Amazon UK launches free same-day collection for Prime members

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In a bid to deal another blow to bricks-and-mortar stores in the UK, Amazon is branching out into same-day deliveries. It's teamed up with newspaper distributor Connect Group to launch "Pass My Parcel," which will ensure packages are sent free to local shops and high street stores across Britain within 12 hours until the end of the year, if you have a Prime subscription (£4.99 for non-members). If you've previously used the online retail giant's "Click & Collect" service, you'll be familiar with how Pass My Parcel works, but your package will now arrive a whole lot quicker.

Same-day orders made by 7:45pm will be available to collect from your chosen pick-up point by 6:30am the following morning. Order before the daytime cut-off point at 11:45am and your item(s) be ready for you by 4pm. Sundays are included too, but Amazon will only make one delivery on that day. Same-day deliveries initially be available in more than 500 newsagents and other local stores before Christmas, but the company intends to increase the number of pick-up points over the course of the next year. The option is not yet showing in our Amazon checkout, but expect a new same-day delivery selector to appear in due course.