Amazon announced Thursday (Feb. 28) the launch of Amazon Day, a new delivery service that lets Prime members in the U.S. pick the day of delivery each week.
In a press release, Amazon said with the new service Amazon will group together orders and deliver them on the same day of the week. Customers can also choose the two-day Prime shipping rate if they can't wait for a specific product. Amazon said the new service should result in fewer packages. It's part of the Seattle, Washington eCommerce giant's sustainability efforts to achieve Shipment Zero, its vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50 percent all of all shipments net zero by 2030.
“Amazon Day adds another level of convenience to the many shipping benefits Prime members already enjoy. Prime members can now choose to get their orders delivered together in fewer boxes whenever possible on the day that works best for them,” Maria Renz, vice president, delivery experience at Amazon, said in the press release. “We’ve been testing this program with a group of Prime members and Amazon Day has already reduced packaging by tens of thousands of boxes — a number that will only continue to grow now that the program is available to Prime members nationwide.” Once Prime members choose the day to have packages delivered they can add orders to Amazon Day. All items arrive together on the chosen day.
Amazon has been rolling out new delivery methods in a quest to reduce its carbon footprint and save money. One focus has been on robots that can deliver packages to customers doors. In a recent blog post, the eCommerce leader announced Amazon Scout, a robot designed to transport packages to the door. Scout is a robot on six wheels and is about the size of a small cooler, rolling on sidewalks at a walker's pace. As of January Scout has been delivering packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington.