Amazon debuts Instant Pickup service

by Eric Schroeder
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The new service is available to Prime and Prime Student members.
SEATTLE — Amazon on Aug. 15 debuted Instant Pickup, a free service that gives its Prime and Prime Student members the option to pick up items like snacks and cold drinks in two minutes or less at five of the company's fully staffed pickup locations in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; and College Park, Maryland.

“Instant Pickup is another way Amazon is making life more convenient for Prime members,” said Ripley MacDonald, director of student programs with Amazon. “As shopping behaviors continue to evolve, customers consistently tell us that they want items even faster. Whether it’s a snack on-the-go, replacing a lost phone charger in the middle of a hectic day or adding Alexa to your life with an Echo, Instant Pickup saves Prime members time. While Instant Pickup is available at select pickup locations today, we’re excited about bringing this experience to more customers soon.”

With Instant Pickup, Prime and Prime Student members are able to use the Amazon App to shop hundreds of items, including food, cold drinks, personal care items, technology essentials and Amazon devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV and a selection of Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. Prime members can browse the selection, place an order and pick it up from a self-service locker — all within two minutes or less, according to Amazon.

For more information about Instant Pickup, visit

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