Just Before Amazon Australia Opens, JB Hi-Fi Offers Same-Day Delivery

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With the news that Amazon will be storming the online-retail-gates of Australia this week, JB Hi-Fi has got on the front foot and unveiled their new speedy delivery options for online customers.

These new options will allow items to be delivered same day or, in some circumstances, within three hours.

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Just days before Amazon Australia launches, JB Hi-Fi has listed a whole new range of delivery options for online customers that includes same day delivery and a "three hour rush" delivery option. The latter promises to get your product in your hands within three hours. The new delivery options complement the existing Standard Delivery and Express Delivery options that JB Hi-Fi have offered for some time.

The image below shows the pricing structure of the four options:

Same day delivery and three-hour rush services will be handled by a courier service. The former will cost $9.99 and the latter, $14.99. The pricing is pretty competitive, considering the same day delivery service from Amazon costs $8.99 in the US, plus $0.99 per additional item. If Amazon can forego slapping an 'Australia Tax' on that when they bring the service Down Under, the two services should be priced fairly similarly.

However, Amazon Prime members get these options for free if they spend more than $35 (or $5.99 for orders under $35), for a flat monthly fee. If a similar service becomes available with Amazon Australia, this would be the way to go for people ordering more than once a month. Overall, JB's pricing structure is competitive without being revolutionary.

Interestingly, when I added a second item to my cart on JB Hi-Fi, the standard delivery pricing jumped up from $4.99 to $10.99 but the courier and express delivery prices remained the same.

According to JB Hi-Fi's website, these options are available to "customers living in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide". The three hour rush option is available to "City and City fringe customers living in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide." At this stage, there's no indication on where the same-day delivery or three-hour rush options will be available exactly, but I've tried a few different addresses to try and nail it down.

My home address, which is on the outskirts of Sydney about 15km from the CBD, is unable to receive same day delivery or three hour rush delivery yet. Testing addresses in Redfern (4km from the CBD), Petersham (8km) and Summer Hill (10km) demonstrated the former two were eligible for the fast delivery options, but Summer Hill was not. This, for now, suggests that the limit for courier delivery is around 10km but I could not confirm this on JB Hi-Fi's website.

There are, of course, some terms and conditions in regards to same day delivery or three hour rush delivery options. The first is that you must place your order before 1pm, Monday to Friday for same day delivery. The same-day delivery options are not available on weekends or public holidays.

With Amazon about to shake up the online retail space Down Under, this is a pretty big move for one of the country's biggest retailers and a concerted effort to make their online offerings more appealing.

The battle begins! Your move, Amazon.


Comments

    My tobacco is same day delivered. It surprised me the first time, I ordered in the morning and in the late afternoon I got a knock at the door and some brand new pipe tobacco.

      May I ask who this provider is?

        It in Toorak, Alexanders cigar merchants I believe its called. Granted I live in victoria so if you live further away it might take a little longer.

        Also, if anyone from Alexanders is reading and you want to shower me with gifts for advertising for you I like aromatics of most sorts and am also quite partial to cigars as I get older.

    After waiting one week for my Xbox One Scorpio to be delivered, JB can go suck on a hefty sized banana.

    More likely that the stock is coming directly from a store close to you that actually has stock on hand > 5

    JB doesn't have Capitol City-based distribution centres that I know of.

    Too late bahahaha - you can't do this just for the competition when the rest of the world this is pretty much the norm

    Good luck JB you have served me well over the years but this should have been done a long time ago!

      I'm not really sure why you consider this a bad thing. Regardless of whether this was done in direct response to Amazon's impending launch, regardless of whether you think this should have been done years ago - it's now been done, and the option is there for us. It can only be a good thing for consumers.

    I'm more worried about the advertising blitz which will no doubt be full of misleading rubbish and possibly arrogance. Any and all advertising by amazon should be singled out to be scrutinized by the government, not just the medium's board, before being allowed to air or be displayed. Mention of 'black friday' should be outright banned because its not an australia thing and we dont want that americanism creeping in and amazon trying to make it a thing.

    I'd be happy if JB could get the more of its stock click and collect on the website, don't like how some preorders are delivery only.

    About 10 odd years ago I remember houses being burgled a day or two after TVs and other expensive items being delivered by JB HiFi.

    I'm just waiting for one of the major brick & Mortar retailers to partner with Uber for delivery. Now that would be a turn-up.

    God, I bought a TV from JB Hifi earlier this year and it took about a month to arrive because they forgot to remove a shipping label from the box before sending it so the postal service just kept sending it back to their store over and over. I wish I could have opted for same day delivery instead...

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