Amazon's Whole Foods Purchase Will Launch A New Era Of Retail

Amazon's Whole Foods Purchase Will Launch A New Era Of Retail

Amazon's Whole Foods Purchase Will Launch A New Era Of Retail

The supermarket chain will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand and John Mackey will remain the company's CEO, the release said.

The two deals make it clear that the lines that divided traditional retail from e-commerce are disappearing and sector dominance will no longer be bound by e-commerce or brick-and-mortar, but by who is better at both.

It had previously signalled its intent in grocery with its Amazon Fresh proposition and a United Kingdom tie-in with Morrisons, and offers a one-hour delivery service with a number of USA independent wine retailers, and was already trialling a revolutionary new "grab and go" bricks and mortar grocery store for food and alcohol in Seattle, although it has yet to open the to the public.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big-box retailers, according to a person with knowledge of the company's grocery plans. Wal-Mart posted a 63% increase in online sales in the first quarter.

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The evolution of Amazon's business model should be disconcerting for the three retailers that dominate Australia's supermarket industry. If Amazon can turn the Whole Foods stores into pick-up points and turn physical customers into online shoppers (even more), then it may have struck gold. And now imagine every Whole Foods location in the country (Quartz reports there are 430 of them from coast to coast) becoming one of those futuristic Amazon hubs. In preparation for the grocery price war, Wal-Mart in recent months has cut grocery prices, improved fresh food and meat offerings, modernized shelving and lighting in its grocery aisles, and expanded its online grocery pickup service.

"Investors, analysts, competitors and suppliers are left guessing what Amazon may do", Binder, the Jefferies analyst, said.

Only about 1 to 2 percent of the industry has moved online, although that figure was expected to rise to 6 percent over the next five years because millennial consumers are nearly twice as likely to purchase groceries on the web, according to Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Marc Astrachan. It also is testing same-day fresh and frozen home delivery from 10 of its stores.

"The reality is most retailers can't effectively compete with Amazon on factors like delivery times and pricing, particularly when Amazon can sustain losses in the short term", Macey said in March. That could force other supermarkets to follow or lose customers, Astrachan said.

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The acquisition could pose a bigger threat to Target, which has been building smaller stores in cities like NY to attract the affluent urban shoppers coveted by Whole Foods and Amazon, said Kurt Jetta, chief executive officer of TABS Analytics, a consumer products research firm. Amazon could provide the financial capital and tactical ability to build that into something big. Kroger, which had been rumored as a suitor of Whole Foods, saw its share price crater as much as 11 percent before making up most of those losses by the end of Friday. Last year, Amazon accounted for 43% of online sales in the USA and 53% of the growth in online sales, according to data from Slice Intelligence. Wal-Mart reported $6.9 billion in cash and equivalents and $20.9 billion in free cash flow at its year ended January 31.

Amazon did not elaborate on the strategic rationale for buying a grocery chain, but analysts said the acquisition has the potential to strengthen its ties to consumers through its Prime program.

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