Amazon quietly launched its Prime Now one-hour delivery service in Portland, Ore. sometime on Tuesday, the same day the service became available in Seattle. The speedy delivery option is now available in 11 markets.
We’ve been expecting this news, after GeekWire noticed identical job postings for delivery drivers in both Seattle and Portland last week. The service hadn’t gone live in Portland when the company announced the Seattle launch on Tuesday morning, but The Oregonian spotted the availability later that evening.
Portland isn’t getting alcohol delivery like in Seattle or London, but the service there does deliver from third-party locations. In addition to the normal inventory from the Amazon store, Portland shoppers can also order items from four local stores: New Seasons Market, World Foods and Uwajimaya grocery stores as well as Cupcake Jones bakery. New York City is the only other market with that option.
Of note, GeekWire has learned Amazon is experimenting with a restaurant delivery service in Seattle right now — so a similar offering may be coming to Seattle soon.
Prime Now operates between 8 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week, accessible through the Prime Now app. It’s available only to members of Amazon’s $99/year Prime Now membership program. A minimum order of $20 is required. One-hour delivery costs $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free.