Amazon Raises Free-Shipping Minimum for Most Orders to $49

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Mike Segar/Reuters

Amazon has raised its free-shipping threshold for orders from non-Prime customers to $49 from $35 in the United States.

Orders of books worth $25 or more will, however, be eligible for free shipping,according to the shopping website.

Amazon has been spending on rolling out several new services for members of its $99-a-year Prime loyalty program, including one-hour delivery and original TV programming, to attract customers in a highly competitive online shopping market.

The company’s shipping costs rose more than 18 percent to $11.5 billion last year.

The online retailer is also quietly inviting drivers for its new “on-demand” delivery service to handle its standard packages as it looks to speed up delivery times and reduce costs.

Written by Kshitiz Goliya of Reuters

(Source: Reuters)

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