The novel coronavirus and COVID-19 have sent shockwaves around the world over the last few weeks and months. Millions of people across the globe have been either quarantined or forced to stay home and shelter in place until the pandemic passes, creating a massive new challenge; how to stay safe but still be able to feed your family.
Shelter in Place, Stay Safe and Let Amazon Deliver Your Food and Pantry Items
What Grocery Delivery Services does Amazon Offer?
Amazon offers two different delivery services for food and grocery items: AmazonFresh and Prime Pantry. With AmazonFresh a customer can have fresh groceries and sundry items delivered to their home or office. Prime Pantry offers delivery of non-perishable grocery and sundry items, making it quite a bit different since you can’t purchase, say, fresh vegetables or fresh fish using the service. Both are considered ‘add-ons’ to an Amazon Prime subscription membership.
What are the Main Price Differences Between AmazonFresh and Prime Pantry?
As we mentioned, if you want to get fresh groceries like vegetables, fruit, fish, meat and so forth, food that can ‘go bad’ and thus needs to be refrigerated, AmazonFresh is likely your best choice. If you want food that is not perishable, like a box of cereal, a bar of soap or a bottle of olive oil, Prime Pantry is probably the better choice. After doing some research we found that frankly, there aren’t a lot of differences between the two options, but there are a few that are notable.
The specific Amazon Prime subscription prices are as follows:
Standard Amazon Prime Subscription*
$119.00 per year if paid in full at the start of the year (on 23/03/2020).
$12.99 per month and thus $155.88 per year when paid monthly (on 23/03/2020)
Student Amazon Prime Subscription*
$59.00 per year if paid in full at the start of the year (on 23/03/2020)
$6.49 per month and thus $77.88 per year when paid monthly (on 23/03/2020)
Medicaid and EBT Amazon Prime Subscription*
$5.99 per month and thus $71.88 per year when paid monthly (on 23/03/2020)
(Medicaid and EBT users can only pay monthly and can only use Amazon Prime for up to 4 years)
What are the Differences in Delivery Cost between Prime Pantry and Amazon Fresh?
With AmazonFresh, you’re getting what basically amounts to a digital grocery store. You can order, for example, fresh products like carrots, fish, ground beef or oranges from local stores using AmazonFresh, including Whole Foods which is now owned by Amazon. You can also get non-food items like soap, paper towels, the suddenly valuable toilet paper and more. All of these items will then be delivered next-day, right to your door, which makes social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic a lot easier.
If you choose to use Prime Pantry there is no extra cost per month, but you can’t get fresh produce. What you can get are pantry items that are ‘shelf-stable’ (which means they don’t need to be refrigerated) and other household products. The big benefit to Prime Pantry is that you can get everything you order in regular, everyday packaging. For example, a single bar of soap, a protein bar or a can of Planters peanuts. Normally these things would be too inexpensive to qualify for free shipping on their own.
You can also get bulk items with Prime Pantry which is a boon for seniors and anyone not able to lift, for example, an entire case of pickles. Again, this is a free service for Amazon Prime members although you need to meet their $35.00* minimum to get free shipping. Additionally, you can opt to pay $4.99* a month extra and the minimum for any order will fall to $10.00* and over to get free delivery.
Amazon Fresh (on 23/03/2020)*
• Orders under $35.00 to $50.00 = $9.99 for delivery (shipping)
• $35.00 to $50.00 (or over) per order = $0.00 delivery
• The $35.00 or $50.00 depends on your area
Prime Pantry (on 23/03/2020)*
• No extra cost per month if you’re a Prime member
• Orders under $35.00 = $5.99 for delivery (shipping)
• $35.00 (or over) per order = $0.00 delivery
• The option of Paying $4.99 / month for $10.00 minimum to get free shipping
BONUS – If you’re ready to try one of both services here’s something to keep in mind: AmazonFresh has a 30-day free trial. That means you could get both services for 30 days, try them out in tandem and not pay anything extra to Amazon, at least not for the first 30 days.
AmazonFresh QUICK LOOK GUIDE
• What can be purchased? Perishable groceries, products, sundry items like soap, and also items from local stores and restaurants.
• What is Cost per Month? $14.99* with a Prime Membership.
• What is the Delivery Fee? $9.99* but, if you order over $35.00 or $50.00* (it’s area dependent) shipping is automatically free.
• What are the Delivery Options? Delivery to your front door with both attended and unattended options. Also, pick up in-store, which is free.
Prime Pantry QUICK LOOK GUIDE
• What can be purchased? Any type of non-perishable household or pantry items including cleaning supplies, soap, etc. Also, you can buy in single-size containers or in bulk.
• What is the Cost per Month? Free with a Prime Membership or $4.99* if you want to drop the minimum order to $10.00* for free shipping.
• What is the Delivery Fee? $5.99* but, if you order over $35.00* shipping is automatically free. Or pay $4.99* per month to drop the minimum to $10.00* for free shipping.
• What are the Delivery Options? Ground shipping is usually used which can take anywhere from one to four days.
What are the Main Benefits of AmazonFresh?
What are the Main Benefits of Prime Pantry?
To all of our friends and family and anyone who is reading this article, we wish all the best. Stay safe, wash your hands, practice social distancing where possible and be well. We will all get through this together.
* All prices here are current on 23/03/2020 and can be changed. Check on Amazon.