Amazon is now offering same-day delivery to Canadians living in Vancouver and Toronto.
The service kicks off today with more than a million eligible items in Toronto and thousands of eligible items in Vancouver. Canadians in those two markets will be able to place orders as late as noon and receive packages before 9 p.m. the same day — every day of the week.
Amazon has rolled out same-day delivery about a dozen U.S. markets, including New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Philadelphia.
In Canada, Amazon will be charging $11.99 “per shipment” and a $1.99 “per item,” so a box with three items, for example, would cost nearly $16 to receive on the same day. Amazon Prime members will pay less: a flat fee of $6.99 per-order, with no additional cost per item. Those prices compare roughly to those in the U.S., where Amazon Prime members pay a flat fee of $5.99 per order, and those without Prime pay $8.99 another 99 cents per item.
After conducting a quick search, competing same-day delivery options could not be found in these two Canadian markets, so conceivably, Amazon may have the lead there. In the U.S., it’s having to compete with a variety of other companies that have teamed up with local retailers to delivery things from stores quickly. Those companies include Google, eBay and a handful of startups.