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Sunday November 23, 2014

Anticipating #Amazon, More E-tailers Offer Same-Day Delivery

Shoptique

E-commerce sites ranging from NY-based Shoptiques to Walmart.com are offering same-day shipping. It is expensive and labor-intensive and a feature that most customers may not actually need, but retailers are willing to offer it because of Amazon.

The world’s largest on-line retailer, Amazon is likely to expand its same-day shipping service this year. “There’s lots going on in this space, and it’s all driven by Amazon,” Tom Allason, chief executive of Shutl, a British same-day delivery service expanding to the U.S., told The New York Times. “It’s not really being driven by consumers at the moment.” But NY-based Net-a-Porter said its $25 delivery service is popular. Their clients, like the customer who ordered clothes and wanted them delivered to her private jet, are accustomed to paying for concierge services.

The New York Times