Amazon brings Prime benefit to Whole Foods Market in ten more states

Ivan Schwartz
June 13, 2018

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Amazon is bringing free grocery deliveries from Whole Foods Market to Philadelphia customers in an expansion of its Prime Now express service that also includes Boston, Baltimore and Richmond, Va. The service began in February in Austin, Dallas, Cincinnati and Virginia Beach, Va. Amazon has owned Austin-based Whole Foods since August 2017.

Whole Foods is expanding its Prime-exclusive discounts to Alabama and nine other states, the grocery chain announced today.

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Today in Philadelphia and a few other US cities, the answer is yes.

"Based on the positive customer feedback and successes we've seen over the past month, we're accelerating our timeline to expand these savings to all of our USA stores", A.C. Gallo, the president and chief operating officer at Whole Foods Market said. The new Amazon Whole Foods delivery eliminates the delivery fee for Prime members who already pay the $119 annual membership fee, which more than 100 million people already do. "Based on the positive customer feedback and successes we've seen over the past month, we're accelerating our timeline to expand these savings to all of our USA stores".

Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.4 billion in 2017, but the recent integration of Prime savings is the first real sign that anything has changed. Prime Now offers free two-hour delivery on orders of more than $35. In the time-honored retail fashion, that really just means extra discounts and savings for Prime members. Shoppers also can opt in to use their mobile phone number to get the Prime savings at the checkout lane.

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