Instacart, Favor and Postmates made waves last year when they launched their same-day delivery services, but this week, the biggest player in the game stepped to the plate.
Amazon Prime Now is the name of Amazon’s same-day delivery service, through which customers can order from thousands of projects and have their goods delivered in as little as an hour.
When I first saw mention of Amazon launching this service in Austin yesterday, I thought it was only a few hundred everyday products that were available. You know, dog and cat food, toilet paper, cereal, chips, soda, canned green beans.
But when I started digging around the app this afternoon, I realized that Amazon has an entire dry goods section of a grocery store housed in a warehouse up in North Austin. Unlike the traditional Amazon service, you don’t have to order six cans of black beans or a case of Kind bars at a time.
To test out the service, I ordered Premium saltine crackers (let’s be honest, all other brands are lesser saltines), Chex cereal, Hanson’s tonic water, Chex Mix’s new trail mix (I smell an Austin360 Taste Test in the future on that one) and a gift that my coworker needed for her daughter’s school fundraiser.
The tonic water cost $2.15, which is less than what I think I’d pay in the grocery store. The other items cost a tad more than what it seems I’d pay at H-E-B ($3.32 for Chex cereal, $2.50 for saltines, $3.31 for Chex trail mix), but I’ll try to double check the next time I’m in the store.
I paid $7.99 to have it delivered in an hour and followed Amazon’s $5 suggested tip for the courier, whose name is Luis and who should be arriving at the office momentarily.
There is a $15 minimum, which I didn’t quite hit with the food products I ordered, but to be honest, I couldn’t think of any other dry goods that I needed. I’m in need of a trip to the grocery store, but everything on my list is refrigerated.
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!