Amazon continues to expand its Prime Now delivery service at a breakneck pace, announcing on Tuesday that it will now deliver hot meals around Austin, Texas.
This is the fifth market to get the Amazon Restaurants service just two months after it first launched in Seattle. And it won’t be the last.
An advertisement for a job in London indicates the company will soon be offering restaurant delivery in the UK, others describe how it will continue to “rapidly expand in regions across the U.S.” The company has more than 30 open Amazon Restaurants positions right now, a pretty strong indication that it has officially graduated out of the experimental phase.
I use Amazon’s restaurant delivery service pretty regularly now, and find it to be as advertised.
The company guarantees delivery within one hour, though it says its first four markets (Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Baltimore) have an average delivery time of 39 minutes. The service is only available to those who pay for a $99 per year annual Amazon Prime membership. There’s no delivery fee after that, though the company does add a $5 tip for your delivery rider by default.
Restaurant orders use the same mobile app and delivery network Amazon uses for orders of household goods through its Prime Now one- and two-hour delivery service, which first launched in New York last December. That network has already expanded into 21 U.S. markets, three cities in the U.K., one in Italy and one in Japan.