I guess we will from now on hear the Amazon drones buzzing in the air to deliver same-day packages for Amazon Prime members nationwide. Well, the drones have to wait a little bit longer, but same-day delivery and one-day shipping are already a reality.
As an Amazon Prime member, I just got a notification email with updates to the 2018 Prime membership. Amazon surely is a company to count on when moving forward in 2018. They are certainly not putting on the breaks, quite the opposite. With expanding their services even further, they are accelerating forward with full force.
The Rumors Are Now True
Amazon is welcoming 2018 with making a reality of the rumors that were circulating in 2017 with offering free same-day delivery and one-day shipping to their members.
My first thought was that Amazon now had launched Amazon Prime Air and was making same day shipping available with drone delivery. However, it seems like this will be the next step for the future for Amazon to offer 30 minutes delivery.
That is insane!
Imagine making a purchase and 30 minutes later it gets delivered to your door. The future is here!
Free Same-Day And One-Day Shipping are now available in over 8,000 cities and towns nationwide. Check your zip code to see which options are available.
Whole Foods Delivered Straight
To Your Door
The news came out that Amazon purchased Whole Foods in 2017 and are now also offering 2-hour delivery of groceries from Whole Foods with Prime Now.
The Prime Now delivery is available on an enhanced grocery selection including select Whole Foods 365 products, meat, and alcohol in over 30 cities nationwide.
Amazon Restaurants is a Prime member service that offers delivery from restaurants now available in more than 25 cities across the US, including Brooklyn, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington DC.
Unfortunately, this is not an option in my area just yet, but hopefully soon.
Digital Benefits Or Digital Controlling Mechanisms?
Prime Photos offers free unlimited photo storage for Prime members. Now use just your voice to view photos on Fire TV and Echo Show.
I do not know what you guys feel about this, but for me it is another way of monitoring our lives. It is enough with all the social media platforms that take ownership of our photos as soon as we upload them to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
I will continue saving my photos on my lap top’s hard drive and then burn them down to CD’s when taking too much space. I do understand that this may not be totally safe either, but it feels like a better solution to me.
With Prime Video you can now live stream NFL Thursday Night Football games in addition to movies and TV series at no extra cost.
I love Prime Video! Especially the Original Shows. My favorite series so far (may be because of my Swedish heritage) is Vikings. The show has a mix of action, drama, and romance. Vikings has 6 seasons and 4 seasons are for free, so go ahead and enjoy!
Alexa The Spy?
Is there anyone else, who feels that Alexa is an intimidating controlling device? You literally bring a device into your home that records everything you are doing and track your daily routine. Alexa could be the perfect device for the Government to spy on you.
If we let go of the conspiracy theory, this is how Amazon is promoting Alexa:
Alexa is now available in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. With Prime Music you can listen to over two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations, always ad-free and on-demand.
Get access to even more music with an exclusive $2 discount for Amazon Prime members. Unlock tens of millions of songs, the newest releases, exclusive voice features using Alexa in app, and more with Prime Music Unlimited.
New Shopping Benefits
I have never tried out Woot.com, which is Amazon’s new daily deal site. Does someone have experience of this shopping site? According to Amazon, Prime members get free standard shipping on all Woot orders and free express shipping on all Shirt.Woot orders.
With Prime Reload you get 2% rewards every time you reload your Amazon.com Gift Card Balance with your checking account. As a dropshipper I like to use the Amazon Gift Card option.
Why you may think?
Amazon is one of the few online shopping platforms that not allows PayPal payments, and as a dropshipper you often get paid with PayPal. The ideal situation is to use the PayPal funds to pay for the dropship order, and this you can do purchasing an Amazon Gift Card on for example Gyft.com and pay for it using PayPal.
If you want to see a manual on how to do this, feel free to check out my article:
Customized Virtual Dash Buttons
Now Amazon Prime members also have Virtual Dash Buttons available. These virtual Dash Buttons are shortcuts to quickly find and reorder products on Amazon’s mobile app and website.
Virtual Dash Buttons are free, and available for millions of products.
More Updated Benefits
Alexa Voice Shopping: You can now voice shop with Alexa for the things you use most. Try “Alexa, reorder paper towels,” or any other item in your Amazon Order History. Prime members also get free returns on orders placed with Alexa.
Prime Fresh: Expanded product offerings including meal kits and select Whole Foods Market products now available for delivery. 1-click reorder option now available.
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