Amazon Fresh Scheduled to Open Thursday in Naperville; Sometime in January 2021 in Schaumburg

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Wheatland Marketplace Naperville (Imagery ©2020 Google, Landsat / Copernicus, Imagery ©2020 Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, Map data ©2020)
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A new Amazon Fresh store is schedule to open Thursday, December 10, 2020 at the Whealand Marketplace at 3116 Illinois Route 59 in Naperville. Amazon Fresh Naperville is scheduled to be open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the first hour limited to customers who are 60 and older, and to those with disabilities or those considered high risk for COVID-19 with complications.

The new Amazon Fresh store is located at the former Dominick’s location at the southeast corner of Route 59 and 95th Street in Naperville.

The new Amazon Fresh grocery store in Naperville will offer a contactless smart cart shopping experience (the Dash Cart), new Alexa features, and free pickup and delivery for Amazon Prime members, according to Amazon.

Just like the origins of the Woodlands Hill, California Amazon Fresh (the very first store), which opened for in-person shopping on September 17, 2020; the Naperville location has been operating as a “dark store” since July 2020, offering online ordering and delivery of Amazon Fresh products. The difference is that on Thursday, December 10, 2020, the Naperville Amazon Fresh will open for curbside pickup and in-person shopping. Online ordering and delivery of Amazon Fresh products will remain available. Each store was open about 5-6 months as a “dark store” before opening doors for in-person shopping.

Amazon introduced the new concept in grocery retail on August 27, 2020, about two weeks before the Woodland Hills, California store opened for in-person shopping. Amazon announced the new grocery store was designed from the ground up to offer a seamless grocery shopping experience, whether customers are shopping in-store or online. “We’ve taken our decades of operations experience to deliver consistently low prices for all, and free same-day delivery for Prime members,” according to Amazon.

Amazon launching smart grocery carts that track shoppers’ items, allows them to skip checkout lines (CNBC report July 14, 2020 before the Woodland Hills California store opened).

Amazon Fresh – The Dash Cart Review in October 2020.

The store concept includes the Amazon Dash Cart, which enables customers to skip the checkout line, and new Alexa features to help customers manage their shopping lists and better navigate our aisles.

According to Amazon, Dash Cart has some convenient features for grocery shopping, including a screen at the top where customers can access their Alexa Shopping List to check items off and view the subtotal. In addition, every cart is equipped with a coupon scanner where customers can quickly apply store coupons while shopping.

The Dash Cart uses a QR Code displayed in the Amazon app that allows convenient sign-in to the cart. The Amazon Dash Cart is designed for small- to medium-sized grocery trips and accommodates two grocery bags. Customers can shop the entire grocery selection available at the Amazon Fresh store and exit through the store’s Amazon Dash Cart lane instead of a traditional checkout lane. When a customer exits through the Amazon Dash Cart lane, the credit card associated with the customer’s Amazon account is charged, and a receipt is emailed to the customer. Alcohol can be purchased, but age-confirming ID check is required if alcohol is in the Dash Cart.

Google | Amazon Fresh Hiring Chicago

In Illinois, Amazon has already announced hiring for Amazon Fresh stores in Illinois in Bloomingdale, Naperville, Oak Lawn, and Schaumburg, but not in Arlington Heights, where an Amazon Fresh store is believed to be in planning stages, and has not been confirmed by Amazon or the Village of Arlington Heights. A store is also possibly planned for Morton Grove.

Amazon announced in October 2020 that the company was hiring 1,500 employees to work at four new Amazon Fresh grocery stores planned for opening in Chicagoland.

The Schaumburg store at Golf and Roselle roads is scheduled to open in January 2021. Except for Naperville and Schaumburg, the scheduled openings for other Illinois stores have not been announced.

There are also Amazon Delivery warehouses in Arlington Heights (DLN3) and Morton Grove (DCHC2)

The Arlington Heights Amazon Delivery warehouse gradually opened in September and October 2020.

There is an Amazon Fulfillment Center (MDW9) located in Naperville.

According to Amazon, sortable fulfillment centers are about 800,000 square feet in size where Amazon employees pick, pack, and ship customer orders such as books, toys, and housewares. Thanks to the innovations of Amazon Robotics, associates often work alongside robots, allowing them to learn new skills and helping create a more efficient process to meet customer demand. Sortable fulfillment centers can employ more than 1,500 full-time associates.

Non-sortable fulfillment centers range in size from 600,000 to one million square feet, where associates pick, pack, and ship bulky or larger-sized customer items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment, or rugs. Non-sortable fulfillment centers employ more than 1,000 full-time associates.

Delivery stations are warehouses of unspecified size where customer orders are prepared for last-mile delivery to customers. Amazon delivery providers enable Amazon’s fast, everyday shipping exiting one side of a warehouse, while semi-trailer trucks arrive in docks on the other side of the building.

Amazon Delivery Station Arlington Heights (DLN3) at 1455 West Shure Drive on November 6, 2020
Amazon Delivery Station Arlington Heights (DLN3) at 1455 West Shure Drive on November 6, 2020, about the time all delivery van fully populated the parking lot on the west side of the Amazon Delivery Station.

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