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Amazon Prime Launches in Canada, Unlimited 2 Day Shipping for $79 Per Year

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Amazon continues to expand its services to Canada. Back in December the company launched their Amazon Kindle Store here and today they have announced the launch of Amazon Prime for $79 per year. Customers part of Amazon Prime will receive unlimited two day shipping all year round (with no minimum purchase order), and is great for those who want their online shopping to arrive quickly.

Amazon Prime will be offered to most cities in Canada, but the company says customers in rural areas won’t be promised the two day guarantee. Some select areas will also get the option of upgrading to one day shipping for an additional $3.99 per item (time is money, right?).

Amazon Prime in Canada will lack Prime Instant Video and Kindle Books lending available to U.S. customers, notes Steve Oliver, the Canadian manager for Amazon.ca, to the Globe and Mail. Amazon Prime has been in the works for the past year:

We have been working on (it) over the last year and we’re very excited to launch,” said Mr. Oliver from the retail giant’s headquarters in Seattle.

Mr. Oliver says the company knows that consumers are not only looking for selection and value when shopping online, but convenience.

He said selection and price are important and the “other critical piece of convenience is knowing you can get products quickly and when you want them.”

The company has fulfillment facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, and recently opened its second in Delta, B.C.; the latter’s completion last fall allowed Amazon Prime to finally launch in Canada. The service will apply to millions of items available on Amazon.ca. For those that live near these fulfillment centres though, you’re already experiencing pretty fast shipping.

Amazon Prime has been available in the U.S. and six other countries for a while now. If you love shopping on Amazon.ca, guaranteed two day shipping on all your items is huge, but of course you’re going to pay for it. It works out to just under $7 per month to use the service.

Click here to learn more about the service on Amazon’s website–it comes with a one month free trial. Anyone signing up for this?

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  • Considering the speed that we’ve received stuff in Richmond since the fulfillment centre opened next door, not sure how much value this would be. Or do we think Amazon may slow the fulfillment of regular orders down to simulate demand for Prime?

  • I don’t think they would slow down orders at all. Prime customers just get guaranteed priority shipping.

    You’re lucky to be so close to the fulfillment centre 🙂

  • I can’t imagine Amazon would slow down orders either. Yet if you consider that by having two distribution centres near enough two of the three largest Canadian markets, there has to be some thought as to the uptake of the service in Canada.

  • I wouldn’t go for it, Amazon.ca is way deficient compared to Amazon.com. I need up ordering stuff from Amazon.com many times. If they offer the same service from Amazon.com for double the price and even slower shipping I’d still pay for it.

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