Amazon Now Offers One-Hour Delivery in New York City

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If you live for now, Amazon.com (AMZN) can help. The online retail giant has unveiled a one-hour plan that can deliver thousands of daily essential items, like paper towels and shampoo, to Amazon Prime members in parts of southern Manhattan -- the rollout of an immediate-gratification-takes-too-long program that spreads to more cities in 2015.

"There are times when you can't make it to the store and other times when you simply don't want to go," said Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations. "There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less."

Dubbed "Prime Now," the plan is offered through a mobile app available on iOS and Android devices. The delivery service is available from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery costs $7.99. A portion of Amazon's new building on 34th Street in Manhattan will serve as a hub for delivery of Prime Now orders.

Amazon Prime, the online retailer's premier buying plan, costs $99 a year and qualifies subscribers to free streaming of TV shows, films and music; and for free, two-day shipping of Amazon purchases.
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