Up till now, whenever you placed an order on Amazon India, on a purchase of Rs 499 or more, no over and above delivery charge was applied. However, the e-commerce platform has very quietly increased the minimum order amount for a free delivery. Without any prior warning or notice, Amazon has increased the minimum amount by Rs 100. Which means, now, only on a purchase worth Rs 599 or more, will your delivery charges be waived off. For orders below Rs 599, an additional cost of Rs 50 will be charged for delivery.
Do note, this change in minimum delivery amount does not bring any change for Amazon Prime members. For the members, delivery charges still remain Re 0, along with a guarantee of one-day delivery for free. In addition to that, Amazon India has also introduced ‘Guaranteed Morning Delivery’, and ‘Guaranteed Same-Day Delivery’, in selected cities in India. These deliveries are available at an additional cost of Rs 150 for regular users, whereas it costs Rs 50 for Amazon Prime members.
To get a perspective on the hike in the minimum delivery amount by Amazon India, its competitors in India, Flipkart and Snapdeal now have a lower minimum amount. While Amazon India now has requires you to make a purchase of Rs 599 for a free delivery, Snapdeal and Flipkart continue to stick with Rs 500 as minimum amount to be eligible for no-cost delivery. ALSO READ: Amazon India duped of Rs 70 lakh by Bengaluru woman through duplicate electronic returns
Amazon has been growing rapidly in India, with recently registering revenue of $35.7 billion, which is more than earlier expectations of $35.3 billion. Its earnings per share was recorded at $1.48, against the expected $1.12. According to Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon India is the fastest growing marketplace in India.
“Our India team is moving fast and delivering for customers and sellers. The team has increased Prime selection by 75 percent since launching the program nine months ago, increased fulfillment capacity for sellers by 26 percent already this year, announced 18 Indian Original TV series, and just last week introduced a Fire TV Stick optimized for Indian customers with integrated voice search in English and Hindi,” Bezos said. ALSO READ: Amazon India aims to add 5,000 new jobs, expand its storage capacity in 2017