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amazonprimenow121Amazon’s Prime Now delivery service is live in select zip codes of Austin, marking the sixth city where it is offered.

The service, available to Amazon Prime members who pay a $99/year fee, offers one-hour delivery for $7.99 and two-hour delivery for free. Prime Now was launched initially in Manhattan four months ago and soon after rolled out in Brooklyn. It also became available in Baltimore, Miami, and Dallas last month before arriving in Atlanta last week.

Prime Now, accessed via a mobile app for iOS and Android, offers Prime members a way to have “daily essential” items like paper towels and shampoo arrive at their door within 60 minutes of ordering. It’s part of an ongoing effort by Amazon to boost Amazon Prime benefits and cover the “last mile” of delivery, an initiative that also includes the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service, which started in Seattle before rolling out to other cities across the country.

To speed its delivery process, Amazon has spent the past few years exploring the use of everything from drones to taxi vehicles to storage lockers. Amazon currently offers same-day delivery for some non-Prime Now items ($5.99 for Prime users; $8.99 for others) in about a dozen U.S. markets, and expanded the service to Canada this past November.

We’ve reached out to Amazon for more details on the Austin launch and will update when we hear back. Here are the zip codes where Prime Now is available: 78613, 78701, 78703, 78704, 78705, 78708, 78711, 78712, 78713, 78731, 78751, 78753, 78755, 78756, 78757, 78758, 78759.

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