Amazon expands grocery delivery service to more than 5,000 US cities

Only Prime members in a few US cities could get grocery deliveries.

Amazon's service that allows grocery deliveries to be dropped off inside people’s garages will now be available for all Prime members where grocery delivery is available.

Until now, only Prime members who lived in the cities of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle could get Amazon Fresh orders and Whole Foods deliveries dropped off in their garage.

Amazon is now expanding this service to more than 5,000 cities across the US. 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.

Consumers have to buy additional hardware in order to get packages or groceries dropped off inside their house or garage. 

Security measures

In-home delivery requires a smart lock and a camera, while in-garage delivery requires a smart garage door opener. Amazon says these services are available to Prime members to keep their groceries or packages safe from weather, damage and theft. 

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It is expanding its in-garage grocery delivery service as the coronavirus pandemic has led to more consumers ordering food and groceries online. 

The company’s online grocery sales tripled year over year in the second quarter of 2020 and continued to accelerate in the second half of last year.

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