Amazon Launches Instant Pickup Service

Amazon is launching an Instant Pickup service at select locations, offering Prime and Prime Student members a curated selection of daily essentials available for pickup in two minutes or less.

The free instant pickup service is being introduced in five of Amazon’s fully staffed pickup locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Berkeley, CA, Columbus, OH, and College Park, MD.

With Instant Pickup, Prime and Prime Student members can use the Amazon app to shop hundreds of “need it now” items such as food, cold drinks, personal care items, technology essentials and Amazon devices. Prime members can browse the selection, place an order, add last-minute items to an online order and pick it up from a self-service locker, all within two minutes or less, according to the retailer.

Instant Pickup will be available at more locations in the coming months. Amazon operates a total of 22 staffed pickup locations on or near college campuses across the country. All Amazon customers can ship their orders to a pickup location, and Prime members receive free same-day and one-day delivery.

“Instant Pickup is another way Amazon is making life more convenient for Prime members,” said Ripley MacDonald, director, student programs, 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.”