The Amazon Pantry program officially ended on Wednesday, after more than six years of operation. If you were used to using this service, can you still order the products you need?
According to Thrillist, the Amazon Pantry delivery service has been dissolved this week and the move will presumably allow the e-commerce giant to focus more on its newer grocery ventures.
The service that was launched as Prime Pantry was created in 2014 to offer consumers a more affordable way to have household and pantry items delivered.
The flat shipping fee for a box that could hold 45 pounds of nonperishable household essentials was $5.99, and in 2018, Amazon turned Prime Pantry into a voluntary subscription service that charged $5 per month for free shipping on unlimited deliveries.
In March 2020, Prime Pantry temporarily interrupted the service due to an increase in demand, sparked by nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns, that the company could not meet.
But don’t worry, Amazon Pantry products still exist!
The company now steers customers toward Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods, both of which deliver household items in addition to fresh groceries and there is also a section of Amazon's main retail site titled "Pantry Staples".
“As part of our commitment to delivering the best possible customer experience, we have decided to transfer Amazon Pantry selection to the main Amazon.com store so customers can get everyday household products faster, without an extra subscription or purchase requirement,” an Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg.
Amazon bought an entire grocery store chain in 2017 and, in addition, putting its stamp on Whole Foods, the company has built its own high-tech supermarkets that we may be seeing more of in years to come.