Amazon plans to activate same-day delivery system – Part 2

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 3:41:53 by

More than a few analysts pointed out that Szkutak’s words amounted to less than a categorical denial.

“I think Amazon was just pushing back on speculation that anything was going to happen in the near term,” said S&P Capital IQ equity analyst Michael Souers.

Amazon’s fastest shipping option now is two-day delivery for customers who pay the $79 annual fee for Amazon Prime. But Congress is expected to grapple next year with the question of requiring e-commerce companies to collect state sales taxes — as a nationwide policy — and most analysts expect some form of tax to be imposed.

“(Amazon wasn’t) shooting down the same-day rumour,” Jason Moser, an analyst with the Motley Fool financial services firm, said of Szkutak’s comments. “I didn’t read it as saying they wouldn’t do it at some time.”

Same-day shipping could, needless to say, be a big boost for online sellers, said Moser and Souers. As tech columnist Farhad Manjoo put it last month, “It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly this move will shake up the retail industry. Same-day delivery has long been the holy grail of Internet retailers … .”

Amazon isn’t alone. On Aug. 6, eBay said it will test same-day shipping, what it calls “eBay Now,” in the San Francisco area, for customers who purchase from local merchants and are willing to pay a $5 delivery charge.

“That shows that the interest is there for same-day shipping,” Moser said.

EBay Now uses an iOS mobile app that’s downloadable on Apple iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch. Participating stores include Macy’s, Toys R Us and Target.

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