Cardenas Markets has started offering two-hour delivery service in conjunction with Amazon in selected communities in California and Nevada, the Hispanic grocery chain announced Wednesday.
Customers can place orders through Amazon’s app or website, and members of Amazon’s Prime program pay a flat delivery fee, Cardenas said in a press release. The service will initially be available in Indio, Pomona, Murrieta and Pittsburg, California, as well as Las Vegas.
Cardenas plans to expand the delivery offering to additional areas in the “coming months,” Cardenas Chief Marketing Officer Adam Salgado said in a statement, without providing further details. The retailer also works with other e-commerce providers, including Instacart, DoorDash, Shipt and Uber Eats, to fulfill orders from online customers.
Cardenas, which runs 65 supermarkets in Arizona, California and Nevada under the Cardenas Market, Los Altos Ranch Markets, Rio Ranch Markets and Cardenas Ranch Markets banners, is among a relatively small number of retailers that have arrangements with Amazon to provide delivery services.
Amazon also delivers orders for pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs and pet products purveyor All The Best, both of which serve the Seattle area, where Amazon is based. The e-commerce company handles deliveries for Bristol Farms, a 13-store grocery chain that operates in California, as well.
In addition to working with third-party retailers, Amazon offers grocery delivery from stores in its Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market chains.
Cardenas’ announcement that it will work with Amazon follows the grocer’s sale earlier this year to funds managed by private equity firm Apollo Funds, an active investor in the grocery industry. Apollo also announced plans in 2022 to acquire Tony’s Fresh Market of Chicago and sell a majority stake in The Fresh Market to Cencosud, a South American retailer. In May 2020, Apollo paid $1.75 billion for a minority position in Albertsons.