This is a big deal!

Target just announced that 55,000 items are now eligible for same-day delivery to the greater-Portland area, and it all starts on August 21.

The Bangor Daily News is reporting that the same-day service will cover literally tens-of-thousands of items, and the retail giant will start shipping groceries, electronics, home goods and essentials to more than 130,000 households across Maine in the delivery area.

Only members will have access to the service, however. If new customers sign up before Aug. 21, the $99 annual membership fee will be cut to $49. The annual membership allows access to free, unlimited delivery on orders of more than $35.

This is clearly a move to compete with Amazon, but will it work? Amazon Prime offers free 2-day shipping on almost all orders, and Prime subscriptions come with streaming media, music, videos, and other goodies.

Will you take advantage of this new shipping delivery service at Target?