Online grocery pick-up and delivery has seen a huge spike during the COVID-19 pandemic as many of us try to stay as home and out of crowded places as much as possible. Now, more than six months into social distancing, many retailers are adapting to shoppers' changing habits, including Whole Foods. The grocery chain announced today that it is offering one-hour grocery pickup for Prime members at all Whole Foods locations nationwide.
Starting right now, Prime members can shop via the Amazon App or Amazon.com and start shopping from Whole Foods. When they check out, they'll simply select a one-hour pick-up window when they can come get their groceries. When they arrive at Whole Foods, they can check in via the Amazon app, and Whole Foods said that the "majority of customers who check-in using the Amazon App before arriving at the store wait just one minute to receive their orders after arriving."
The pickup service, which was previously only offered in select Whole Foods locations, is free on orders $35 or more, but orders less than that or ones that need to be picked up in less than one hour will have a fee attached.
This news comes as more people are relying on online grocery services than ever before. Experts don't expect this to subside when the pandemic is over either. In fact, Whole Foods cited a figure by Global Data Research saying that nearly 68 percent of consumers reported that they will continue to use curbside pickup even when the pandemic has subsided.
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