Amazon launching free 2-hour delivery of Whole Foods products in 4 cities

Amazon's plan to eventually offer free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores across the country for Prime members has been launched in four cities on Thursday.

The company announced that Amazon Prime members in Cincinnati, Dallas, Austin, Texas, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, can order items like fresh produce, meat, seafood, bakery, dairy, select alcohol and some locally sourced items online through the Prime Now service.

Amazon is now delivering Whole Foods items for free in two hours or less in four cities for Prime members. Elise Amendola / AP

Customers can enter their zip codes into the Prime Now app or in their Amazon accounts to see if they are eligible for the free two-hour delivery.

There is also one-hour delivery available for $7.99 on orders of $35 or more.

Deliveries are available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., which is generally when Whole Foods stores are open.

Amazon, which purchased Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in June, announced last month that it would start home delivery of Whole Foods products.

The company plans to expand the service across the country this year. The orders will be filled right from the aisles of local Whole Foods stores by pickers, and then delivered by Amazon Flex drivers, according to USA Today.

The rollout of the free two-day delivery is the latest integration between Amazon and Whole Foods, which includes Amazon cutting prices on Whole Foods products in August.

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