Amazon Fresh may be eyeing D.C., international expansion

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is building a 346,000 sq. ft. warehouse next to the future Amazon distribution center in Baltimore, and some sources believe this additional location could be used for an AmazonFresh expansion in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

The Baltimore warehouse follows the same pattern that Amazon set when it expanded AmazonFresh into its current Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco markets according to retail analysts familiar with the matter. The timing and location of the new warehouse point to the possibility that Amazon could roll out its grocery delivery service in the metro D.C. and Baltimore areas.
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As speculation about a D.C.-area expansion mounts, the company also hinted they could be taking AmazonFresh abroad. Doug Gur, vice-president of Amazon U.K., recently spoke at the City Food Lecture in London where he alluded to global plans.

"We don't publish forward strategy plans but history would suggest that once we roll out something across North America, typically that leads to international expansion," said Gur, reports Eurofruit.

Amazon has previously stated that if early trials of the service perform well, there is a chance that it would launch AmazonFresh in 20 other urban areas in 2014, including some outside the U.S.

Amazon has been testing grocery delivery in Seattle since 2007, and expanded the service to some parts of Los Angeles in June. The AmazonFresh service costs $299 per year for members. In addition to ordering grocery items online, AmazonFresh customers can add some local and Amazon.com items to their order.

For more:
-See this Baltimore Business Journal article
-See this Baltimore Business Journal article
-See this Eurofruit article

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