Amazon Prime Pantry: A Great Example of Kitting

Earlier this year, Amazon launched a new program for its Prime members called “Prime Pantry.” The service is like a custom kitting process. Customers are allowed to order as many grocery items that will fit in a 4-cubic-foot box that holds up to 45 lbs. As customers add items to their cart, they are told what percentage of the box is filled. When the order is complete, the box ships for a flat rate of $5.99 (regardless of how full it is). More...

A New Revolution in Ecommerce: Groceries and Same-Day Delivery

A few months ago, Google launched beta testing for an ecommerce service called Google Shopping Express available in the San Francisco Bay area. During the test, selected users can shop online for products from local stores (all under the same interface) which are then delivered that same day. Rumor has it that Google may charge $60-70 for the service when it’s out of testing. More...

AmazonFresh and Grocery Fulfillment

If you thought the ultimate Internet retailer couldn’t get any bigger, think again. Amazon.com recently announced plans to expand its online grocery business. For the past five years, Seattle has been the testing ground for “AmazonFresh,” which delivers fresh produce and groceries to customers’ homes. Now, Amazon plans go beyond Seattle and in to as many as 20 other urban areas in 2014. More...