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UK: Amazon Launches One-Hour Delivery Service

Amazon. has launched its one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, for select areas of London and said it would expand the program to additional cities in the United Kingdom by the end of the year.

For a fee of $10.8 (N2,200), Amazon Prime members can have orders worth $31 (N6,300) or more delivered in one hour, the company said on its UK website. “This is just the beginning. London is our first Prime Now city in the UK and we are already working on making Prime Now available in more postcodes in London and beyond,” Christopher North, managing director of Amazon UK, said in a statement.

The launch in London is the first time Prime Now is available outside of the United States, where it began offering the service six months ago. Amazon Prime, the flagship membership service that launched a decade ago, has become key to Amazon’s growth and a vital testing ground for new services ranging from TV and on-demand video to delivery-by-drone.

Amazon said it will offer free two-hour to same-day window deliveries between 8 a.m. and midnight.

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