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Amazon offers (yet another) way to buy groceries

By Louisa Hallett - 08/08/2018
Amazon is launching what it calls “Prime Now grocery pickup” in Sacramento and Virginia Beach.

Amazon is making shopping even faster by introducing click and collect capabilities to Whole Foods Market stores.

Amazon is launching what it calls “Prime Now grocery pickup” in Sacramento and Virginia Beach.

According to the company, Prime members can shop Whole Foods Market’s assortment of fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples and pick up their order in as little as 30 minutes, all without the consumers leaving their cars.

“Pickup from Whole Foods Market is a perfect option for customers who want to grab healthy and organic groceries at their convenience, all without leaving their car,” said Stephenie Landry, Worldwide Vice President of Prime Now, AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurants. “A customer can order at 5:00 p.m., pick up at 5:30 p.m., and we’ll have their groceries loaded into their car just minutes after arrival. For an even faster experience, customers can tell us they are on their way using the Prime Now app and groceries will be ready as they arrive.”

Prime members place their delivery order via the Prime Now app and choose the pickup option at checkout. Customers can choose free pickup in as little as an hour on orders of $35, or in 30 minutes for $4.99.

Amazon started offering Prime Now delivery from Whole Foods Market in Florida on May 16 and then continued to expand it to Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington, along with 13 other states. Amazon stated that once the program is to expand nationwide throughout 2018.

“We’ve been delighted with the customer response to delivery in as little as an hour through Prime Now,” said Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market Executive Vice President of Operations. “Today’s announcement is another way that we are continuing to expand access to our high-quality products and locally-sourced favorites.”

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