There are many days when it can feel like an inconvenience to pack everything up and head to the grocery store.
You could have had a long day at work and you don’t want to fight the traffic across town.
Or perhaps you just don’t feel like leaving the house on a lazy Sunday.
Whatever your reason, if you don’t want to do your grocery shopping yourself, you no longer have to.
There are several grocery delivery services at your disposal that you can use to have your groceries delivered right to your door.
One of these convenient services is Amazon Prime Now.
With Prime Now, you can have Whole Foods groceries and many other products brought to you without ever having to step out the door.
In this article, we’re going to discuss this service — how it works, its benefits, and how you can start ordering groceries from home.
What Is Amazon Prime Now?
Prime Now is Amazon’s on-demand delivery service that offers free two-hour delivery on many products.
With Amazon Prime Now, you’re able to receive groceries, select Amazon products, and have takeout delivered directly to your location.
When Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market in 2017, it was only a matter of time until it unveiled its direct grocery delivery service.
As part of its overall Prime offerings, Amazon allows you to go online and order all your groceries from Whole Foods without having to step foot in the store.
Prime Now is part of the overall Amazon Prime offerings and isn’t available to everyone.
So who qualifies for the Prime Now service?
Who Qualifies for Amazon Prime Now?
In order to receive Prime Now delivery, you must be an Amazon Prime member.
As an Amazon Prime member, Whole Foods grocery delivery is a small piece of what you have access to.
Amazon Prime is an annual membership that costs $119 for the year or a monthly subscription of $12.99 per month.
Members enjoy benefits like free two-day shipping, unlimited online photo storage, and access to Prime Video movies and TV shows.
You also have access to millions of free songs, books, audiobooks, and other unique offerings like Prime Wardrobe, which allows you to try on clothes before purchasing.
As you can tell, Prime Now and Whole Foods grocery delivery are just some aspects of your Prime membership.
After you add up all of these services, it’s hard not to consider Amazon Prime as your go-to monthly subscription that encompasses all of these services in one.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of being a Prime Now user.
What Are the Benefits of Amazon Prime Now?
Amazon Prime Now makes it easy to get last-minute items delivered straight to you.
Among these items are groceries from Whole Foods and other stores, select Amazon products, local restaurant takeout, and products from select local stores.
You could be in a pinch without time to go to the store and need everyday products like razors, paper towels, or cleaning supplies.
Or you could be planning a big party but forgot to pick up appetizers and snacks.
Or maybe you’d just rather sit at home and let the grocery store come to you.
Luckily, Prime Now can get many of these items delivered to you with one-hour delivery and free two-hour delivery in select cities.
Think of it as Instacart, Postmates, Grubhub, and Prime all rolled into one.
But how much does it cost exactly?
Do you only need to pay for your Amazon Prime membership and that’s it?
How Much Does Prime Now Cost?
To receive Prime Now delivery, you’ll first need to be a Prime member.
This will cost $119 for an annual membership or $12.99 for a monthly subscription.
On top of that, you’ll also pay a delivery fee on orders below $35, orders within a one-hour delivery window, and an optional tip.
While much of the promotional verbiage praises free two-hour delivery, there are caveats.
For one, your order must be over $35 in order to receive this perk.
You also must request deliveries at least two hours in advance.
If you do have to pay a delivery fee, the amount will depend on the day, time, and overall delivery demand.
You should also consider leaving a tip for your Amazon courier.
To give you an idea of how it works, we’ll look at Whole Foods grocery delivery.
How Does Whole Foods Grocery Delivery Work?
Getting Whole Foods groceries delivered right to your door is much easier than you think.
The first step is to head to the Prime Now website.
From there you’ll need to type in your zip code to make sure Prime Now delivers in your area.
Don’t forget that you must be an Amazon Prime member to order groceries through Prime Now.
If you’re not already a member, you can find more Amazon Prime information at this link.
Once you’re on the Prime Now page, you’ll see different product categories to search through and the eligible delivery hours for your current location.
For example, you can see in the screenshot above that you can get Whole Foods delivery between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
As you scroll through all of the available groceries, you can start adding items to your cart.
If you click on certain products, you can see additional details like a product description, product reviews, and ingredients.
If you’d like to add a product, you simply tap the “Add to cart” button and continue shopping.
Prime Now also makes it easy to build your grocery list by organizing products in categories like poultry, fresh produce, and organic food.
Beyond that, there are niche categories like “Meatless meals,” “Quick and easy meals,” and “Weekly specials for Prime.”
You can even use your household Alexa to build your grocery list.
Once you’re all set with your order, you can tap the shopping cart icon in the top right.
From there, you can review your order to make sure you didn’t miss any items.
Lastly, you’ll need to pick your delivery window when you want your items delivered.
If you choose a two-hour delivery and have an order above $35, your delivery will be free.
If you want delivery in under two hours, you’ll be required to pay a delivery fee.
At this point, you can also decide how much you want to tip your courier.
If you’d like, you can also opt for grocery pickup and have your groceries ready to grab at the store on your way home.
Once you complete your checkout, you’ll be notified of the status of your delivery via email or through the Prime Now app.
Once your order arrives, you’ll receive a notification to meet your courier at the door.
The only thing left to do is unload your groceries and carry on with your day.
Amazon Prime Now FAQ
If you still have questions regarding Amazon Prime Now and Whole Foods grocery delivery, take a look below at some common questions that customers have.
1. Who delivers my order?
Independent contractors that work for Amazon are picking up and delivering your groceries.
All couriers undergo a background check and are routinely screened for your safety.
If you’re ever interested in making money on the side, then check out our guide to being an Amazon Flex driver.
2. Where is Amazon Prime Now available?
Amazon Prime Now is popping up in more and more cities every single month, including San Diego, Chicago, New York, and many more.
In order to see if it’s available in your city, head to this page to type in your zip code at the top of the screen or scroll through the list of available cities.
3. What can you buy on Prime Now?
Prime Now allows you to buy select staples straight from Amazon.
You won’t be able to buy everything that you’d typically get from Amazon.
However, many household products and smaller goods are available.
You can also get your groceries from Whole Foods and through restaurant delivery with Amazon Restaurants.
Amazon Whole Foods Delivery at Your Door
With Amazon Prime Now, food delivery is incredibly easy and affordable.
If you’re already an Amazon Prime member — which we’re guessing many of you are — then you should definitely think about taking advantage of this added perk.
If you have a Whole Foods store near you, head to www.primenow.com and start building your grocery list.
It wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot since you’ll have access to free two-hour delivery on orders of $35 or more.