In February, Amazon announced it might start to ship from Whole Foods markets through its Prime Now service, which affords free, two-hour deliveries for purchases over $35 and even quicker, one-hour supply for an upcharge of $7.99. The service was initially obtainable in solely 4 markets – Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, nevertheless. Today, Amazon is increasing Whole Foods deliveries to Denver, Sacramento, and San Diego.
The selection of Denver as one of many earlier markets to obtain the choice is attention-grabbing, provided that town has been a check marketplace for Walmart’s on-line grocery efforts for years.
In truth, it was the primary to supply a grocery pickup option again in 2014. Grocery pickup is now obtainable at over 1,200 Walmart U.S. shops, and Walmart’s grocery supply is expected to succeed in 100 markets by year-end. Walmart additionally introduced at present it’s now working with DoorDash as a supply accomplice in Atlanta, which joins Walmart’s longtime companions on grocery supply, Uber and Deliv.
Though Walmart has been working in on-line grocery for years, Amazon is scaling up quick. Walmart says it would attain over 40 p.c of U.S. households through its enlargement this 12 months, but it surely was solely providing supply in six markets as of March.
Amazon’s Whole Foods deliveries, with at present’s information, is dwell in ten markets. This contains its different latest expansions to Atlanta, San Francisco, and L.A. If it continues to increase throughout Prime Now’s footprint, it might attain dozens of main metros nationwide.
As earlier than, Prime Now customers can place their Whole Foods orders for supply between eight AM to 10 PM. The product choice contains hundreds of contemporary and natural produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and on a regular basis staples.
In Sacramento and San Diego, Whole Foods may also ship alcohol by Prime Now.
“We’ve been delighted with the customer response to free two-hour delivery through Prime Now, and we’re excited to bring the service to our customers in Denver, Sacramento and San Diego,” mentioned Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market Executive Vice President of Operations, in an announcement. “Today’s announcement is another way that we are continuing to expand access to our high-quality products and locally-sourced favorites.”
Whole Foods is just one choice for a few of Prime Now’s markets, because the service additionally companions with different native shops like Sprouts, Fresh Thyme, New Season Market, and others. Amazon additionally operates AmazonFresh, a grocery supply service obtainable in elements of the U.S.