Amazon finally launched its speedy, one-hour delivery service in the Twin Cities.
With the Amazon Prime Now smartphone app, Prime members living in Minneapolis, St. Paul and nearby zip codes (including Eden Prairie, Apple Valley, Maple Grove, Andover, Woodbury and White Bear Lake) will be able to skip the trip to the store and get thousands of products delivered within an hour.
One-hour delivery is $7.99, while two-hour delivery is free – that's on top of the $99 a year it costs to be a Prime member, which includes other perks.
Prime members will be able to order grocery items (there doesn't seem to be fresh produce, but you can buy frozen, refrigerated, canned and boxed items), beverages, household and beauty products, movies and electronics, sporting goods – there's even a "Twin Cities Love" section, complete with all things Minnesotan.
Here are five things you can buy through the app that, let's be honest, you probably don't need delivered to your house in an hour:
Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial of Prime for new customers, and those who already have Prime can use a code to get $20 off their first Prime Now order of $50 or more, KARE 11 says.
Local delivery competition
Amazon is the latest to jump into the local grocery delivery market, the Business Journal says. Target entered into the market last month when it partnered with Instacart, a service that also delivers for other stores, including Whole Foods and Costco.
Other stores, including Lundsandbyerlys.com, Schwans.com and CobornsDelivers.com, also provide delivery options, the Business Journal notes.