Amazon is removing or reducing cafes at local Whole Foods, including the one in Wynnewood, to create more room for a delivery storage area, writes Inga Saffron for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The e-commerce giant is already promising to deliver groceries to its Prime members within two hours and is now preparing for what most agree will be a significant shift toward ordering food online by 2025.
Initially, people resisted buying groceries online because they still want to inspect and select their own food, especially perishables. However, the comfort level has been increasing, especially with supermarkets reducing their delivery times.
Thanks to this, analysts predict that online orders of groceries will grow from five percent today to 20 percent in 2025.
It may even be that most supermarkets in the future will become hybrids – part retail, part distribution centers. Some of the smaller local Whole Foods may even become distribution only centers.
At present most customers still go to the supermarket, however it is becoming clear that the aisles are now becoming packed with pickers gathering online orders, which is driving people away from stores.
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