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Can Amazon persuade enough people to buy fresh food online?

Can Amazon persuade enough people to buy fresh food online?

Whole Foods Market closed at $42.68, a gain of 9.62 points, or 29.10%.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shocked the world on Friday when it announced it would buy natural groceries giant Whole Foods Market, Inc.

Whole Food shareholders still have to approve the purchase, as do regulators. Also, the scandal where the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs found that Whole Foods was overcharging customers didn't help either.

Charlie O'Shea, Moody's lead retail analyst, said the deal could be "transformative, not just for food retail, but for retail in general".

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Groceries are already a fiercely competitive business, with low-priced rivals like Aldi putting pressure on traditional supermarket chains and another discounter, Lidl, opening its first US stores just this week.

When the deal is closed, Andy Dunn, founder and CEO of Bonobos will report to Marc Lore, President and CEO of Walmart U.S. The move is meant to cut into Amazon and expand Walmart's overall growing share of the eCommerce market. "That's what shoppers are looking for", he said. Meanwhile, the more than 460 Whole Foods stores in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom could be turned into distribution hubs - not just for delivering groceries, but also as pickup centers for online orders. But if customers know that what they are getting is the same as what they'd get at the local store, they are more likely to try it out.

- Cal-Maine Foods. The egg producer fell $1.75, or 4.5 percent, to $37.35. It accounts for less than 5 percent of sales in supermarket chains that offer the service to customers, he said.

"The conventional grocery store should feel threatened and incapable of responding", Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.

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But if Amazon can be the one-stop shop for everything - groceries had been one of the key missing elements - customers would have even less of a need to go to Walmart or elsewhere.

The buy marks Amazon's largest acquisition to-date.

The Whole Foods Market on Seattle's Westlake Avenue sits at the epicenter of Amazon's Seattle headquarters, just a few minutes away from the company's new high-rise office buildings.

Amazon has its own grocery delivery service, and some think that could make Instacart irrelevant in the Whole Foods operation. It could have built up its groceries business without acquisitions, said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, but that would have been costly and time-consuming. Earlier this week rumors were swelling that Amazon had its sights on acquiring messaging technology company Slack, turns out it was Whole Foods that would be first.

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Last month, NYU professor and brand strategist Scott Galloway predicted the deal in a podcast with Recode, "Everyone looks to Amazon for leadership and I've been predicting they were going to go into stores for five years". The store uses sensors to track items as shoppers put them into baskets or return them to the shelf.


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