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·         Amazon launches Key In-Garage Grocery Delivery service

·         Amazon, Walmart see online grocery shopping with food stamps surge amid coronavirus, reports say



Amazon launches Key In-Garage Grocery Delivery service

Third Amazon Fresh supermarket opens in Northridge, Calif.


Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Nov 12, 2020


Amazon is expanding its contactless Key In-Garage Delivery service to more than 4,000 U.S. cities and adding grocery to the mix.


The e-tail giant said Thursday that Amazon Key In-Garage Grocery Delivery has launched in selected areas of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Through the new service, Prime members can opt to have their Whole Foods Market or Amazon Fresh online grocery delivery orders placed inside their garage. Plans call for the program to expanded to other cities.


First launched in 50 cities in April 2019, Key In-Garage Delivery enables Prime members with a Chamberlain Group myQ smart garage door opener to receive packages in their garage. After linking their myQ app with Key, customers click on “Free In-Garage Delivery” at checkout on Packages are brought by a delivery service professional, and customers can use the Key by Amazon app or Amazon mobile shopping app to get an alert when their package is delivered. The also can view videos of the delivery by using a compatible Ring smart home camera with their Ring Protect Plan or a LiftMaster Smart Garage Camera powered by myQ with a myQ Video Storage Subscription, Amazon said.


New cities where Prime members can use Key In-Garage Delivery include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., as well as metropolitan communities such as Astoria, N.Y.; Valencia, Calif.; Oswego, Ill.; Elverson, Pa.; Farmersville and Magnolia, Texas; Frederick, Md.; Salisbury, Mass.; Peachtree City, Ga.; and Casa Grande, Ariz.


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Amazon, Walmart see online grocery shopping with food stamps surge amid coronavirus, reports say


Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY

Nov 12, 2020


Shopping for groceries online for delivery or curbside pickup has grown in popularity amid the coronavirus pandemic with many shoppers looking to make fewer trips to stores.


And using Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly referred to as food stamps, to pay for online grocery trips has been surging.


According to Bloomberg, more than 1 million U.S. households bought groceries online in September using SNAP benefits with the majority of those shoppers turning to Amazon and Walmart, which in most states are the only retailers to take part in the Department of Agriculture's online shopping pilot.


The USDA says that the online pilot is in 46 states and Washington D.C.  Alaska, Lousiana, Maine and Montana are the states not included in the pilot, according to the agency's website.


According to the USDA, only eligible food may be purchased with SNAP benefits and "delivery fees and other associated charges may not be paid for with SNAP benefits."


On Amazon's SNAP page, the online shopping giant says it now accepts SNAP EBT in all states except Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine and Montana.


In September, Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market opening its first permanent online-only store in Brooklyn, New York, to fulfill orders for grocery delivery.


Like other retailers' online-only stores, also known as dark stores, the Whole Foods store is not open to the public. It was being planned for before the pandemic, Nicole Wescoe, Whole Foods president for the Northeast region, previously told USA TODAY...


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