Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Amazon Now Offers 2-Hour Whole Foods Delivery In Select Cities

Amazon Now Offers 2-Hour Whole Foods Delivery In Select Cities

At the moment, the service is only available in certain neighbourhoods in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach - but the company will add more cities to its roster throughout the year. The company announced today that it's rolling out free two-hour delivery on thousands of the grocery store chain's products through Prime Now starting immediately. If you're too busy to go grocery shopping - and you live somewhere with Prime Now service and you're a Prime customer - you can place an order and then have an Amazon courier bring it to your location whenever you'd like. Prime members receive two-hour delivery for free and ultra-fast delivery within one hour for $7.99 on orders of $35 or more.

Amazon has indicated it plans to roll out Whole Foods' Prime Now delivery to more cities this year.

Neil Lindsay, VP of worldwide marketing at Amazon, will take on most of Greeley's former responsibilities at Prime, according to a source.

Greeley is the first high-profile Amazon executive known to be spending time at Whole Foods, the grocery chain Amazon bought for $13.7 billion past year.

Amazon is now locked in a race with Apple to become the first trillion dollar company, after the Seattle company more than doubled its profits year-on-year between September and December 2017, rising to $1.9bn.

"Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers" lives even easier'. Delivery is free as long as the order size is over $35, and customers use or the Prime Now app to order. Further, the research firm estimates that as of January, Amazon accounted for 18% of online grocery sales in the U.S.

Whole Foods employees will choose the products from the shelves to send them to their customers via Prime Now delivery driver.

The announcement also coincides with the release of Whole Foods' first advertising campaign since its acquisition of Amazon. Is there anything Amazon can't deliver? Per Landry, "we're going to have a huge expansion ahead".

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