A Wall Street Journal report claimed that Amazon hopes to open convenience stores where you’d buy meat, veggies and “other perishable items” that you take home like you would from any brick-and-mortar store.
The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying Amazon will open real world shops to augment its Fresh subscription service that lets members order groceries for delivery.
Seattle-based Amazon intends to open small stores stocked with perishable items, and where shoppers can use smartphones or perhaps touchscreen stations to order longer lasting items such as canned goods for same-day delivery, according to the Journal.
Amazon will add drive-up locations where grocery orders will be brought to cars, and is working on technology to automatically read license plates to speed the process, the Journal reported.
According to a report in theverge.com: The grocery stores — which the company has been rumored to be working on for over a year —would be an expansion of Amazon’s existing Fresh grocery delivery service.
The stores would be exclusive to Fresh customers, which is available for Prime members in select cities at a monthly fee of $15 on top of the annual $99 Prime cost.
In addition the the actual grocery stores, Amazon is also reportedly planning drive-in curbside locations where Amazon Fresh customers can pick up their online deliveries.