On Thursday Amazon introduced free two-hour delivery of certain Whole Foods Market items between the hours of 8am and 10pm in select zip codes in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach. Orders can be made via primenow.com or the Prime Now app.
Amazon expects to expand the service across the U.S. later this year.
According to Amazon, Prime customers can shop for thousands of Whole Foods items, including produce, bakery, dairy, meat, seafood, floral and everyday groceries. Select alcohol is also available for delivery. Prime members receive two-hour delivery for free, and “ultra-fast” delivery within one hour for $7.99 on orders of $35 or more.
Many traditional supermarkets already offer home delivery services. Ahold (Giant, Stop & Shop) was one of the originators with Peapod, ShopRite offers delivery provided by individual stores, and Acme partnered with Instacart earlier this year to delivery orders “in as little as two hours.”