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June 19, 2017

Impacts of Amazon's Whole Foods deal could go way beyond how we buy food

  • Amazon could try to use automation and data analysis to draw more customers to stores, while helping Whole Foods cut costs and perhaps prices.
  • By ANICK JESDANUN
    AP Technology Writer

    More than 460 Whole Foods stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. could be turned into distribution hubs — not just for delivering groceries but as pickup centers for online orders.

    NEW YORK — Online retail giant Amazon is making a bold expansion into physical stores with a $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods, setting the stage for radical retail experiments that could revolutionize how people buy groceries and everything else.


     
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