FYI: You Can Buy Whole Foods Items on Amazon

Skip the grocery lines in favor of convenience.

 Whole Foods Amazon prime pantry delivery
Photography by PHUONG NGUYEN

Amazon Prime, alternatively known as a procrastinating shopper’s best friend, already has numerous benefits. Pretty much anything, from live plants to the latest technology, can be on your doorstep in a mere two days—plus, the upcoming virtual fitting room “Prime Wardrobe” service is definitely going to be a game changer for fashionistas everywhere. But one aspect of the program may be Prime’s most useful feature yet, as it deals with a category literally everyone needs to survive: groceries. Amazon is offering free delivery on a slew of food via Prime Pantry. And yes, that includes Whole Foods goodies.

For the unindoctrinated, Prime Pantry is Amazon’s answer to the online grocery delivery trend. When you sign up for a yearly Prime membership (which costs $99) you have access to this cool program, which allows you to virtually fill up a box with your groceries and have it delivered to your doorstep. Technically, as with the rest of Prime programs, delivery is only supposed to take two days—but a caveat printed on the site states that your pantry box could take up to four business days to arrive.

That said, for those who don’t have the time to wait in line at IRL supermarkets, it’s a great idea. And now with more of our favorite Whole Foods products added, there’s even less of a gap in quality between the online selection and what you find in person. While technically, Whole Foods products have been available on Amazon since late August 2017, there is now an even greater selection available to choose from. 

Here’s how it works: Eligible items will have a little “Prime Pantry” tag next to them, along with a percentage of the delivery box it will take up. For example, Amazon lets you know that a can of Whole Foods 365 crushed pineapple uses up 3.4 percent of a Prime Pantry box, so you can plan your shopping list accordingly. Once the box is full (though it doesn’t have to be at 100 percent), simply pay the $5.99 flat delivery fee, and your products will be on their way to your home.

There are ways to save, too. Amazon offers weekly deals and exclusive coupons to Prime Pantry shoppers, along with $6 off your final purchase when you buy five items. “Whole Paycheck” no more, ladies and gents.

This isn’t the only way to get your Whole Foods favorites via Amazon, though it may be the most efficient. If your zip code qualifies for “Prime Now” (Amazon’s two-hour delivery service for Prime members), you could shop select Whole Foods 365 items and get your order even faster. Though the selection offered for this program is admittedly smaller, and geography unfortunately excludes some people, it’s another example of how Amazon is making its way into the food consumer industry, too.

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Published on January 10, 2018 - 5:00pm EST

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