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Amazon expands Whole Foods delivery, pickup services

BY Dan Berthiaume

Amazon continues adding markets where Prime members can schedule grocery delivery and pickup from Whole Foods stores.

Amazon is offering delivery as little as an hour through Prime Now from Whole Foods stores in Asheville and Charlottesville, N.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Lexington, Ky., Little Rock, Ark. Manchester, N.H., Mobile, Ala., Naples, Fla., and Savannah, Ga.

Prime members in those cities can shop through Prime Now for thousands of items including fresh produce, high-quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally-sourced items. Select alcohol is also available for delivery to customers in Asheville and Naples.

The service, launched in four markets in February 2018, is now available in 75 U.S. metros and will continue to expand throughout 2019.

In addition, Amazon is expanding grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market for Prime members to Columbus, Ohio. Launched in two markets in August 2018, grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market is available in 30 U.S. metros, with plans for continued expansion this year.

To schedule grocery pickup, Prime members place their 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 more, or in 30 minutes for $4.99. After arriving at the Whole Foods Market store, customers park in a designated pickup spot and a Prime Now shopper will place groceries into their car within minutes. For customers who announce they are on their way to the store in the Prime Now app, groceries will be ready as they arrive.

“Prime Now delivery and pickup continues to be a hit with our customers and we’re excited to introduce the service to even more Prime members across the country,” said Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market executive VP of operations. “It’s just another way we’re making it even easier for more customers to enjoy Whole Foods Market’s healthy and organic food.”

Pickup and delivery from Whole Foods Market is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Customers can also find out if delivery is available in their area by saying, “Alexa, shop Whole Foods.”

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