Amazon extends its holiday shopping window with one-day shipping and new stores

The online seller will let last-minute shoppers use its stores, same-day deliveries and grocery shipments on 24.

Curated via Twitter from CNET News’s twitter account….

Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its shipping cutoff times for this year’s holiday season, with the company using its growing footprint of stores and one-day shipping service to extend its sales right up to Christmas.

That work was sparked in part by an embarrassing holiday season in 2013 when a surge of last-minute shopping overwhelmed UPS’ network and caused a rash of delayed shipments that didn’t arrive in time for Christmas.

Amazon executive Dave Clark, who oversees shipping and logistics, tweeted earlier this month that some shipments were "briefly impacted" by bad weather, adding "but we quickly re-balanced capacity and it’s all systems go now".

That work should help the company avoid a repeat of 2013, though it’s also worrying Amazon’s shipping partners that the company is quickly becoming a direct competitor.

Now, Amazon’s expanded logistics network includes a fleet of its own planes, thousands of truck trailers and a network of independent local delivery operators.

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