Full-line supermarkets are maintaining relatively strong store traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more specialized operations tending to suffer, according to analytics platform Placer.ai.
As it continues adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon is expanding and updating how consumers can access its grocery operations while hiring additional workers to pace demand.
As it looks forward to the holidays, Amazon is touting its expanded free delivery options, providing Prime members across the United States access to more than 10 million items available for next-day drop-off.
Amazon.com may soon take another step into the grocery store business and, according to a report by the Wall St. Journal, is planning to open “dozens of stores” in several major U.S. cities.
The Thanksgiving weekend period was busy, particularly cold in some places, and productive from a retail perspective, market research firms analyzing sales data and at least one key retailer already have reported.
In purchasing Whole Foods Market, Amazon became a major player in the grocery store channel, and also forced established retailers to go more boldly into the digital space. HomeWorld’s Supermarket Report looks at Amazon’s Whole Foods initiatives, online trends in the grocery channel and how technology is playing a key role.
Amazon.com will offer its Prime members special savings at all Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market 365 stores nationwide beginning on June 27.
In a letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com CEO, detailed highlights of the 2017 fiscal year, and revealed that the company has exceeded 100 million paid Prime memberships worldwide just 13 years after the program’s launch.
According to location data from 50 million consumers in the U.S., average monthly foot traffic at Whole Foods has increased by 1.3% since the Amazon acquisition news broke in June versus the comparable period earlier, digital advertising firm inMarket reported.
Amazon and Whole Foods Market have introduced free two-hour delivery of groceries from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now, with plans to expand across the U.S. in 2018.
In a third quarter conference call, Brian Olsavsky, Amazon.com svp/CFO, noted that the company would develop new retail-related enterprises that will help it build on brick-and-mortar initiatives such as the purchase of Whole Foods Market, the expansion of Amazon Books, the partnership with Kohl’s and the roll out of the Amazon Key in-home delivery service.
Whole Foods Market said it has investigated and resolved a security incident previously announced on September 28, involving unauthorized access of payment card information used at certain venues such as tap rooms and full table-service restaurants located within some stores.
As the retail world continues to digest Amazon’s move to acquire Whole Foods, the first inkling of what the deal could mean for the upscale grocer was offered by its CEO, John Mackey.