Amazon Prime Rewards Visa cardholders now get 5% back at Whole Foods

Amazon has announced that cardholders of their Prime Rewards Visa Card will now earn 5% cashback when shopping at Whole Foods. Cardholders still earn 5% at, 2% at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores, and 1% on all other purchases, but now they will also save at Whole Foods if they use their card. For those of you who are not Prime members and have the regular non-Prime Amazon Rewards Visa Card, you’ll now earn 3% back at Whole Foods.

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Amazon now delivers Whole Foods groceries via Prime Now in under 2-hours

Amazon has announced that it will begin delivering Whole Foods products through their 2-hours or less Prime Now service. This is the first major integration between the two companies since Amazon acquired the grocery store chain last year. The speedy grocery delivery service will initially be available in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Virginia Beach. It’ll expand to other cities later this year. Prime members will receive 2-hour delivery for free or can pay $7.99 for 1-hour delivery on orders of $35 or more.

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Amazon Prime Members will receive discounts on turkeys at Whole Foods

When Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market earlier this year, they immediately lowered prices on several common items to attract customers. Now they’re doing it again for common Thanksgiving groceries but are also giving Prime members a sneak peek at the kind of extra discounts they can expect in the future when Prime becomes the official rewards program of Whole Foods Market. Read more ›

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Amazon reduces prices and starts selling Echos at Whole Foods

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True to their word, Amazon has cut prices on specific grocery staples at Whole Foods, which they now officially own as of this morning. Bloomberg logged prices last week and checked again today to find that organic Fuji apples have received the largest price cut, dropping 43% from $3.49 to $1.99 per pound. Other heavily discounted items include bananas, fish, beef, and avocados.

Amazon has also set up a “Farm Fresh” Amazon Echo display at several Whole Foods locations where they’re selling the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot at discounted prices of $99.99 and $44.99 respectively. There’s no need to hunt down one of these displays, however, because the same sale prices are currently available on Amazon’s site.

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Amazon to lower Whole Foods prices when their acquisition becomes final this Monday

Amazon’s acquisition of grocery chain Whole Foods closes this Monday and the retailer has announced they’ll immediately be lowering the prices on a selection of best-selling grocery staples across its stores. Price drops will start with bananas, apples, avocados, kale, lettuce, almond butter, eggs, salmon, tilapia, ground beef, rotisserie chicken, butter, and spread to other products in time. Once integration is complete with Whole Foods’ cash registers, Prime member will be able to enjoy additional special savings and in-store benefits. Whole Foods’ “365” private label products will eventually be available through, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry, and Prime Now. Lastly, Amazon will be adding Amazon Lockers to select Whole Foods stores where customers can have products shipped or send returns back to Amazon during a trip to the store.

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Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

Amazon has announced that it has agreed to acquire Whole Foods Market, the upscale grocery chain best known for its organic foods. Amazon has experimented with physical bookstores, a cashier-less convenience store, and grocery pickup locations, but this is by far their biggest push into offline retail. This acquisition gives Amazon over 460 stores in the United States, Canada and Britain. It should be interesting to see how Amazon incorporates their technological prowess into those stores.

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