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The company hopes to expand grocery delivery to 20 urban areas by 2014

Since 2007 Amazon has been delivering local produce and meats to Seattle residents, thanks to the testing of AmazonFresh (their version of FreshDirect, it seems).

Now, however, Los Angelenos and San Franciscans might be able to get their broccoli delivered with their books and DVDs (or Blue-Rays). Reuters reports that Amazon is planning to expand AmazonFresh, bringing the grocery delivery service to Los Angeles as early as this week.

According to unnamed sources, Los Angeles may launch this week, followed by San Francisco and the Bay Area later in 2013.

If those two expansions go smoothly, the company is looking to bring AmazonFresh to 20 other "urban areas" by the end of 2014, including internationally. Other experts say Amazon is hoping to expand to as many as 40 markets.

Of course, Amazon has often delivered packaged foods to customers, including in one instance, whale meat in Japan. AmazonFresh, however, delivers meat, dairy, and other fresh and frozen foods, and their Seattle website boasts ingredients from local purveyors. And of course, if all this comes to fruition, Amazon will have an edge over other produce retailers like FreshDirect, as customers will be able to buy cookbooks, plus all the necessary ingredients, with one checkout.


Amazon now offers Key in-garage grocery deliveries in 5,000 cities and towns

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Amazon is making its in-garage deliveries available in all areas where it provides grocery deliveries. The online retailer announced today that it's expanding the Key by Amazon option to more than 5,000 US cities and towns. Until now, grocery deliveries have been limited to Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle as part of a pilot program.

Formerly known as Amazon Key, the Prime membership perk allows couriers to enter homes or garages equipped with compatible locks and cameras to drop off parcels. Amazon launched the service in 2017 to solve porch piracy and offer an extra layer of convenience for customers who couldn't be home to receive a delivery. Since its introduction, Amazon has added Key support for in-car deliveries and brought the service to businesses.

The latest expansion allows Prime members to get their Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods orders delivered inside their garages. You'll need a myQ smart garage door opener, which Amazon sells, and the accompanying app to let the courier in. And, for added security, you can also view videos of your delivery using an Amazon-owned Ring smart home camera or Liftmaster Smart Garage camera.


Amazon expands its in-garage delivery to 4,000 cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York

Amazon is making its in-garage delivery an option for more people. The company announced today that it’s expanding its Key by Amazon In-Garage Delivery service to more than 4,000 cities in the US to reach millions of Prime members. The service is coming to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix and Washington, DC, as well as thousands of surrounding areas. You can check to see if your zip code is eligible here.

Along with this announcement, Amazon says it’s also making in-garage grocery delivery available for deliveries coming from Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods. For now, this is only available in certain areas of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

To use these services, you’ll need to have a MyQ-compatible garage door hub or opener from Chamberlain or LiftMaster. If you want to see video of the delivery, you’ll need a smart home camera from Ring or LiftMaster to view your deliveries happening in real time.

Of course, this service, which first launched in 2019, just sweetens Prime subscribers’ deal when they purchase a membership. Amazon has continued to find ways to encourage people to pay for Prime, whether that be by offering access to Prime Video or offering discounts at Whole Foods. The more services it adds, the more it can dominate online shopping and keep people locked into its world.

Correction November 13th, 5:30PM ET: A smart camera is not required to use the delivery service. You can also use a MyQ hub instead of a MyQ garage door opener.


Amazon grocery delivery to your garage? It's coming, Chicago

(Bloomberg) &mdash Amazon.com Inc. is about to see whether shoppers wary of contact with package delivery drivers would rather let them into the garage instead.

The world&rsquos largest online retailer said in a statement Thursday that it was expanding an in-garage delivery program for Prime subscribers to some 4,000 U.S. cities, up from 50 previously.

Amazon launched Amazon Key in late 2017, offering to deliver packages inside the homes of shoppers with smart front door locks by equipping delivery drivers with a one-time code to place packages just inside. The company touted the service as a convenient way to limit theft and launched a companion indoor camera to reassure shoppers. But the offer drew mixed reviews, and Amazon has since shifted the focus to garages, as well as car trunks, a service that was paused during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shoppers need to have the myQ garage door opener control app. Amazon said Thursday it would also start delivering groceries from Whole Foods Market or Amazon Fresh inside customers&rsquo garages. That service will go live first in select areas of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, with more cities planned, the company said.


Amazon is Expanding its Service That Lets Delivery People Drop Off Groceries in Your Garage

Amazon is expanding its service that lets delivery people drop off groceries inside your garage.

The company announced Tuesday that the service is now available for all Prime members where grocery delivery is available, or more than 5,000 cities across the U.S. Until now, some Prime members could get Amazon Fresh orders and Whole Foods deliveries dropped off in their garage, but only if they lived in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle.

The offering is a part of Amazon Key, the company’s array of services that enable delivery drivers to leave packages in garages, homes, cars and businesses.

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How to Use the Key by Amazon In-Garage Grocery Delivery Service

The Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market in-garage order deliveries are available for all Prime members at no additional cost.

However, to make your garage compatible with Key Delivery, you’ll need to install a myQ-connected smart garage door opener. Without this device, the delivery service professional won’t be able to get into your garage to fulfill your order. So, this device is essential to qualify for the Key Delivery service.

If you wish, you can also use a compatible home camera to view a video of the delivery. However, this is not a requirement.


Key by Amazon, In-Garage Grocery Delivery, Goes National

Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Report  on Tuesday said it would expand its Key by Amazon in-garage grocery delivery service across the country, to 5,000 U.S. cities and towns.

Amazon Prime members will now be able to have their Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods groceries delivered securely into their garages at no additional cost, the company said in a statement.

The Seattle tech and online-retail company originally launched the service last November in five cities: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

A customer shops online and selects Key Delivery at checkout. When the order is placed, a shopper fills the order and a delivery-service professional delivers the groceries. Customers must have compatible connected garage-door openers to use the service.

Amazon proceeded with the expansion after new survey data determined that Americans are seeking convenience and time saving with grocery delivery, especially because of the pandemic but also as the dire times recede.

The Morning Consult commissioned survey by Amazon said that nearly 70% of Americans consider grocery delivery beneficial when they do not have time to go to grocery stores.

While 54% of Americans noted convenience as the most important benefit of grocery delivery, more than three-quarters (77%) of them reported saving time as a valuable advantage.

The Key service helps customers save time and "provides peace of mind, knowing that tonight’s dinner is safe in their garage and out of the weather,” Pete Gerstberger, who heads the Key by Amazon service, said in a statement.


Amazon Fresh Expansion

Meanwhile, Amazon is also busy expanding its contactless checkout grocery store, Amazon Fresh.

The 30,000-square-foot Northridge, CA, store is the third Amazon Fresh store location to open its doors and features the Amazon Dash Cart, which enables customers to skip the checkout line through a combination of computer vision algorithms and sensor fusion to identify items put in the cart . The store also offers free same-day delivery and pick-up for Prime members and Alexa features to help customers manage their shopping lists and better navigate the aisles.

In addition to store number three – the first Amazon Fresh opened in Woodland Hills, CA, in August 2020 – the company is currently looking to fill around 1,500 positions at four stores planned for the Illinois communities of Naperville, Bloomingdale, Oak Lawn, and Schaumburg.

The company is also reportedly opening an Amazon Fresh in Woodland Park, NJ, in the old Fairway location. Fairway Market sold the store leases in Paramus , NJ, and Woodland Park to Amazon for a purchase price of $1.5 million earlier this year.


Amazon expands garage delivery to new cities, launches grocery option

Amazon Prime members in more than 4,000 cities across the U.S. can now receive deliveries directly inside their garages, with some eligible for grocery deliveries.

Initially launched for Prime members in 50 U.S. cities in January 2019 as part of the Amazon Key “smart entry” program, Key In-Garage Delivery provides eligible Prime members access to contactless package delivery securely inside their garage. Customers can obtain delivery confirmation using the Key by Amazon app.

To utilize the service, Prime members with a myQ smart garage door opener link their myQ app with Key, and then can select “free in-garage delivery” at checkout on Amazon.com. Packages are securely delivered by a delivery service professional, and customers can view videos of their delivery via a compatible Ring smart home camera with their Ring protect plan, or LiftMaster smart garage camera powered by myQ with a myQ video storage subscription.

In addition to expanding in-garage delivery, Amazon is also launching Key In-Garage Grocery Delivery. Beginning Nov. 12 in five cities, this new service enables eligible Prime members to have their grocery orders from Whole Foods Market or Amazon Fresh delivered securely into their garage. The service will be available in select areas of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle before expanding to other cities in the U.S.

New metro areas where Key In-Garage Delivery is available include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Boston, Atlanta, and Phoenix.

Amazon has been expanding the capabilities and features of Key since introducing the service in October 2017. In April 2018, Amazon added entry and exit video clips, as well as delivery to parked cars. Meanwhile, Walmart has been making deliveries directly to customer fridges since October 2019.


Amazon US Launches Key In-Garage Delivery Service for Groceries

Amazon is expanding its Key In-Garage Delivery service to Prime members in more than 4,000 cities, towns and suburban areas across the US.

Amazon is expanding its Key In-Garage Delivery service to Prime members in more than 4,000 cities, towns and suburban areas across the US, including major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. It is also making in-garage grocery delivery available for deliveries purchased from Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods, but only in certain areas of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle for now.

For Prime members with a Chamberlain Group myQ smart garage door opener, Key In-Garage Delivery allows contactless delivery inside a garage as well as delivery confirmation using the Key by Amazon app. Amazon first launched this service in 50 cities in 2019, although others have already been trialing in-home grocery delivery including Walmart. Walmart for example relies on a smart front door entry system and a real-time live-stream.

While Amazon may view garage delivery as having lower adoption barriers, its relevance unlike in-home delivery will likely extend only to the less densely populated suburbs. However, it’s a further time-saving and convenient benefit for Prime members, coming at a time when Walmart has been actively promoting its own membership program. Most notably, by adding more grocery services to its ecosystem, Amazon is maintaining its challenge to the food retail market with innovation at the center of its efforts.

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