Monday, 19 November, 2018

Amazon is changing its free shipping option for the holiday season

Amazon will offer free shipping on holiday purchases National Amazon will offer free shipping on holiday purchases The move will make hundreds of millions of items eligible for free shipping
Andy Castillo | 05 November, 2018, 23:06

Amazon is getting ready for the holiday season in a big way.

Amazon is joining its rival retailers in beefing up its free shipping program just ahead of the holiday shopping blitz.

Normally, customers who aren't in the Amazon Prime program would need to order a minimum of $25 worth of qualifying items to get free shipping.

The credit ratings agency noted that in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone Amazon's shipping costs amounted to $7.4 billion. Despite the longer shipping times for its new free shipping promotion, Amazon says it will have the "largest free shipping selection in the country".

Retailers are competing hard for holiday shoppers, who increasingly expect fast shipping that's free.

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Amazon's stock was trading lower during Monday's session. In a release, the company said the offer is available for a "limited time" without providing specifics.

The company said during its most recent annual report that it expected shipping costs "to continue to increase to the extent our customers accept and use our shipping offers at an increasing rate, we reduce shipping rates, we use more expensive shipping methods, and we offer additional services".

USA online retail sales in November and December will rise 14.8 percent, to $124 billion, software maker Adobe said last week in a forecast based on data from 80 of the 100 largest online retailers. Target announced last month it would offer free two-day shipping on all orders from November 1 to December 22.

Of course, if you want more benefits, like free videos, music streaming, books, and guaranteed shipping speeds, you may want to try out a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. The Amazon help page explains that delivery will take five-to-eight working days and then only after all the items in your order are available, including pre-ordered products.

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