The Save Mart Cos. has become the latest grocer to tap Amazon for same-day delivery.
Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart said yesterday that Save Mart banner stores in Lathrop and Ceres, Calif., now offer two-hour grocery delivery via Amazon. Plans call for Save Mart to soon launch Amazon delivery at more stores in California’s Central Valley.
To use the service, Save Mart customers who are Amazon Prime members and live in neighborhoods where same-day delivery is offered can shop online with the grocer at Amazon.com/savemart or through the Amazon.com shopping app. Save Mart associates pick and pack the orders at the participating store, and Amazon delivers the groceries to customers using Amazon Flex drivers.
“The Amazon partnership represents The Save Mart Cos.’ ongoing digital transformation to serve our shoppers and fulfill their needs with innovative and affordable solutions,” Tamara Pattison, senior vice president and chief digital officer for The Save Mart Cos., said in a statement. “We are proud of Save Mart’s reputation of exceptional-quality fresh and local produce, meat and seafood, all at low prices the shopper needs more than ever. We are committed to enhancing the personalization of our customers’ shopping experience across all of our stores, including Lucky and FoodMaxx.”
In support of the new grocery delivery service, Save Mart and Amazon are offering first-time customers 15% off orders of more than $50 for a limited time. Delivery starts at $4.99 for Prime members.
Late last month, Ontario, Calif.-based Cardenas Markets unveiled a two-hour delivery service with Amazon at selected stores, with plans for a broader rollout. The partnership indicated that Amazon was bringing back third-party online grocery delivery service.
According to the Amazon spokesperson, the delivery launch with Cardenas marked Amazon’s first U.S. grocery partner delivery offering since the company integrated its Prime Now program into Amazon.com in 2021. Amazon had announced in May 2021 that it planned to retire the seven-year-old Prime Now same-day delivery program and fold the service, including online grocery delivery and pickup, into its mainline website and mobile app.
Save Mart also partners with Instacart for grocery delivery and curbside pickup service. Overall, Save Mart operates more than 200 stores in California and Nevada under the banners Save Mart, Lucky/Lucky California, FoodMaxx and MaxxValue.