EBay and Amazon Eye Same-Day Delivery

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Getting a new music CD or a cup of coffee delivered to your door within the hour was one of the things that made the Internet seem so amazing back in the late ’90s. Then, of course, it turned out the Net wasn’t able to revoke the laws of business physics, and delivery services such as Kozmo.com and Urban Fetch blew up. Now, the two giants of Web retailing are giving same-day delivery another try. But they’re taking very different approaches, and it remains to be seen whether the services will scale up beyond a few cities.

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