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Amazon keeps expanding Prime Now

By Louisa Hallett - 08/29/2018
Amazon brings Prime Now delivery to key metropolitan areas as the company continues to take over grocer delivery.

Amazon continues its Prime Now growth by expanding to key metropolitan locations.

The company announced that it has launched delivery Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in Columbus, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Portland, Greater Washington D.C. and additional areas of New York City, including Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Union Square and Murray Hill.

“We’ve been delighted with the customer response to delivery in as little as an hour through Prime Now, and we’re excited to bring the service to our customers in Columbus, Dayton, Portland, Greater Washington D.C. and even more neighborhoods in New York City,” said Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market Executive Vice President of Operations. “Just in time for back-to-school shopping, grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market makes getting ready for the new school year with healthy snacks and lunches even more convenient.”

Prime members can shop thousands of items across fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples from Whole Foods, all of which are available for delivery in an hour. Select alcohol is also available for delivery. The retailer offers free two-hour delivery for Prime members and an additional $7.99 for one-hour delivery on orders over $35.

As Amazon expands grocery delivery, they have also been looking to develop “last mile” solutions, as the eCommerce giant introduces the Delivery Service Partners program. This program allows local entrepreneurs to run their own local delivery fleets, with up to 40 vans displaying Amazon Prime logos. The company’s Delivery Service Partners is just another component of the company’s logistics network. It already owns 7,000 of its own trucks and 40 airplanes, which along with external delivery partners, shipped more than 5 billion Prime items last year.

The service launched earlier this year with Amazon saying that it will expand to additional neighborhoods in New York City, and across the U.S. throughout 2018.