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Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

17 June 2017

The deal between Amazon and Whole Foods Markets will shake up the grocery industry as Amazon has been investing and testing new technology to transform the retail industry, such as Amazon Go, now the company has physical locations to test and implement those new technological innovations.

E-commerce giant Amazon is buying the high-end Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7 billion, the company announced in a statement Friday.

Amazon's $14 billion deal for Whole Foods gives it more than just groceries.

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Though the news caused trepidation among leaders in the grocery industry, Amazon boosted its presence on Wall Street with the upcoming purchase. I don't think there's any direct Amazon Whole Foods direct competition. Supermarket chain Kroger Co was off 12.1 percent at $21.60, United Natural Foods Inc tumbled 8.6 per cent to $36.35 and Sprouts Farmers Market Inc was down 5.8 per cent at $21.13.

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Loblaw: In the fall of 2014, Loblaw launched its click-and-collect program, where customers order their groceries online and collect them at a designated store. The online retailer has already made a push into the sector with its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service and has explored another grocery store concept that serves walk-in customers. He added that these are likely the higher-income households who tend to buy more expensive brands and cuts of meat.

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

Whole Foods apparently has been having trouble with their investors for what The New York Times calls a "sluggish" stock price, so now it has a huge, innovative, and loaded new owner to help beef up its operation. Those standards are core to Whole Foods Market and we will remain committed to them. The company has more than 460 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Those stores join physical bookstores in Seattle. Investors are used to them not making money. If you're into running numbers, that means Amazon essentially got Whole Foods for free after you calculate the market capitalization, which comes out to around $15.6 billion on Friday. "The only mitigation is that the more niche appeal of Whole Foods will, at least for the time being, limit the threat to other players".

Founded in 1978 in Texas, Whole Foods was a pioneer of the move towards natural and organic foods.

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