Amazon expanding its online grocery service, looks to replace your local grocery store


You’re probably well aware by now that you can get practically everything you need from Amazon these days. But did you know that you could soon be getting your groceries delivered straight to your door from Amazon as well?

AmazonFresh is Amazon’s online grocery delivery service that’s been in testing since 2007. The service has only been available in the Seattle area but now it’s coming to Los Angeles this week and San Francisco later this year. Here’s what you can expect from AmazonFresh if it hits your area:

  • A full selection of fresh groceries, including produce, dairy, meat and seafood — even alcohol
  • Fast, overnight delivery
  • Thousands of best-selling items to add right to your grocery order
  • FREE delivery on qualifying orders

Sounds pretty much like the regular Amazon, except for groceries. According to Gizmodo, if AmazonFresh is successful in its new cities, it could hit 20 major cities by 2014. Then we’ll never have to leave our homes again.

[via Gizmodo, image via Polycart]

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  • Seamus McSeamus

    When I lived in a major metro area, I enjoyed grocery shopping with my wife. I love cooking, so was always keen to pick out fresh produce and meats. However, living in a small town now without several large well-stocked grocery stores within a 15 minute drive, I find it quite a chore.

    I would warmly welcome the ability to select from a wide range of fresh produce, with next day delivery to my door. I’m pretty sure I won’t have that option any time soon, though.

  • Ashraf

    [@Enrique] I agree that you can do it online but it doesnt have the same effect. For websites, it is a matter of clicking to buy whenever needed so their isnt that aspect of “buy it now so i dont have to come back here later”

  • Ashraf

    [@naveed] It would also kill sales. Sales are used to draw people to the grocery stores, where they typically buy more than just the sale item. Similar to impulse buying that you mention.

  • Enrique

    [@naveed] Agreed. Doing all the shopping from a computer would be so much better.

    But I also feel that there’d be a way to promote impulse buys on a website. Amazon does that pretty well already I think.

  • naveed

    I wish it would come to Dallas and/or local groceries would start doing this. I hate grocery shopping – but looks like grocery stores don’t want to do this, as this prevents impulse buys which are ofter more than the original planned buys for many people (including me). It’s a matter of time, I guess, till they are forced to do it.