Now That Amazon Bought Whole Foods, What's next for Shopping?

Johnathan Bustamante, manager at Best Market located in Tribeca, is unsure how the Amazon-Whole Foods deal will affect the grocery chain, but said that Best Market will continue to run their operations as normal.

"And she said, 'That's insane, '" John Mackey said at a town hall meeting on Friday, after Amazon announced it was buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.

As Mackey tells it, it all started with a blind date six weeks ago, which was love at first sight.

While many of Whole Foods stores are not now setup for drive-in and pickup, adding that capability would create big synergies with Amazon's e-commerce business by reducing last-mile delivery costs, says a Citigroup report published on Tuesday. At the time, Amazon wasn't certain Whole Foods had enough stores to move groceries on the scale the e-commerce giant wanted.

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"We talked for 2½ hours".

Analysts predict big changes for grocers following Amazon's surprise purchase of Whole Foods, NBC News reported.

Haeggquist & Eck, LLP a shareholder rights litigation firm, is investigating the proposed sale of Whole Foods Market, Inc. I think we're gonna get a lot of those innovations in our stores.

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"I think it will be great for all parties, for them, for Amazon, for us", says Teneek Stanley, from Baltimore.

Morgan Stanley analysts have also written in a report that Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods "creates an entry point to drug delivery" and provides the necessary real estate. What the online retail behemoth is planning with the Whole Foods deal and its 460 brick and mortar locations throughout the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom is anyone's guess, but as Business Insider points out, this may be a pivotal step in the future of grocery shopping. "It is likely that Amazon will utilize Whole Foods to even further expand their private label offering".

However 14% have said they would consider working for the internet giant. Its stores boasted longer lines despite the higher prices Whole Foods is known for.

"I think retailers are going to have to bring a lot of excitement to the store", said Stew Leonard Jr., CEO of Stew Leonard's, a grocery chain with five locations in CT and NY. But they care about their team - their team members, their suppliers, their investors. I don't know if you know that- they were, like, ranked the number-one most innovative company in the entire world. Meyer said Amazon has struggled in the past with selling perishables online.

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Nan Griffith, a retired teacher, shops at a Whole Foods outside Detroit because of its selection of vegan products, including niche brands that aren't widely available elsewhere.

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