Starting tomorrow Amazon will begin a series of Whole Foods price cuts. According to Amazon, the price cuts will help customers save an average of 20 percent on their grocery bill. The main focus of the pricing changes will be in the produce department.
What the Whole Foods Price Cuts Mean
Since acquiring Whole Foods in July 2017, Amazon has hoped to convert more Prime members into Whole Foods shoppers. The last major price cut the grocer made was in November 2017. However, it has been offering perks to Prime customers. For instance, Amazon Prime members can get an extra 10 percent off discounted items.
The latest string of price cuts is an effort to continue building the Prime-Whole Foods partnership. With time, the more in-store experiences are able to go hand-in-hand with Prime, the more the companies will be able to better target its audience.
Additionally, the company plans to offer more discounted prices on seasonal produce. CEO John Mackey said these are just the first of many price cuts customers can expect to see.
How Amazon and Whole Foods Are Working Together
The grocer also plans to continue building on its offers for Prime members, including exclusive deals. Whole Foods is also making changes to drive online sales up. In April, it plans to offer $10 off a $20 purchase when they try Prime online (free for 30 days).
Amazon Prime members will also qualify for two-hour delivery at Whole Foods. If you’d prefer to pick it up, some locations allow for pick-up within 30 minutes of placing your order. Not to mention, you can use Alexa to view the latest Whole Foods price cuts and add items to your cart.
Is Shopping Online For Groceries The Way to Go?
Whole Foods is quite a bit more expensive than, say, Aldi. However, Amazon and Whole Foods are offering plenty of deals to make the switch worth it.
“When Whole Foods Market joined the Amazon family, we set out to make healthy and organic food more accessible. Over the last year, we’ve been working together tirelessly to pass on savings to customers,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer. “Every time a customer walks into a Whole Foods Market, they expect and trust industry-leading quality standards across aisles. And now they will experience that same Whole Foods Market quality with even more savings across departments.”
Pricing Changes and Deals
Starting tomorrow through the end of April, Whole Foods customers who try Prime will get $10 off a purchase of $20 or more in-store. You can try Prime for free for 30 days, meaning you get a free $10 worth of groceries just for signing up. See the full details on Amazon.
Here are a few other exclusive deals and perks being offered by the two companies.
- Amazon Prime members who shop at Whole Foods receive an extra 10 percent off select items in-store.
- Prime members receive up to 20 exclusive weekly deals at Whole Foods.
- Through Prime Now, you can get two-hour delivery on groceries from Whole Foods. This is available in 60 cities in the U.S. with more to come this year. Two-hour delivery is free if you spend $35 or more.
- Pickup is available for Prime members as well (in as little as 30 minutes).
- You can pick up more than just groceries at Whole Foods too! Some grocers are equipped with Amazon Lockers which allow Prime members to ship items directly to the local store for pick up. Members can also send returns through their local Whole Foods.
- Shopping is a little easier for Prime members too. You can learn about weekly deals and add items to your cart with Alexa.
- Last, but not least, Amazon Rewards Visa cardmembers with eligible Prime membership get 5 percent cash back at Whole Foods. Cardmembers without an eligible membership get 3 percent back.
All in all, any time you make a change to something that may impact your finances, you need to do your research. Be sure to compare prices and take a good look at your budget before switching grocers or providers for anything.
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