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Prime Now is a service offered by Amazon and available to Prime members in parts of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain. In December 2014, Prime Now first launched in parts of New York City, allowing members to have products delivered to them within one hour for a fee of $7.99, or within two hours for no additional fee. As of 2014, 25,000 daily essential products were available through the service.[1]

Prime Now
Areas served
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
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In a May 2016 survey conducted by Cowen & Co., approximately one in four Amazon Prime users had used Prime Now.[2]

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Areas servedEdit

In February 2015, the service was extended to include all of Manhattan.[3] By mid-2016, it had been expanded in the United States to include parts of Chicago, Miami, Baltimore,[4] Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, Austin, Nashville, Portland, San Antonio, and Tampa.[5][6][7] It has also expanded to certain cities in the United Kingdom, including London,[8] Birmingham,[9] Newcastle, Manchester,[10] and Liverpool[11]. Other cities around with world with Prime Now include Milan,[12] Munich, Berlin,[13] Paris,[14] Barcelona,[15] Madrid,[16] Valencia,[17] Tokyo,[18] Osaka, [19] Kawasaki, Yokohama,[20] and Singapore.[21]

Amazon RestaurantsEdit

Amazon Restaurants is an online food ordering service available in 20 metro areas throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.[22][23] As of January 2018, the service had 7,601 restaurants, which offer delivery through the Prime Now service.[24][25] In addition to independent restaurants, the service offers delivery from chains such as Red Robin, Applebee's, Olive Garden, and P.F. Chang's. Amazon Restaurants is available on the Prime Now mobile app and on Amazon's website.[26] One-hour delivery is free once users meet a certain spending amount, determined by the restaurant.[27]

Grocery deliveryEdit

As part of the Prime Now app, users can order groceries from local retailers to be delivered by independent contractors, similar to Instacart.[28] Retailers in the program include local stores and the Sprouts Farmers Market chain.[29] To eliminate packaging waste, items are placed in paper bags for delivery and taken out of insulated bags at the time of delivery to be reused.[30]

In February 2018, Prime Now began adding the ability to place orders from Whole Foods Market stores in the service area.[31] As of April 2018, the service was live in 10 markets.[32]

Amazon FlexEdit

To meet the on-demand needs of Prime Now, Amazon further launched Amazon Flex, a platform for independent contractors to provide delivery services. Drivers for the program use a proprietary app to complete deliveries.[33] The contractors do not wear Amazon branded apparel, and deliver using their personal vehicles.[34]

CriticismEdit

In October 2015, former Flex contractors sued Amazon as they were making under the minimum wage while working out of Amazon facilities and wearing a badge identifying that they were with Amazon.[35]

In October 2016, another group of Amazon Flex contractors sued the company, stating that they should be classified as employees due to factors such as mandatory training sessions and having to follow a route decided by Amazon.[36]

ReferencesEdit

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