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Amazon's Drive-Up Grocery Stores Are Now Open To the Public In Seattle (theverge.com) 36

Amazon has opened two drive-up grocery stores to the public that will allow Amazon Prime subscribers to place an online order and choose a two-hour pickup window for when they'd like to drive over and retrieve it. The Verge reports: Despite the stores being called "AmazonFresh Pickup," a membership to the company's home delivery grocery service isn't required. But if you do pay for AmazonFresh (an extra $14.99 per month on top of Prime's usual cost), your groceries will be ready within 15 minutes. Regular Prime customers have to wait at least two hours before the earliest pickup window becomes available. According to The Seattle Times, the first time you visit one of the two AmazonFresh Pickup locations, a concierge will enter your name and vehicle's license plate number into Amazon's systems. That way, during subsequent visits a license plate reader will automatically identify you and signal to employees that they should bring your order out to your car. The Times notes that this license plate scanning can be disabled from Amazon's website.
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Amazon's Drive-Up Grocery Stores Are Now Open To the Public In Seattle

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  • Of course it's fresh! It was packaged and frozen right after it was picked!

  • How is this news? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Barny ( 103770 ) <bakadamage-slashdot@yahoo.com> on Thursday May 25, 2017 @08:39PM (#54488523) Journal

    Supermarkets have been doing online shop&collect for quite a few years here (with no cost overhead), and delivery of groceries (for free in some circumstances).

    • This is in the Cloud.
    • Same here. We order online at our local grocery store, and they give us a 2-hour window during which they will deliver our groceries. There is a small threshold above which the delivery is free, and below which there is a five dollar charge. Since we always order above the threshold, our deliveries are always free.

      Amazon is quite late to the party, and offers nothing of value. In fact, Amazon's offering is a step backwards by comparison.

    • Its news because it is Amazon doing it.

      True, this isn't a new concept. but when Amazon starts to take business away from many on brick and mortar stores including the giant that is Walmart....this new Amazon grocery service is important news for all other grocery stores. Especially when Amazon may have more resources behind them or just simply....do it better.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    How disruptive!

    Wait... Haven't supermarkets being doing this for several years now?

  • license plate scanning can be disabled from Amazon's website.

    So the scanner will scan your license plate and then know that you're not supposed to get scanned. Got it.

    Or maybe it's a big on/off button that everyone gets to fight over. You turn it on, then I log in and turn it back off.

    • by DogDude ( 805747 )
      If you're shopping with Amazon, you've already decided that privacy is not on your list of priorities.
  • by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Friday May 26, 2017 @03:29AM (#54489579)
    So the proposition is you pay a heap of money for someone to shop for you. This person doesn't give a damn about freshness because they're being Amazon micromanaged. They don't care if the tins are dented, or meat is going brown or contains tubes, or if the milk carton is leaking, or the bread has a few days before its stale since they're not the ones who're going to eat it. After working a whole shift fulfilling lazy assholes, they probably hope you choke on it.

    Frankly I wonder who this service is even meant for.

    • The question in my mind is who the less-than-perfect apples go to. Someone has to get them. Will they complain? Will they have to be discarded?
      • by Anonymous Coward
      • Typically, they are what makes up the ready-to-go stuff. Those cut up apples? They had a brown spot on one side, so no sale, but the other half is just fine. The rotisserie chickens? All the ones that were going to have to be marked down for quick sale end up there. The chicken salad? That's yesterday's rotisserie chicken. Supermarkets recycle a lot.
    • the tins are dented, or meat is going brown or contains tubes, or if the milk carton is leaking, or the bread has a few days before its stale

      If this is your shopping experience, than perhaps it says more about the quality of your local grocery store than about Amazon's new store. I've never seen anything like that in the Seattle-area QFC I regularly shop at, perhaps aside from the occasional slightly-dented can (the horror!).

      Frankly I wonder who this service is even meant for.

      People with more money than time? People with physical impairments or temporary injuries that limit mobility? Amazon employees?

      I have no interest in this service, as I don't mind picking out my own groceries, but I hardly

      • People fear dented cans because it is a sign of botulism. Of course that's highly unlikely and it's probably just a dent but the irrational fear is still there.
      • by DrXym ( 126579 )

        If this is your shopping experience, than perhaps it says more about the quality of your local grocery store than about Amazon's new store. I've never seen anything like that in the Seattle-area QFC I regularly shop at, perhaps aside from the occasional slightly-dented can (the horror!).

        No, it's the experience of every supermarket. You probably just don't notice it because if you shop for yourself you automatically and subconsciously choose the best from the selection - oh that shampoo has a cracked top, I'll choose another, oh that apple has a mark I'll pick the other apple. Even the best supermarket doesn't just toss stuff because it's knocked around a bit. They wait for somebody to buy it, or they foist it onto their home delivery customers, or write it off as spoilage. If you let some

  • In store allows selecting quality produce but need to park, pick, stand in line. Delivery means waiting when swinging by for a quick pickup easier to time, such as on way home. Having all 3 options convenient especially depending on location. Still not tried Prime Fresh due to higher cost and have 3 grocery stores within 1km to my home. Like Amazon for heavy bulky stuff that do not need to quickly or stuff not nearby. Think Amazon offering in select areas can compliment their other offerings and maybe p
  • Where I live there are walk through pharmacies at every corner!
  • there are tons of grocery stores all over Seattle. This is just two.

    Most offer this kind of service already. They even deliver it to your homes at a preset time, which is what that Amazon Fresh does.

  • The article says, "This type of automatic license-plate check-in can be turned off on Amazon’s website." So the check-in feature can be disabled but your license plate is still scanned.

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