Amazon announces free same-day collection for Prime members in the UK

Amazon UK has today announced a new same-day collection service, available free for Prime subscribers. The online retail giant will allow Prime members to have a package delivered to a chosen collection point within 12 hours, part of its Click & Collect service. If you're not a Prime member, you'll have to part with £4.99 for the luxury.

Selecting same-day collection when checking out, orders placed before 11:45am will be available for collection by 4pm. Ordering before 7:45pm will ensure the package is ready at the desired pick-up point by 6:30am the following morning. It's an ideal service for those who simply cannot hold off for standard (or even next-day) delivery times.

You can even order things on Sunday with this new service. Supporting newsagents and convenience stores across the UK will carry "Pass my Parcel" branding, which will highlight available pick-up locations for Amazon shoppers. As touched on above, Prime members will be able to use the service for free until the end of this year.

More than 500 stores are participating in the new collection service, which sees Amazon team up with newspaper and magazine distributor Smiths News, a division of Connect Group. More stores are planned to be added next year.

Expect to see the option for same-day collection added to delivery options soon.

Source: Amazon, via: Engadget

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  • That's a crazy service. I really hope it come to the US!
  • Didn't we used to have a similar Amazon Locker service that got discontinued because people didn't actually use it.
  • Amazon Locker service isn't discontinued?! I used it a couple months ago at least. I know staples gave them the boot last year but they're still available elsewhere.
  • I wouldn't know, honestly. I've never used it. Honestly nit entirely sure how it works, either. I prefer to have them drop off things to my front door.
  • Amazon India come on..!
  • What about India Amazon?
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  • Wow, I guess Prime account can be shared and all use this service?
  • Nice. Just made use of the pick up location twice now. didnt even know they had it until the beginning of the year. In germany you have those lockers in public spaces which was quite nice for working class people.
  • Wat??
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  • Why UK?
  • Why not UK?
  • Why not US?
  • The humour, the countryside, the history, the BBC etc etc
  • Size, makes perfect sense to test in a country that is the size of Florida, than using a country the size of the US. We also have a lot of country wide courier services and newsagent chains that can support it with minimal effort from Amazon.
  • Thanks for your honest answer :D it makes sense now.
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  • Literally.
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