Amazon has launched another grocery initiative, this time for Amazon employees in Seattle. The service is called AmazonFresh Pickup and it allows customers to order groceries from the Amazon mobile app on iOS and Android, or on the web, select a pickup time, and show up at the AmazonFresh Pickup location to get their items bagged into their vehicle by an Amazon worker.
Although it's limited to Amazon employees right now, when it opens to a wider audience AmazonFresh Pickup will be available to Prime members (who are near a location) as a free addition to their membership (via TechCrunch).
The service has no minimum order requirement, so customers can create grocery lists for dozens of items or for a single bottle of mouthwash, for example -- whatever is ordered will be waiting for them when they drive up. Customers can order fresh produce, meats, bread, dairy and a range of household items off of AmazonFresh Pickup, which currently has two locations in Seattle's SODO and Ballard neighborhoods.
Amazon previously tested out "Amazon Go" pop up stores, which let customers walk in, purchase groceries, and walk out of the store without needing to go through any lengthy check out process. That service worked by having customers scan their smartphone when entering, and the Amazon Go app tracked every item taken from the store's shelves and tallied it all up in a virtual cart, which charged a customer's connected payment card.
Recently, it was reported that Amazon is delaying a wider launch of Amazon Go locations to "work out kinks" related to the cashierless technology that charges customers automatically. Amazon is constantly testing out and slowly launching neat new ideas that could see a wider debut for its customers in the future -- like Amazon Prime Air, which has evolved from futuristic reveal to small-scale, working delivery drone in just over three years. With today's announcement, it appears that AmazonFresh Pickup is the next in line.
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Try shopping with babies or toddlers. It's a sanity saver!
Now, my Watch tells me the time I spend in the grocery store counts as exercise, but it's low intensity exercise; that time could be spent doing a more physically intensive activity (which I do anyway, but more is better). And if grocery shopping was nearly as easy as hitting the fast food drive-through, maybe some people would have a better, more affordable diet.
Will the stores take advantage of shoppers? Perhaps, but overall, they want repeat business. They're not likely to be as picky (literally) as some of us, but I'd wager they won't intentionally seek out the worst, either. For me, the disadvantage is the overall inspection - "Hmm, the asparagus isn't looking very good today," "the plums are hard as rocks," "Would I rather have two larger pork chops or three smaller ones at the same weight?" But for the majority of the items in the shopping cart, that's not a consideration.
My answer to the "deal-breaker" would be to order all my staples for delivery/pick-up, and purchase meats, fruits, veggies, and the like in person. I save time, I maintain quality.
This is the kind of thing where Siri integration could really shine if only Siri was smart enough. It would be fantastic if I could say to Siri, "Add my usual trash bags to my Kroger shopping list" and it knew that when I say "Kroger shopping list", to add it to the Kroger ClickList for curbside pickup; and when I say, "my usual trash bags", it knew what I bought from Kroger last time, checked to see if it was still available for sale from Kroger, and if it was, added it to the ClickList.
This is the kind of deep third-party integration that Siri desperately needs. If Apple brings this kind of thing to Siri sometime within the next year or two, they have a shot at having an assistant in their ecosystem that's actually worthy to be called an assistant. Without that type of deep integration, Siri is just the dumb blonde that does little more than tell the same jokes over and over.
[doublepost=1490716872][/doublepost] For some people, it might be lazy; but for a good many others, it's called good time management. I can spend an hour at the grocery store and spend $200.00; or, I can spend that hour working and almost make the $200.00 that buys those groceries. Personally, I'd rather do the latter and let someone else roam the aisles for me.
I'm wondering—do you guys on the coast not have this yet? I would be really surprised if you didn't, but then I see articles like this making it sound like it's such a new thing when we've been using it for a while.
Back in the 60's my mom would just call Possum Wiggly's grocery store, and Possum himself would deliver right to our house. He'd bring the groceries in the kitchen door, and put them away for her.