E-commerce marketplace Amazon has launched one day delivery service in India for orders from Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune. Customers in Mumbai and Pune can place orders as late as midnight to receive items next day as per the new service, but the cut-off time to place orders under this offer is currently 3.00 pm for customers in other pin codes. It also has a guaranteed two day delivery service for which it charges Rs 49 as part of a limited period offer and will charge Rs 79 eventually. It also needs to be noted that Amazon offers free delivery for orders irrespective of the value of the product ordered as of now, but plans to charge Rs 49 for orders lower than Rs 499 in the future.
Note: The story had incorrectly mentioned that Amazon currently charges Rs 49 for orders below Rs 499, the error is regretted.
There is no news of Amazon launching its Prime service in India yet, though. Amazon Prime lets people pay an annual subscription fee for guaranteed two day shipping of all products apart from access to Amazon Instant Video at no extra cost. That said, the company has been slowly adding categories to its website and we can expect them to roll out this feature in India too.
Amazon had launched a pilot project recently to test India Post’s cash on delivery model through which, India Post will collect payment from its customers. It had also launched its third-party logistics service in India starting with a pilot in Delhi-NCR region that lasts until February 2014. The service will be free for sellers on Amazon until the end of the pilot. The company will offer cash on delivery service and intends to announce prices of third-party logistics services after the pilot.
Amazon had received government approval to set up its logistics service in India in February 2012 and is currently in the process of hiring people to set up this service.