Amazon Fresh offers three options:
- Home delivery at a time you choose (free for orders of $50 and over - not yet available to most addresses)
- Pre-dawn delivery (free for orders of $25 and over) - you order by midnight and it's on your doorstep by 6:30. This is the option I like the sound of best.
- Grocery pickup: They have a pickup location in Kirkland (Central Way), and on Main Street in Bellevue.
I've used the pickup system three times now. Here's how it works.
- You sign into Amazon Fresh with your Amazon account.
- Do your shopping. A couple of features I like: They will save all the items you've ever ordered in a list. This makes it a lot easier to buy those items you order most. They also let you save an item to your list, without buying it. This is great for reminding me about that rack of lamb I don't need this week, but which would be great for dinners with friends.
- You pick a time. I've ordered up to 10PM and been able to pick up the next day. It looks like you can probably do it up to midnight - which means you can plan tomorrow's dinner and pick it up on the way home from work.
- Drive to their pickup location and park outside.
- A really friendly Amazon worker comes to your car, gets your name, brings out your groceries, and puts them in your car. It takes three minutes, end to end.
But in general - wow.
I love browsing speciality food stores at leisure. I'll spend an afternoon drifting happily through a market. But even the allure of the latest update on Brad&Ange can't make up for the drag of standing in line at the grocery store at 8 PM on a Tuesday night. I figure that between driving and shopping it'll save me at the very least about three hours a week. Once they start delivering to our Zip code (98102! Come on, Amazon!) we'll be saving even more time. And get this: for pickup, there is no minimum. You can schedule a free pickup for a pint of milk. For an apple. Probably for a grape.
Our verdict, here at Domestigeek wing of L'Amourita: Go for it.