Tag Archives: Whole Foods

The Implications of Amazon’s New-Found Financial Firepower

Amazon is financing the Whole Foods acquisition with bonds. Bloomberg: Jeff Bezos has an army full of bond investors ready to back Amazon.com Inc.’s conquest of the supermarket industry. The world’s largest online retailer sold $16 billion of unsecured bonds in seven parts to fund its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. Reuters […]

How Ocado Is Trying to Ride the Amazon-Whole Foods Wave

UK based online grocery retailer Ocado is trying to ride the Whole Foods-Amazon wave. The company may, finally, after years, deliver on those mystical international cooperations and licensing deals for its technology. Snark aside, Ocado is indeed the best candidate to talk to for US grocery chains frightened by the Whole Foods deal. Ocado has […]

The One Thing That Could Stop Amazon-Whole Foods

One word: Trump. The Hill on the regulatory background: Some industry analysts say the deal should face a relatively smooth path to federal approval because Whole Foods only represents a 1.2 percent share of the $800 billion grocery market, while Amazon only has a 0.2 percent share. […] “There’s real pent-up demand to go after […]

What Amazon-Whole Foods Means for the IPOs of Blue Apron and Delivery Hero

With Amazon-Whole Foods, Amazon will go faster into everything food-related. As we said in “Analysis: Whole Foods in an Amazon Go/Flex/Fresh World“: What Amazon is doing with Amazon Go and the Amazon Fresh Pickups is a rethinking of what local locations in a grocery value chain have to look like and what jobs they have […]

When P&G and Unilever Have to React to Amazon Whole Foods

Here is a very optimistic take on Whole Foods and Amazon by Scott Galloway: “AMZN + WFM = $1T” Amazon / Whole Foods will be the fourth-largest grocer in the US, and will likely post growth rates no $10B+ retailer, sans Amazon, has registered. The Seattle firm will apply its operational chops and lower (zero) […]

Analysis: Whole Foods in an Amazon Go/Flex/Fresh World

When the news broke last Friday that Amazon is about to acquire Whole Foods, I wrote this: Now we know who the first and best customer for the Amazon Go technology will be. In February, we talked about what Amazon Go might evolve into: It may be illuminating to look at where Amazon most likely […]

From Alibaba to Instacart: The Most Insightful Reactions to the Whole Foods Amazon Deal

After news broke last Friday that Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods, a lot of commentary emerged as everyone is trying to suss out that exactly this will lead to. No wonder. Combine Amazon and a $800 billion market in the US, and you get everyone’s attention. Here are some select comments and reactions worth reading […]

Post Whole Foods, What Will Amazon’s Grocery Strategy Outside the US Look Like?

Bloomberg on the implications of the Whole Foods Amazon deal for the US: For Amazon, the deal is more about getting a distribution network for groceries, said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc. It has spent years trying to break into delivering groceries, but hasn’t been as successful as in other categories. Amazon previously […]

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 Billion

How serious is Amazon about groceries? This serious: Amazon just announced it is acquiring Whole Foods. From the press release: Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued […]

Re/code: “Whole Foods to Invest in Instacart, Signs New Multi-Year Delivery Deal”

According to sources from Re/code, Whole Foods and Instacart are preparing a close partnership. Jason Del Rey at Re/code: The $10 billion national grocery store chain is making an investment in the four-year-old delivery startup, according to multiple sources. The size of the deal could not be learned, but sources say the deal is essentially done, […]