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Amazon Prime members will soon be able to order warehouse items from the new Pantry service

Amazon already delivers everything from books to clothes to electronics, and even digital services like video streaming -- so why not your groceries, too?

According to USA Today, Amazon is launching a new service called "Pantry," which will target warehouse club members who typically shop at stores like Costco and Sam's Club. 

At launch, Pantry will offer around 2,000 products like kitchen paper rolls, canned food, pet food, cleaning supplies and grocery/beverage items. Amazon Prime members will then be able to put as many of these items into a box as they can fit (but only up to a certain weight limit). 

If their items fit and don't run over the maximum weight, Amazon will ship it for a small fee. 

This could be a big deal for Amazon, since the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market is worth about $850 billion a year in the U.S. Amazon's typical online shoppers fall into the same demographic as warehouse club members, according to USA Today, so the benefits of launching Pantry could be huge. 

E-commerce companies have tried to get into the packaged goods market for some time now, but have had difficulty with the high cost of shipping online orders. The problem is that many items cost about as much as it would to ship them. 

But Amazon is hoping that its box method with a certain weight limit will increase the revenue per order and cover the shipping costs. 

Pantry is expected to officially launch in 2014. 

Amazon has already proved to make a splash with its online grocery delivery service called "AmazonFresh." It started out in Seattle roughly five years ago, and in July of this year, the company announced that it was expanding the service to other cities. Los Angeles and San Francisco were first on the list with rollouts scheduled this year, and if all goes well, Amazon plans to expand AmazonFresh even further to 20 other cities in 2014 (including some outside of the U.S.).

Source: USA Today

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Why do I not like this at first glance?
By bupkus on 12/13/2013 12:44:07 PM , Rating: 2
Although if there's something I want but not currently at COSTCO...
Perhaps COSTCO will become more responsive to customer requests.

RE: Why do I not like this at first glance?
By Solandri on 12/13/2013 2:00:28 PM , Rating: 4
Costco does a pretty good job having experts in their respective fields evaluate which products to carry. Many times they will even work with the manufacturer to add an option which costs little but adds a lot of value, or eliminate options which cost a lot but add little value (which sucks if you happened to need that option).

e.g. I picked up a leatherman tool at Costco for $25 back in 2005 as an impulse buy. Earlier this year I got it in my head that I've had it for a while, so they've probably come out with better models with more features, so I should replace it. I spent a few hours researching the new leatherman-type tools and... the one I bought from Costco pretty much has all the best features and was half to a third the price of a new one. The main difference was Costco removed the awl (which almost nobody uses), and added tweezers (which have been really handy at times).

Long-term reliability is the only place they fail at, because you can't predict long-term reliability until the product has been out in the market for a while. But that's what their lifetime return policy is for.

Anyway, the point is, Costco doesn't try to carry everything under the sun like Amazon or Walmart does. They try to limit their selection to good products which will appeal to most of their customers. If you're buying something you know nothing about, it's hard to go wrong just buying what's at Costco - they've already weeded out most of the bad or needlessly overpriced products. If you're trying to get more of a niche item, Costco is not the place to get it.

By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 12/13/2013 3:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. I wish they'd carry Kirkland-brand ammo as well. 1000rd of Kirkland brand brass 9mm for $194.77? Yes please!!

By nafhan on 12/13/2013 4:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
Ammo, whatever; I want to live somewhere where I can buy Kirkland Vodka... stupid state liquor laws.

RE: Why do I not like this at first glance?
By Lord 666 on 12/13/2013 8:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
They definitely stepped up their safe selection lately. Ordered a 19b during the summer, but the third party shipping company messed up the delivery so bad, I cancelled.

Maybe they will one day. Put me on the list for .357 Sig and 5.56.

RE: Why do I not like this at first glance?
By headbox on 12/14/2013 4:41:00 AM , Rating: 2
Don't you mean airsoft pellets? Maybe some size XXXL Multicam stretchy pants?

By Lord 666 on 12/15/2013 11:31:00 AM , Rating: 2
Huh? I clearly meant live fire ammo. Even though my state PD has standardized on .357 Sig (my bedside), local retailers are slow to stock. My 5.56 has a preference to a specific frangible round (for indoor use) that is mail order only as well.

What do you use?

By MrBlastman on 12/16/2013 10:14:19 AM , Rating: 2
That'd be great for plinking and target practice. I always reserve the best ammo, however, for "customers."


By xerosleep on 12/13/2013 3:52:23 PM , Rating: 1
I've always found Costco is terrible for carrying what I want. I always end up having to go shopping twice some place else to finish my list. I hate a lot of brands they have too. I don't care much about brand loyalty but if it tastes crappy I don't want it. I feel like I'm always experimenting with some brand I don't want at Costco, so I buy it, it tastes nasty and end up throwing it away.

RE: Why do I not like this at first glance?
By SatchBoogie1 on 12/13/2013 4:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
There is nothing wrong with it when it comes to buying items like paper towels in bulk. Food could be another story...

RE: Why do I not like this at first glance?
By kilkennycat on 12/15/2013 5:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, like use a quarter of their giant 'squares' and throw away the rest. When Costco start making their paper towels with "Pick-a-Size" perforations, then vote me in.....

By Indianapolis on 12/17/2013 1:39:57 AM , Rating: 2
Three cheers for pick-a-size! Hip hip hooray!

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