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Amazon job posts point to global same-day delivery

A series of job postings hint at Amazon's desire to expand its same-day delivery service, including for products sold by third-party merchants.

Amazon is considering expanding its same-day delivery service worldwide, according to job postings. Amazon

Amazon wants to dramatically expand its same-day delivery service, at least that's what job postings for the e-commerce giant suggest.

A quick search of Amazon's job listings show a wide range of openings centered on same-day delivery, including positions for product managers and marketing managers. The job openings show Amazon's ambitions to expand same-day delivery service in the US, as well as "replicate" the service internationally.

Amazon currently offers same-day delivery in about a dozen US cities, including Atlanta, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. The same-day delivery service costs customers $5.99 per order for shipping and requires products be purchased by noon. The orders will then be delivered by 9 p.m. local time that day.

Same-day delivery is essential to Amazon's plan to increasingly take on brick-and-mortar stores. While the company often already undercuts competitors on pricing, Amazon is now trying to beat competitors on product availability. Brick-and-mortar retailers have long clung to the fact that their customers can get products the day they desire them, unlike online marketplaces. By offering same-day delivery on a global scale, Amazon stands to change that paradigm.

In addition to offering same-day delivery on its own product sales, the job postings hint that Amazon may consider expanding the service to products sold by third-party merchants.

Amazon has a large third-party-merchant service on its site, but exactly how a company operating in, say, Florida, could make a same-day delivery to someone in California is unknown. It's likely that Amazon would need to work on an apparatus that would facilitate distribution through its facilities in order to make that work.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Via Reuters)