The $13.4 billion buyout could lead to big changes in your shopping habits.
Written by Krista Bowen
After the e-commerce giant took the world by storm in 1994, shopping changed forever. With millions of items for sale on their website, you don’t even need to get off the couch to buy everything from leather boots to car parts. With all their online success, it might be a surprise that Amazon is buying up traditional brick-and-mortar stores like Whole Foods.
After launching tryout stores in Seattle like Amazon-Go with automated systems that cut out the checkout lines, Amazon revealed their desire to make it big in the food industry. Amazon already provides the option to buy groceries online, but it hasn’t taken off as anticipated. People still like to check out their produce and meat before making their purchase.
After the buyout, Amazon has physical locations that can change their presence in the booming industry.
What could this mean for you?
Amazon’s physical presence could speed up delivery time and make it easier to return your orders, which could lead to more confidence in online grocery shopping.
The average household goes to the grocery store 1.6 times per week, but that number could drop drastically if Amazon can reach their goals.
Average trips to the grocery store per household in 2016
Imagine standing by your fridge and calling out, “Alexa, put lettuce on my shopping list,” and having it delivered to your door in a couple of days.
This cuts out the need to strap all your kids into the car, drive to the store, and try to remember what your fridge is missing while wrangling your kids in the frozen food section. And with the possibility of deals for Prime members, grocery shopping may never be the same. Whole Foods has four locations in Utah:
- Trolley Square
- Park City
- Cottonwood Heights
Utah will also see a boom in jobs after Amazon announced their new regional fulfillment facility to be built in Utah.