Amazon takes over the retail world!

Last Update: April 26, 2014

That does not sound like breaking news, I know, but here is the latest that was released to the press just 2 days ago: Amazon is introducing it's grocery service in the U.S..

Just when you thought Amazon was already selling every item known to man, here it comes going after grocery stores and discounters like Walmart. Not to mention local businesses. Watch out moms & pops, you thought Walmart had taken over, here is the newest money hungry machine to court your customers; Amazon.

Called ''Prime Pantry'' and available to Prime members only, this online service does actually sound pretty convenient. Flat shipping rate of 5.99$ for a 45 pound box of groceries. Not unlike Costco clubs, there is an annual Prime membership of 99$.

Now it's the weekend, you might not want to go out for groceries, look around for parking and wait in line, would you use this service? Do you think this is where grocery shopping is heading, online? Or are you fed up of the Amazon retail world takeover!?

Hum...I wonder if affiliates get commissions off of grocery items? Lol.

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VickiG Premium
I like to shop for my groceries, and don't think I would go this route
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DNTL Premium
Same here! It's true that there is something great about being able to take your time picking your food/reading labels etc...Not everything is better online.
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RickBell57 Premium
I love Amazon I wish I owned some shares!
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DNTL Premium
Gotta think big...I wish I owned Amazon!!! lol
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bap0304 Premium
I can absolutely see some items being convenient enough to ship but I can't imagine too many people would want their fruits and veggies coming this way, won't be convenient unless the return policy is lenient and expedient. How many "ient" words can you put in your comment?
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DNTL Premium
This service can be expedient, but of course if making a recipe you would want a fresh ingredient. If that is the case, that would be nonexpedient and they would get a lot of redient boxes. It is a progredient service, probably the future of shopping, but I don't have any clairaudient powers to confirm this. ;)
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mickster68 Premium
As long as you don't order any ice cream either. Yes it seems they are trying to move in a lot of that territory and it is only a matter of time before Wal-Mart is going to get aggressive in the online market. That itself kind of makes you wonder how competitive things may get.
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DNTL Premium
Good point, can't wait to see that fight for a bigger piece of the pie! Amazon vs Walmart, I'm not sure who to put my money on yet. ;)
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Maricel Premium
It seems like its headed that way. I guess for some people it really is about the convenience. And I totally get that. Now with me I have to admit I still love getting up early Sunday mornings to head to Whole Foods Market. Its my weekly routine. So the lovely thing about this for me is hopefully more parking space upfront the store;) no more race for parking space game?
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DNTL Premium
Hahaha, I like how you see the good for you in this trend! That's a nice routine you got there, some people do love to get out there, go to malls, superstores, etc...This is much like people who like books/now there is Kindle, people who like listening to vinyls/now there are Itunes downloads. I just wish some things will remain in the ''real'' world, not digital.
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Maricel Premium
Yup! I agree with you on that! Some things are meant for the "real" feeling. Cannot be duplicated! But during Xmas rush shopping ok thats when it comes handy right? Absolutely I love to feel the matte smooth texture of book on my fingertip as I'm reading. There's just something about it. Its like bootlegging a movie that just came out in the theaters. Even if you watch it at home its still not the same " movie" experience. And the popcorn with triple loads of butter. Irreplaceable !!!
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DNTL Premium
Lol, right on Maricel, you're hilarious!
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JimK99 Premium
Yes Amazon has hurt stores on Main Street USA big time.
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DNTL Premium
They have so much power, it's a tough fight to win, even with the loyalty of their customers. Most times, the bargain will win over your own principles.
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Sui_generis Premium
Convenience for the aging baby boomers? I know my mother in law shops for grocery items online so that she doesn't have to get out in the snow at her age. I think we'll see a lot of this. Good question about the commission.....I don't see why we shouldn't get it.
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DNTL Premium
That's true, some grocers do already have an online shopping service. If I look at my own shopping ways, I buy more online than I do in stores, mainly for time saving and lack of car.
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DNave Premium
Thanks for the post. This is interesting. Since we had a retail business that is going under because of the convenience of "big box" stores, it's sad to see this happen. But on the other hand, as a working mom trying to run a household, the convenience of this sounds great. I think they call it a double edged sword.
Dawn
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DNTL Premium
That's what it's called alright, I'm with you on this one. The same thing happens with dollar stores. Your conscience tells you it is better to buy local, not to buy items made in China, yet your wallet/budget is more than happy of the break it gets when you do.
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caylynn Premium
As an Amazon prime member get 20% off with scheduled monthly same item delivery and lots of perks too.

Get fresh produce, organic dry pantry, specialty and bulk at a lesser cost than local.

Was paying someone when I couldn't shop, the delivery to my door nixed that. Use by the disabled and older adults has increased each year.

The yearly fee more than pays with free shipping, reduced cost, fuel cost savings, and the time it takes to shop. No more plastic bags of stuff just thrown in. Everything comes in neat itemized boxes and green thermal bags.

Great for the winter months, but will use less during the spring and summer, the local organic farm fresh Farmer's Market opened.

Have applied separately for my cooking site, so hopefully yes on the commissions. ^_~
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DNTL Premium
Thanks for your input! I'm happy to hear from someone who has used the service. You bring up a lot of convenient uses. I hope you get good (and fast paid!) commissions! :)
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Lairel Premium
I've never seen a 20% discount off of scheduled deliveries with prime membership and didn't hear about it while working there, I know that subscriptions used to come with up to 20% discounts but now they start at 5% and if you sign up for five you can get up to 15% if all five are delivered at the same time. Amazon prime benefits are free two day shipping, discounts on one day, same day local, and Saturday delivery. Kindle lending library and Amazon instant video streaming library access are benefits as well
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Karyskis Premium
Wow, this is good to know, caylynn!
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KatieMac Premium
lol that is wishful thinking commission .. good post thanks for sharing
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DNTL Premium
Thanks! Haha, for sure. I'm not an affiliate, so I am not holding my breath for comissions. ;p
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Gordi Premium
I wouldn't be too crazy about buying produce online, for obvious reason: freshness. Chances are, Amazon would be charging way more than $5.99 for Canada delliveries.
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DNTL Premium
That's for sure, haha, but so far, no service in Canada. For produce, they have the Amazon Fresh service in some states as Lairel mentioned below.
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David Cocas Premium
Well, i saw some strange things on FNAC too, in Lisbon Shop. Will they sell grocery too, lol? :)
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DNTL Premium
Hahaha, I know Fnac. Groceries? Who knows, it could happen! ;)
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David Cocas Premium
Well, for now, it started selling Kitchen material..like .pots..etc..
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DNTL Premium
Oh that's a start! I only know fnac as a music store, never bought pots and pans, lol.
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Bill67 Premium
Interesting
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DNTL Premium
Right, I am curious to see how successful it will be. ?.
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thriver Premium
Very interesting but not for me. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would use the service.
Pam
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DNTL Premium
Same here, yet I wonder if this is where we are heading and will we have to follow the trend in the end.
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Funmine Premium
You know how you budget just 15 minutes to go in and out of a store just to pick 1 or 2 items and you hit a brick wall because the isles have been rearranged since the last time you were there. You either end up spending an additional 10 minutes looking for your item(s) or you storm out of the store in anger. This new Amazon gig will be a welcome relief.

In inclement weather conditions when the roads are treacherous, Amazon to the rescue again.

Ade
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DNTL Premium
Haha, Amazon to the rescue, true in these conditions. Thanks for your input.
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Trialynn Premium
In a home where both parents work, it sure sounds good to have everything delivered!
In a "real world" sense, it is very sad to see all the mom and pop stores going away.
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DNTL Premium
Well said, I have mixed feelings too. For now, the temptation is not there since this service is not available in Canada. I will remain loyal to my local grocer! :)
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Pro2100 Premium
This is going to stir up the retail pot over there in the states.
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DNTL Premium
Absolutely, I remember the Walmart take over, not pretty. This Amazon move will definitely bring up a few heated arguments.
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Pro2100 Premium
I think the big winner out of this move will be the ad companies.
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DNTL Premium
Good point! :) I hadn't thought about that.
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Damien Lane Premium
They're a behemoth all right G, they ignore us in Australia pretty much - I can't even buy a book from them. We must be too small a market to bother with - though, I'm sure they'll make it Downunder eventually.
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DNTL Premium
Oh, I'm surprised, I did not know they snubbed Australia. I'm with you on this prediction though, I smell a world takeover sooner or later. Enjoy the simplicity of local shopping before Amazon hits the waves on your side of the world!
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TerryAsh Premium
Its much easier & quicker to go to the store or Wally-World here in Alaska. The USPS has slowed deliveries down because they're budgets are running low. We are the 49th state in the US & you think they could give us the same service as all the rest. As you can tell, I won't be purchasing groceries from Amazon.
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DNTL Premium
Yeah, that was clear, lol! :) I'm thinking you also have to plan ahead or only buy staples. I live 5 minutes from the store, so I can't say I'd use it either.
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Lairel Premium
I have worked for Amazon.com before, in Washington. If you live in Seattle they have a service called Amazon Fresh, you can have your groceries delivered even down to fresh baked bread from local gourmet bakeries! Just imagine if they were to expand on that service, Amazon would truly rule the world! I love amazon
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DNTL Premium
Wow, that's even better, fresh baked bread, humm! One lazy and hungry customer at a time, they are taking over. ;)
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DNTL Premium
Is this service seeing some growth?
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sandiccc Premium
Wow, just Wow. This would be wonderful if only it were in Australia! LOL
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DNTL Premium
I don't have access to this service either, but thinking if it's an incredible success, who knows they could branch out and have warehouses in different countries!
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Sherion Premium
Thanks so much for this post.
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DNTL Premium
Thanks for stopping by!
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softwind Premium
Interesting! What will our lives be like within the next decade????
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DNTL Premium
I'm thinking glued to screens! ;p Yikes!
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gusti Premium
Hi Genevieve, I'm afraid you must add 'getting obese with our face glued to screens! Double yikes!!
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DNTL Premium
Lol! Oh noooo, I'm getting off this chair right now, away from the screen. Best start working out. ;)
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gusti Premium
yeaaahh, meee twooo..
but hey, look for the silver line, it means more affiliate links available for us the IMers, right? Plus we help the glue factory keep their employees since we need more glue? he.he.he..
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warrenendes Premium
Just another affiliate opportunity 8)
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DNTL Premium
I haven't found any affiliate info yet, but it'll probably come, they will need all the marketing they can get. Hopefully it'll be of interest $.
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GatorGal747 Premium
Wowee, move over Walmart. The sprawling giant is coming to YOUR town. Will be interesting to see where this goes...and if they'll be doing any blowout sales to get it going. If you get more info on this, please post it.

Thanks for posting....good to keep up with real stuff going on outside of this computer.

Suz
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DNTL Premium
Thanks for the read! I am curious, I'll keep posted on this, it's an interesting window to the future of retail. Haha, it's outside, yet still online! ;)
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GatorGal747 Premium
Well, thanks for the response....yes, this will be interesting to watch it all unfold. Back to the tiny dungeon with the small window of light....lol

Suz
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