Do you hate going to the store and interacting with other humans while you buy your deodorant and cereal? You’re in luck: Amazon’s made it easier than ever to have nonperishable groceries and toiletries delivered to your home with its new Prime Pantry offering. The program eliminates the need for buying household items in bulk, for the first time making it financially feasible to have small essentials delivered.
How Prime Pantry Works
Available to Amazon Prime members, Prime Pantry lets users order household essentials from Amazon.com and have them delivered for a flat rate.
Start a Prime Pantry order by adding a Prime Pantry item to your cart. A Prime Pantry box will automatically be started. As you continue to add items like laundry detergent, shampoo, snacks and pet food to your box, Amazon will calculate how much of your box is full based on the size and weight of your items. Once you’ve filled your box or ordered everything you need, have your box shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.
A Ploy to Take Down the Convenience Store?
As you can see from Amazon’s promotional video above, Prime Pantry is geared toward working parents and others who are swamped for time but still charged with running a household. I have a feeling, though, that the program will be more popular among those who prefer the glowing comfort of their computers to sunlight and human interaction: namely computer nerds.
While Prime Pantry can provide you almost everything your local drug store can, if Amazon wants to compete with convenience stores it has one huge hurdle to overcome: time. When you open your pantry to find your fresh out of coffee, or when you turn in at night only to realize you’re out of toothpaste, it’s the drug store you’re going to turn to, not Prime Pantry, to instantly purchase what you need in the moment. This is where Amazon’s futuristic drone delivery service could come into play, if it ever gets off the ground.
Learn more about Amazon Pantry here.
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