Amazon plans to open drive-through grocery store in US

E-tail giant Amazon is rumoured to be planning to open a drive-through click & collect facility in the US.

The drive-through will allow customers to order their groceries online and collect them at a scheduled pick-up time from the bricks and mortar facility.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal reported Amazon's first location for its grocery drive-through is likely to be Sunnyvale, where a real estate developer has submitted plans for a 11,600 sq ft building and grocery pickup area. While Amazon is not named on the planning application, industry sources told the website Amazon is most likely to occupy the new building.

The news comes as rumours are heightening that Amazon Fresh will come to the UK in September. The model – which is currently only available in selected US cities – offers customers who pay a yearly fee of $299 same- or next-day delivery on 500,000 items including fresh and frozen foods.

The fulfilment challenge

Finding the most convenient way to fulfil online orders is the question on every digital retailer's lips. And while Amazon has implemented click & collect lockers and is even experimenting with drones, it has not yet offered drive-through collection points.

Drive-through collection points are already being used by a number of UK grocers. Tesco was the first in 2010 and Asda launched its Click & Collect ‘Drive Thru’ in early 2013.