thursday cut-off time to be delivered on Saturday instead of Monday.