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Amazon Prime to include free grocery delivery

Amazon Prime to include free grocery delivery

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. will offer free two-hour grocery delivery to its Prime members, the company said on Tuesday. The move eliminates an additional $14.99 per month fee that Prime members previously had to pay to access the company’s Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service.“I think this offering is truly a game changer and that this

Amazon intros grocery pickup at select Whole Foods Market stores

Amazon intros grocery pickup at select Whole Foods Market stores

AUSTIN, Texas and SEATTLE — Amazon and Whole Foods Market have announced the roll out of grocery pickup beginning in Sacramento and Virginia Beach, with more cities to come throughout 2018. Prime members can now shop Whole Foods Market’s selection of fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples and pick

Amazon expands Whole Foods delivery in New York, Florida

Amazon expands Whole Foods delivery in New York, Florida

SEATTLE — Amazon and its Whole Foods Market chain announced that they are expanding the delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market stores through Amazon’s Prime Now service in the greater Miami and New York metropolitan areas. Prime members in those cities can shop through online, or by using the Prime Now app

Retailers seek insights in changing landscape

Retailers seek insights in changing landscape

The dynamism of the retail industry’s most active, innovative and forward-thinking members is raising the stakes for everyone in the field. Major developments with potentially far-reaching implications for the way consumers shop are occurring at an unprecedented rate. In just the past few weeks, Walmart and Amazon.com Inc. have ratcheted up the pressure on their

Amazon’s grocery play is margin-squeezer

Amazon’s grocery play is margin-squeezer

Amazon’s closing of the Whole Foods Market acquisition this week is sure to add to brick-and-mortar retailers’ anxiety about the e-tailing giant’s ongoing march into traditional retail channels. Speculation about a potential move by Amazon into the pharmacy space has disquieted drug chains and other retail pharmacy players. But the online retailer’s grocery market entry

Amazon set to finalize Whole Foods acquisition

Amazon set to finalize Whole Foods acquisition

SEATTLE — Amazon announced on Thursday that its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. will close on Aug. 28. Amazon also revealed details about how it intends to lower prices and integrate its Prime membership program into the Whole Foods checkout process. The company’s bid for Whole Foods was approved Aug. 23 by

Should pharmacy industry worry about Amazon?

Should pharmacy industry worry about Amazon?

What would happen to your business if, tomorrow, Amazon bought a major chain like CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens or Rite Aid? Not so long ago, if you put this question to an executive in the chain drug store industry, the response might have been “Well, that’s not going to happen.” But now that Amazon has announced

Retail turmoil opens the door for innovation

Retail turmoil opens the door for innovation

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” To the extent that Emerson’s insight is applicable to the grocery business, retailers vying for a share of the nation’s $800 billion a year in food and beverage sales, a contingent that includes

Drug chains on periphery of retail action

Drug chains on periphery of retail action

The biggest stories to come out of chain drug retailing thus far in 2017 are non-stories. Indeed, it’s grocery and discount store retailers that are making all the news, while drug chains continue to anticipate the newest developments — or, more likely, wait for them to happen. In the supermarket business, Albertsons Cos. is making

Amazon to acquire Whole Foods Market

Amazon to acquire Whole Foods Market

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc. will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, including debt, in the biggest deal ever for the e-tailer as it continues to encroach on the grocery sector. Amazon will pay $42 a share in cash for the natural food chain, the companies said Friday. Whole Foods cofounder and chief executive

Report: Amazon eyeing BJ’s Wholesale Club

Report: Amazon eyeing BJ’s Wholesale Club

Amazon has sure fed the acquisition rumor mill recently. The latest scuttlebutt: The online retail giant is taking a look at BJ’s Wholesale Club. The New York Post has reported that privately held BJ’s is putting itself on the block after its ownership determined that an IPO was ill-timed. Citing anonymous sources, the Post article