The explosion of grocery home delivery services designed to eliminate the weekly trip many families find themselves making to the local grocery store or supermarket was not lost on the folks at Amazon. Amazon Fresh offers a variety of food and grocery items that customers can order online and have them delivered to their home or apartment.
Service Areas Covered By Amazon Fresh Delivery
The service is not available in all areas of the country, and areas in which it is available can change. For example, Amazon announced it was ending Amazon Fresh Delivery in New York, California and a few other states. The best way to find out the latest areas of availability and confirm that you have access to it is by going to the Amazon website and searching for availability using your local ZIP code.
The acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon could result in Amazon Fresh being tied to Whole Foods locations. Amazon Fresh has been testing a system through which customers can place their order through their Amazon Prime account for pickup at an Amazon Fresh Pickup location. Do you pay higher grocery prices with grocery delivery?
Using Amazon Prime Fresh does not add to the price of food or grocery items. Prices you might get at your local grocery store or supermarket are about the same as you could expect to pay when ordering through Amazon Fresh for delivery.
Delivery Costs And Membership Fees
Use of Amazon Fresh delivery requires an Amazon Prime membership at a cost of $99 a year for a regular membership and $49 a year for student memberships. Paying for a Prime membership on a month-to-month basis costs $12.99 a month.
If you are a Prime member, you must also become an Amazon Fresh member at $14.99 a month to make use of the service. The company offers free 30-day trial memberships on both Amazon Prime and Amazon Fresh.
A membership to Amazon Prime Fresh entitles a customer to place an online order for delivery. Orders of $50 or more qualify for free delivery, but smaller orders incur a delivery fee of $9.99 for each order.
Coupon Policy With Online Grocery Delivery
Amazon Fresh is similar to Walmart Grocery, Shipt and Instacart in not accepting store coupons or manufacturer’s coupons on delivery orders. In contrast, Peapod does accept manufacturer’s coupons and even doubles the savings up to 99 cents per coupon.