Amazon now delivers fresh groceries to non-Prime members in selected US cities – In a few selected U.S cities, Amazon is extending its Fresh grocery delivery service to non-Prime members. In the past, Prime subscribers were the only ones who were eligible to receive Fresh grocery delivery.
With this expansion, people will be able to order groceries online from Amazon Fresh stores and warehouses in a dozen cities, including Austin, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Nashville, Tennessee, Phoenix, Arizona, Portland, Oregon, Richmond, Virginia, Sacramento, California, San Diego, California, and San Francisco, California.
Non-Prime members will be charged a fee of $13.95 for orders placed under $50 and a cost of $10.95 for orders placed between $50 and $100. A $7.95 fee will be applied to orders over $100.
“We’re always looking for more ways to make grocery shopping easy, fast, and affordable for all of our customers, and are excited to offer Amazon Fresh grocery delivery to customers without a Prime membership in a dozen U.S. cities,” said Claire Peters, the worldwide vice president of Amazon Fresh, in an emailed statement. “Now even more Amazon customers can benefit from our high-quality grocery experience, with Prime members continuing to save on grocery delivery fees and through exclusive savings on hundreds of items in-store.”
Amazon will continue to offer two-hour delivery windows for all orders for both Prime and non-Prime customers. Customers may choose a longer, six-hour delivery window for a lower cost in some places.
According to a recent Bloomberg article, Amazon intends to roll out the program across the country by the end of the year and eventually include goods from Whole Foods and other grocery stores. According to the article, Amazon intends to combine all of its online grocery store options, including Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon.com, into a single shopping cart. Customers would no longer need to place three separate orders for products from Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon.com. Instead, they could place a single order for things from all three sources.
Along with in-store Krispy Kreme shops, the internet retail behemoth also revealed today that it is opening renovated Fresh locations with a wider assortment of goods in Chicago.
Amazon removed the benefit that allowed Prime members free delivery on sales over $35 earlier this year and began collecting delivery fees on Fresh grocery deliveries that are under $150. With the implementation of this new policy, Amazon started charging a delivery fee of $3.95 for orders between $100 and $150, $6.95 for orders between $50 and $100, and $9.95 for orders under $50.
Amazon increased its foray into the food market by purchasing Whole Foods in 2017, and it now runs dozens of Fresh supermarkets and Go convenience stores across the United States.