Amazon’s Latest Brand Extension Puts Groceries Straight to the Trunk of Your Car
Amazon has been practicing brand extensions since they expanded their inventory from books a decade ago. Never failing to create unique strategies to retain and grow their customer base, Amazon has recently announced its entrance into the e-grocery world. The launch of AmazonFresh Pickup, lets customers place their grocery order online, drive to an AmazonFresh location, and have someone place the order straight into their trunk. Amazon claims that orders can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. According to the company, AmazonFresh Pickup gives consumers thousands of options to choose from, ranging from basic everyday items, such as bread, milk, and toilet paper to expensive, top-choice cuts of meat.
AmazonFresh will be free for Amazon Prime members once testing is complete, but currently, the beta launch is currently only available for employees in the Seattle area. Last December, Amazon announced a similar brick-and-mortar store idea called AmazonGo, which would give customers the ability to enter the store, grab desired items, and leave without having to interact with a cashier, as items will be scanned automatically and then charged to their respective account via an app. However, Amazon has yet to unveil this idea to the public.
Amazon has been toying with numerous ways of reinventing traditional grocery shopping habits, and AmazonFresh is the newest example of the company’s innovative strategies. Trends are suggesting that physical grocery stores are becoming replaced by e-grocery marketplaces , such as those soon offered by Amazon. Similar to banks and electronic retailers, grocery shopping is becoming an amalgamation of physical and online entities. Walmart is another company getting in on the online grocery store market, as they recently announced an online shopping and in-store pickup option similar to that offered by AmazonFresh. While it has yet to be determined who will run the e-grocery sector, it is certain that online grocery stores will shift consumer habits away from brick-and-mortar stores.