Sobering News: AmazonFresh Stops Beer and Wine Delivery

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Many AmazonFresh customers are asking, “Where’s the booze?”

The online retail giant has apparently pulled beer and wine from its AmazonFresh offerings, GeekWire reports.

AmazonFresh, which provides same-day and early morning delivery of thousands of grocery-type items, is available in Seattle, New York metro, Philadelphia, and areas of California. Orders of more than $50 are delivered free.

Very cool, but then recently, the offerings just dried up, so to speak.

AmazonFresh had offered beer and wine delivery, but customers told GeekWire that alcohol disappeared from the site with no warning.

Seattle software engineer Philip Beber said he emailed customer support at AmazonFresh after he noticed that the beer he routinely ordered for his office was gone from the site. He received this response from AmazonFresh:

I’m truly sorry that the beer and wine selections have been removed. Unfortunately we really are not sure if or when the item will become available at this time. I completely understand how inconvenient and frustrating this can be. I will forward this feedback and comments to our business team.

Instacart, another online grocery delivery service, stopped selling alcohol last December, GeekWire noted. Other on-demand alcohol delivery services, including THIRSTIE, Drizly and Saucey, operate in select markets across the United States.

In other booze delivery news, your next alcohol delivery could come by drone, Tech Cocktail reports. Southern Comfort just announced plans to launch a drone delivery program in beta in select cities. Tech Cocktail said:

According to Southern Comfort, it has spent the last four years going through research and development to put the program together. Through SoCo 2Go, consumers can request alcohol delivery to their door using a phone, laptop and tablet. From there, a drone will deliver some Southern Comfort to your door. The company has stated that it will implement a verification process to confirm the alcohol recipient is of the legal age.

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