The recent announcement that Amazon.com will acquire Whole Foods has led to speculation about what the deal may mean for the future of grocery shopping, particularly when it comes to online ordering. While some suggest the deal represents a game-changing event, it’s clear the move by retailers to online ordering had already picked up in recent years as chains expand click and collect services as well as home delivery. This has taken place even as some continue to question whether grocers can turn a profit selling online.

Meijer, which began a pilot program offering home delivery of groceries in the Detroit metro area last year via Shipt’s third-party service, was pleased enough with the results to expand it to the surrounding suburbs and Ann Arbor.

“Convenience is king to customers,” Meijer spokesperson Joe Hirshmugl told the Detroit Free Press. “We’re looking to give them ways to shop our stores in…