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Amazon is testing a 2-hour grocery-delivery service from Whole Foods

Amazon to deliver Whole Foods groceries to Prime members Amazon Launches Free Two-Hour Whole Foods Grocery (and Booze!) Delivery in Dallas
Laurie Berry | 10 February, 2018, 04:11

The perk is now available in four cities (Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach), though the service is set to expand to the rest of the country later this year. The service will be nationwide this year, the company said.

Amazon and Whole Foods Market announced the introduction of free two-hour delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now, with plans to expand across the U.S.in 2018.

"This is where we're starting", Stephenie Landry, the vice president of Prime Now, told The Seattle Times. "Select alcohol is also available for delivery to customers".

Thomson Reuters Tomatoes are pictured at a Whole Foods store in San Diego.

Members can use the app or the website to shop the "vast majority" of Whole Foods stores online.

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That includes fresh produce, seafood, meat, flowers, baked goods, and dairy products. For example, a customer in Austin can shop at Sprouts Farmer's Market, Amazon's own shop, or Whole Foods.

A 2017 Morgan Stanley survey of Prime members showed Prime Now grocery orders increasing. Consumers with Prime accounts will be able to take advantage of the service during Whole Foods' operating hours, which are generally 8 a.m.to 10 p.m. Customers will receive free two-hour delivery on orders of $35 or more, or they can pay a shipping charge of $7.99 to receive the items in an hour. The bank wrote in a note to investors that 48% of people using Prime Now were ordering grocery items with it - more than they were ordering more traditional e-commerce offerings.

The move is the latest by Amazon to put its stamp on its recent purchase of Whole Foods.

Some Whole Foods stores already offer delivery through a partnership with Instacart; it's unclear whether that partnership will continue.

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