Amazon Job Posting Hints At Planned Whole Foods Pickup Service

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A job posting has revealed that Amazon's next move for Whole Foods is a service that will enable customers to not only order items from the organic grocery, but also from select retailers.

According to Business Insider, Whole Foods said in a job listing that it’s looking for a finance manager to help launch “the Whole Foods delivery and pick-up service on the ultra-fast Prime Now app and enable our Prime customers to shop from a set of marquee third-party retailers.”

The position would require working with the retail leaders and project managers “who are building this new business from scratch,” the posting said.

Earlier this year, Amazon launched two-hour grocery delivery from Whole Foods through its Prime Now app. The delivery program gives Prime members the option of getting their groceries within two hours for free, or paying $7.99 to receive them within the hour. Orders must be over $35.

The service was initially just available in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, while San Francisco and Atlanta were added later.

“We’re happy to bring our customers in San Francisco and Atlanta the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers’ lives even easier.”

The company added that there are plans for continued expansion across the U.S. throughout 2018.

As for the pickup service, it makes sense that Amazon would want to offer this to its Whole Foods customers, since Walmart and Kroger, the two leading grocery stores in the U.S., already offer the service at thousands of locations.

However, the job posting shows that Amazon wants its pick-up service to stand out by also offering the option to order items from third-party retailers.



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