Amazon Is Offering One-Hour Delivery in Boston

The new service debuts today.


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Do you need a phone charger, like, immediately? Did you forget to pick up a birthday gift for your boss? Need an, I don’t know, Fire Tablet on the quick? Has Amazon got a service for you.

The company just announced it is debuting one-hour delivery in Boston today, which means any number of office supplies, groceries, pet necessities, toiletries and toys can be transported to you at frightening speeds.

It’s only available to Amazon Prime members, who via Prime Now can hail whatever it is they want in 60 minutes or less for a fee of $7.99. There is a $20 minimum and the service is available only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12. a.m. Deliveries in less than two hours, for members, is free. Prime membership costs $99 a year.

According to Amazon, it’s being offered to “the entire city of Boston.” That means you, too, Roxbury. To check if your location is included, type in your zip code on the Prime Now website.

We tried punching in a bunch of zip codes, and, according to Amazon’s website, one-hour delivery is also available in most towns inside 128: Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, Chelsea, Revere, Brookline, Newton, Medford, Arlington, Waltham, Belmont, Dedham, Wellesley, Winchester, Woburn, Stoneham, Melrose, Saugus, Wakefield, Reading, Lynn, Winthrop, Quincy, Braintree, and Milton.

In an email, Amazon spokeswoman Amanda Ip confirmed that one-hour delivery is available in those areas, some of which are up to 30 minutes away from Boston.

Ip says the orders are filled via a Prime Now “hub” in the South End. Amazon also has a warehouse in Everett.

In these hubs, we store tens of thousands of items and our backend systems know where items are housed. When an order is placed, an employee goes to pick the item and we then get it placed in a bag and ready for delivery. This happens very quickly—sometimes within minutes, particularly for a one-hour order. Then, a driver is assigned the delivery and they head out toward the customer. The customer can track their package getting closer and our drivers are armed with sophisticated software that routes them to deliver the order.

This is only the latest Amazon experiment to land in the Hub. The Jeff Bezos-owned Goliath opened a brick-and-mortar bookstore at Dedham’s Legacy Place, has plans to do it in Lynnfield, too, and wants to do the same somewhere in Boston.