Amazon expand into food and groceries

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Amazon have launched an online grocery store in the UK, it’s still in beta but is stocked with everything from Beer, to Sausages and crisps.

Products purchased from Amazon Grocery will benefit from the same shipping options (including free delivery) as the rest of Amazon, although some items will be shipped directly from suppliers.

Amazon already have a range of 22,000 products up for sale from the likes of Pampers, Ariel, Uncle Ben’s, Dolmio, Kraft, Schwartz, Kenco, Carte Noir, Walkers, and Oreo. I’m left slightly disappointed that they don’t appear to sell Marmite and that some of the brands and categories appear weighted towards US tastes rather than leading UK brands and products.

It’s not going to rival the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury and Ocado just yet, but it could well do if it’s successful. Could we one day be popping down to our local Amazon corner shop for our bread and milk? It’s a possibility.

3 Responses

  1. Has anyone else been unable to log on to Amazon’s Seller Central today? I have been trying all day – I keep getting the message that I am not a registered user – and when I go to the help section I get the message that seller central is unavailable

  2. I tried out their US grocery service called Amazon Fresh (fresh.amazon.com) when I was working a contract job in Seattle this past winter (at Amazon, no less 🙂 ). They delivered the items on time and all the products were excellent quality. The fresh veggies actually were fresh. They even carried the stuff into my apartment for me.

    I’ve also bought their non-perishable grocery items many times and found them to be decent values and excellent quality. Their pricing on the Fresh side was a little high, but they had some good bargains on the “Deals” area.

    It would be interesting to see how well this expands and if they can compete with local grocery stores on price and selection. I’d love to see some globalization in the selection, too, so we could have access to things not normally available here. The Fresh option isn’t available here in the East Coast US area (yet), but I often buy some items in bulk that are hard to find in my local stores.

    I heard something about Tesco expanding into the US. Are they not a good place to shop?

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