• Most online orders are placed after 4 p.m.
  • FedEx‘s months-old Extra Hours service delivers goods ordered online as late as 2 a.m. for next-day local delivery and two-day shipping to any address in the continental US.
  • The service shows that Amazon Prime‘s two-day shipping promise is no longer unique.

Online orders placed after sundown typically can’t arrive the next day in most metro areas — even if you pay extra for speedy delivery. That’s in contrast to the fact that most people online shop between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight.

FedEx is adapting to consumers’ night owl shopping habits with Extra Hours. The months-old service pushes the evening order cutoff times by five to eight hours. Online orders placed as late as 2 a.m. can deliver the next day in certain metro areas, or within two days to addresses in the continental US.

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Kevin Sterling, managing director of Seaport Global Securities, told Business Insider that FedEx Extra Hours allows traditional retailers to compete with Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping pledge.

“Retailers love it,” Sterling said. “They used Extra Hours during peak season, and they were able to sell it as, ‘Hey, look, we’re better than Amazon Prime.'”

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