Fresh out? Amazon to close Fresh food-delivery service in some areas

Those green, Amazon Fresh grocery delivery trucks that you have probably seen from time to time on area streets may soon be a thing of the past.

Amazon is scaling back its Amazon Fresh service in parts of nine states, according a company spokeswomen cited by the Recode tech blog. The spokeswoman confirmed that Amazon Fresh would soon cease its service in parts of California, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Connecticut. However Amazon will continue to run its Fresh food deliveries in parts of larger cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston.

Amazon eventually confirmed that Amazon Fresh is still servicing San Francisco and other places in the Bay Area such as Daly City, San Mateo, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Oakland, and Hayward.

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Amazon Fresh members pay $14.95 a month, in addition to their $99 annual Amazon Prime subscriptions, for the privilege of ordering fresh food and other groceries online, and having those products delivered on the same day, or next day, depending on when their orders are placed.

The timing of Amazon’s scaling back of its Fresh service is a bit odd, as many analysts have expected Amazon to use its recent $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market to boost its line of deliverable food products and groceries. Amazon officials have said the company intended to build closer ties between Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods and the company’s Prime Now one-hour delivery service.

Photo: An Amazon Fresh delivery package. (Courtesy Amazon/Bay Area News Group Archives)


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