Thursday, May 26, 2016

News: Amazon brings one-hour delivery to Rotherham

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Internet retail giant, Amazon, has launched its ultra-fast delivery service to South Yorkshire which means that online shoppers in Rotherham can receive selected goods on the same day as ordering.

First launched in London in 2015, the "Prime Now" service allows customers to order thousands of daily essentials, household products and gift items using an app. Amazon Prime members spending more than £20 can then choose same-day, two-hour delivery windows for no additional cost.

One hour delivery is now available in selected postcodes for an additional £6.99 delivery fee.

South Yorkshire becomes the 10th location in the UK to receive the service.

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To fulfil its delivery obligations, the retailer has started creating an "urban logistics network" consisting of units typically ranging in size between 10,000 sq ft and 100,000 sq ft around the towns and cities where it wants to operate its new services - which in time could include every location in the UK.

Property Week reported earlier this year that the number of urban logistics centres Amazon owns has risen rapidly from 13 at the end of 2014 to 24 today and that Amazon is working with CBRE on its acquisitions drive.

Amazon's Doncaster Fulfilment Centre is based at Firstpoint, a distribution park just off of J3 of the M18. At 415,000 square feet, it is the size of five and a half football pitches. A new 250,000 sq ft facility is located on Water Vole Way, Doncaster.

In addition, a new delivery station opened last year in Sheffield at Victory Park.

In April, Amazon UK Services Ltd applied for a premises licence for the sale of alcohol off site from a 10,200 sq ft unit at Aldwarke Wharf in Rotherham.

It followed an agreement with supermarket Morrisons that is set to see hundreds of Morrisons products made available to Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry customers.

Amazon Pantry is a store where Amazon Prime members can shop for groceries and household products in everyday package sizes for set delivery fees.

Last year, Amazon began delivering fresh chilled and frozen food within 60 minutes of ordering in selected London postcodes, testing out Amazon Fresh - the retailer's US grocery delivery service.

The Amazon group's total UK sales came in at a staggering £5.3bn for 2015.

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