Target’s same-day deliveries might break my Amazon Prime addiction

Target’s same-day deliveries might break my Amazon Prime addiction

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On Thursday, Target unveiled a new same-day ordering feature on its website. For just $9.99, customers can get items delivered to their door in a couple of hours. I gave the service a try on Thursday, and I loved it. It was fast, convenient, and affordable.

The part I’m most excited about, though, is something that isn’t actually new—though I hadn’t heard about it until yesterday. Target’s same-day delivery option is powered by a startup called Shipt that Target acquired in 2017. And Shipt has a subscription offer that I find compelling: for $99, you can get a year of free same-day deliveries on any Target order over $35.

This is such a good deal that it ought to keep Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos up at night. Amazon Prime has been a key driver of Amazon’s growth over the last decade. By making two-day deliveries free,

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Amazon to employees: Quit your job, we’ll help you start a delivery business

Amazon to employees: Quit your job, we’ll help you start a delivery business

Enlarge / Completed customer orders are seen in their boxes, awaiting delivery, at the Amazon Fulfillment Centre on November 14, 2018, in Hemel Hempstead, England. (credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

In efforts to fulfill orders faster, Amazon will help some employees transition to entrepreneurial life. An expansion of its Delivery Service Partner program, the new initiative will give Amazon employees funding to start their own businesses delivering packages for the online retail giant.

Amazon employees who take the plunge will receive funding for “startup costs, up to $10,000, as well as the equivalent of three months of the former employee’s last gross salary.” According to the announcement, Amazon developed the new arm of the program to help employees who are interested in the Delivery Service Partner program but need assistance during the transition process.

The program is reportedly open to a variety of Amazon employees including warehouse workers. However,

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