Amazon subsidiary Quidsi, which operates a number of single-word domains like Diapers.com, is bringing free overnight shipping to three major U.S. metro areas starting today: greater New York, San Francisco, and L.A. The service will be available only on orders of $49 or more made from select Quidsi-operated sites including Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com.
The news comes on the heels of an earlier announcement, also out this morning, that Quidsi corporate parent Amazon is expanding its same-day delivery service outside the U.S., giving Canadians in Toronto and Vancouver access for the first time to Amazon-fueled instant gratification.
It’s likely that Quidsi chose Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com as the initial sites to offer free overnight delivery because they are those that carry the more urgently-needed supplies, such as baby care products like diapers and wipes, household essentials like toilet paper and detergent, and pet supplies like dog food.
Overnight delivery in these markets is not limited to the municipal borders of the cities in question, says Quidsi, but is offered to a range of zip codes for the wider metro areas. If you’re in one of those regions, you can see if your zip code is on the list here. If you’re not, Quidsi still offers free shipping on orders over $49 in one to two days, the company claims.
Shoppers on Quidsi sites can also access a shared shopping cart that spans between the many properties Quidsi runs, which also includes luxury beauty site BeautyBar.com, toy site YoYo.com,housewares and decor site Casa.com, natural and organic grocery store VineMarket.com, kids sports and activity gear AfterSchool.com, kids’ books site Bookworm.com and kids’ clothing site Look.com. However, these other sites are not included in the free, overnight shipping deal – at least not at this time.
Quidsi says that the expanded shipping option is not a holiday promotion, but will now be offered to customers going forward.