Amazon launches one-hour mobile delivery in Manhattan
Seattle – Manhattan residents have the opportunity to receive Amazon deliveries faster than even before.
Prime Now, the newest benefit for Amazon Prime members, offers one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of products through a mobile app. Prime Now is powered by Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers that utilize high-end technology to speed up order delivery times for customers. Now, Prime members in Manhattan can get products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries delivered right to their door in an hour or less.
Amazon is launching Prime Now in select areas of Manhattan Thursday, Dec. 18. All Prime members can immediately download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, and will be notified when the service is available in their local area. Prime Now is available from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is available for $7.99.
A portion of Amazon’s new building on 34th Street in Manhattan will serve as a hub for delivery of Prime Now orders. The retailer plans to expand Prime Now to other cities in 2015. “There are times when you can’t make it to the store and other times when you simply don’t want to go,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior VP of worldwide operations. “There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less.”
Deckers names Outerwall chair to board
Goleta, Calif. – Deckers Brands has appointed Nelson Chan, chairman of the board of directors of Redbox and Coinstar parent company Outerwall, to the company's board of directors. Maureen Conners will step down from the Deckers board at year-end to pursue other activities.
Chan is also lead independent director of Synaptics, a developer of electronic interface technology, and serves as a member of the board of directors of genetic analysis company Affymetrix. Chan is also chairman of the board of directors of several select privately-held companies.
Chan previously served as CEO of GPS technology manufacturer Magellan, from 2006 to 2008.
Dunkin’ Brands to open 400-plus U.S. stores in 2015
Canton, Mass. – Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, plans to add between 410 and 440 net new U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants five to 10 net new Baskin-Robbins U.S. restaurants in 2015. Globally, the company expects to open between 615 and 750 net new units in the coming year.
For full year 2014, Dunkin’ Brands expects to finish the year near the top end of its Dunkin' Donuts U.S. development growth target of 380 to 410 net new restaurants. The company sees opportunity for 17,000-plus Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the U.S. and more than 30,000 restaurants for both brands globally.
Dunkin’ Brands also expects revenue growth of between 5 and 7% in fiscal 2015, along with same-store sales growth of 1-3% in both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins U.S. stores. For full year 2014, the company expects adjusted earnings per share to be $1.75 to $1.76 and full-year Dunkin' Donuts U.S. same-store sales growth to be approximately 1.4%.
"This has been a challenging year for our businesses,” said Nigel Travis, chairman & CEO, Dunkin' Brands Group.
“We are pleased that Dunkin' Donuts' 2014 U.S. same-store sales and transactions remained positive, although not as positive as we hoped because of continued pressure on the consumer and decelerating sales of packaged coffee in our restaurants. We expect these trends to continue into next year. We are committed to returning to double-digit growth in the subsequent years.”
The company will report fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 results on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.