Amazon Prime members can shop all the way up until Christmas Eve with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery and Prime Now.
Additionally, all customers in the U.S. can enjoy free shipping on hundreds of millions of items, and this holiday season Amazon has extended the free shipping cutoff with no minimum purchase through December 18 for orders that will arrive in time for Christmas.
A majority of Prime members in the U.S. have access to free one-day shipping or faster, and Amazon today announced that Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery and Prime FREE One-Day Shipping expanded this year to more than 10,000 cities and towns coast-to-coast.
Plus, Prime members in more than 30 cities have access to free ultrafast delivery through Prime Now, where customers can shop many of the same products and deals that are available on Amazon.com and receive them in as little as an hour.
Holiday Shipping Cheat Sheet
For free shipping before Christmas, visit amazon.com/holidayshipping. The following shipping dates apply (some shipping speeds not available in all regions):
- Dec. 18 (extended): Last day for free shipping with no minimum purchase amount, free for all customers
- Dec. 18: Last day for standard shipping, free for Prime members
- Dec. 22: Last day for two-day shipping, free for Prime members
- Dec. 23: Last day for one-day shipping, free for Prime members in eligible areas
- Dec. 24: Last day for same-day delivery, free for Prime members in eligible areas (order by 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier)
- Dec. 24: Prime Now offers free two-hour delivery windows, reserved exclusively for Prime members in eligible areas (order by 9:15 p.m. local time or earlier)
- Dec. 24: Whole Foods Market stores, Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Pop-up device kiosks open Christmas Eve (store hours vary by location)
- Dec. 25: Give the gift that keeps on giving – Amazon Gift Cards and Amazon Prime
Extended Shipping Deadlines Help Amazon FBA Sellers
These extended shipping deadlines are also good for Amazon FBA sellers as Amazon can delivery marketplace products to most areas in two days or less.
As American shoppers become more used to fast shipping, Amazon FBA is one of the few ways small businesses can offer later holiday shipping deadlines.
Even if merchants use their own webstore, having some inventory in Amazon FBA can sometimes be a better option for fast delivery than using USPS, UPS, or FedEx.
Do you use Amazon FBA and have you noticed a late rush in the past on orders before Christmas? Please use the comments section below or head over to our Facebook Group for Small Business Sellers and interact with other small business owners.