Amazon has officially launched its first Prime shipping service, which allows Prime members to buy and deliver packages to other Prime members’ homes for free.
Prime Shipping allows Amazon to sell its own products to customers through Prime memberships, which have been a boon for the e-commerce giant.
The service, launched earlier this week, allows Prime subscribers to order Amazon products directly from the Prime Store, and Prime members can get their packages to their homes through Amazon’s new Amazon Direct Checkout service.
Amazon has already begun to offer Amazon Direct Checksout in select markets, such as San Francisco, where Prime members have been able to buy products from Amazon directly.
However, Prime Shipping only supports Prime members in the United States, Australia, and Canada, and Amazon has yet to announce any plans for international deliveries.
The Amazon Prime service launched with a focus on online-only deliveries, with Prime members able to order items from Amazon and then receive them on their own.
This approach is particularly appealing to those Prime members who can’t get into the Prime store in the US due to geography, and are often frustrated by Amazon’s lack of delivery options.
But Amazon’s first Prime service isn’t the only new service it’s launching in the near future.
Amazon is also expanding its existing Prime service to include Amazon Go, a new way to order and pay for products on the web.
Amazon Go customers can now pay for Prime shipping through Amazon Go’s Amazon Prime program, which gives customers the ability to purchase Prime shipping from other Amazon Go members in a similar manner to Prime Shipping.
Amazon Go customers are also able to use Amazon Pay to pay for Amazon orders on their phones and tablets, allowing them to use their Amazon Pay cards to purchase Amazon products from the Amazon Store.
Amazon Pay is currently only available in select countries, but Amazon is working on expanding the service to other regions.
Prime Prime members will also be able to pay using Amazon Payments, a way for Amazon to charge other retailers for goods and services purchased through Prime.
Amazon’s Prime subscription service also offers Amazon Payments for Prime members.