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Whole Foods Has an Empty-Shelf Problem — and a ‘Militaristic’ Stocking System Is Reportedly to Blame

Source: Grub Street NY

Practically since the day Amazon took over, Whole Foods customers have griped about products being out of stock. (You could create, like, a full magazine of bare shelves using only pics that angry Twitter users have posted since last fall.) Consensus is that this inventory …

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More People Say They’re Finding ‘Entirely Empty’ Shelves at Whole Foods

Source: Grub Street NY

Shoppers are once again giving Jeff Bezos a piece of their mind about his Whole Foods management style. After Amazon started calling the shots in August, complaints soon followed that store shelves were suddenly having trouble staying full. It was easy to dismiss this as the result …

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Walmart Is Making Punch-Flavored Pickles and Other Gonzo Groceries to Compete With Amazon

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout cramped Walmart’s style, and one way the world’s largest and richest company is fighting the insurgent e-retailer is by having scientists work in a secret, Willy Wonka-style food lab. It’s called the Culinary and Innovation Center, and the point is inventing “exclusive” foods you can’t …

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Amazon Cuts Whole Foods’ Prices Again Ahead of Thanksgiving

Source: Grub Street NY

Whole Foods bargain hunters can start finding Thanksgiving recipes that don’t involve organic bananas or avocado, because Amazon announced this morning that prices just dropped on a bunch more groceries. The cuts, which began today, expand discounts that Amazon rolled out on 15 items after the acquisition. …

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Postmates Is Now Promising Customers 30-Minute Grocery Deliveries

Source: Grub Street NY

The death of AmazonFresh in lots of states suggests even the world’s top shipping company can’t crack grocery delivery yet. Undeterred, Postmates has issued a hold-my-beer message to its larger rival: It said yesterday that it’s released an “on-demand farmer’s market” called — wait for it — Fresh. …

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Amazon Is Scaling Back Its Fresh-Food Delivery

Source: Grub Street NY

In a somewhat surprising move, given the fact it just bought Whole Foods, Amazon has announced plans to scale back its grocery-delivery service. It told customers yesterday in at least five states that they have until November 30 to place their final AmazonFresh orders — which may or may …

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Whole Foods Is Actually Hiring Another 6,000 Human Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

When Amazon bought Whole Foods, analysts feared Jeff Bezos’s growth model — easy online shopping paired with an algorithm that dangles unnecessary items “frequently bought together” — could be a death knell for the grocery chain’s carefully crafted human touch. Warehouse jobs would go first, they said, followed …

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Will Amazon Kill Whole Foods’ Low-Priced 365 Chain?

Source: Grub Street NY

When Whole Foods opened the first of its 365 spinoff stores last May, it came with some big promises. In-store tattoo parlors ultimately didn’t make the cut, alas, but the company did say that 365 would be a nationwide chain where shoppers could find “a lot of other …

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Walmart Wants Keys to Your House So It Can Put Groceries Directly in the Fridge

Source: Grub Street NY

And you thought Alexa eavesdropping on your conversations was unsettling: Walmart has unveiled a new plan to upstage Amazon delivery, and it involves giving them a key to your house and access to your fridge. The company says that in the future it hopes to “keep some customers’ homes …

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Whole Foods Warns Shoppers of a Data Breach

Source: Grub Street NY

Bad news for Whole Foods growler-station regulars: Your personal data may have fallen into hackers’ hands. The company says that it “received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information” at some of its taprooms and in-store restaurants with table service. Affected restaurants aren’t those in a store’s upstairs …

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Amazon May Soon Bring Shake Shack to Your Door

Source: Grub Street NY

After less than a month as Whole Foods’ overlord, Amazon is making another big food grab. It’s teaming up with Olo, a large food-ordering company that counts Danny Meyer as an investor and does catering orders for Chipotle. Olo says the partnership will put its current raft …

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McDonald’s Might Try to Sell Amazon Its Old Headquarters Outside of Chicago

Source: Grub Street NY

The sleepy Chicago suburb of Oak Brook says it’s got just the thing to beat the approximately 90,000 other cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters. Since 1971, the small Illinois village of 7,883 has been the work home of thousands of McDonald’s corporate employees, but the burger chain …

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Amazon Is Quietly Seizing Control of Booze Delivery Now, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s tentacles are extending even further into booze delivery, a realm known for giving almost every would-be “disrupter” a headache, thanks to all the legal and logistical problems associated with shipping alcohol. Just to scratch the surface: USPS won’t deliver at all, and UPS and FedEx will, but only …

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Amazon Merger Is Bringing Whole Foods the Most Shoppers It’s Had in Years

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s still not as cheap as competitors, but Whole Foods may not need Walmart-level rollbacks to crush the other guys anyway: Signs already point to a big boost in traffic since merging with Amazon. The Wall Street Journal hears informally that stores are seeing serious sales leaps, and …

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Here Are the Whole Foods Products You Can Find Right Now on Amazon

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon has now added over a thousand Whole Foods products to its website in hopes of moving the grocer’s shoppers online. (The cost of shipping all those Echos to stores isn’t going to pay for itself, after all.) The e-commerce giant is eager for — some experts would …

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Go Get Whole Foods’ $2 Avocados While You Can!

Source: Grub Street NY

Did you scarf down two bowlfuls of guacamole last night? Big whoop — you’re having guac again tonight. Why? Because Whole Foods’ avocados, which used to cost you $3 each plus your firstborn child, are now merely two bucks. Pay no attention to the voice in your head that’s …

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Amazon’s Refusal to Pull Breitbart Ads Is Causing People to Boycott Whole Foods

Source: Grub Street NY

Today’s the dawn of the new regime at Whole Foods — a 365 Everyday Value page on Amazon.com, and cheaper avocados plus “Farm Fresh” Amazon Echos at kiosks inside stores. But Amazon’s successful buyout does come with one downside, and that’s the baggage of Jeff Bezos’s refusal …

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Amazon Is Essentially Turning Prime Into a Whole Foods Rewards Program

Source: Grub Street NY

Certainly the hand-wringing’s only just begun about what this means, but Amazon and Whole Foods announced today that their merger is officially all set. Whole Foods shareholders approved the buyout yesterday, and the FTC has green-lit the $13.7 billion deal, so prepare for their joint “vision” …

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Amazon’s Alexa Now Gives Tips on Food Waste

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon has given its personal assistant Alexa a handy little upgrade — she now dispenses tips on how to quit wasting food, something you’re probably already guilty of doing today. Her new “Skill” (as voice-powered apps that run on an Echo are called) is part of Save the …

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Amazon Is Already Selling Its Meal Kits

Source: Grub Street NY

Only yesterday did the world learn that, yes, Amazon is definitely planning a full-scale assault on Blue Apron and the rest of the meal-kit industry. Well, turns out that needs a slight grammatical tense change: Not planning for the future, but planned, like it’s already happening. Apparently, a …

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Amazon Already Registered a Trademark for a Meal-Kit Service

Source: Grub Street NY

Everyone suspected this was coming, but there’s finally official confirmation this morning that Amazon is indeed plotting a takeover of the meal-kit-delivery business. The dead giveaway was a trademark it filed a couple weeks ago, on July 6, for just such a service. The application outlines an undertaking …

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Here Are the People Who Could Stop the Whole Foods–Amazon Deal

Source: Grub Street NY

Amazon’s swallowing of Whole Foods understandably has supermarket chains and meal-kit companies alike sweating bullets, but even if they were dead set on blowing up the merger, they really couldn’t; a full derailment would require either angry shareholders (who still have to officially approve it) or a …

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Olive Garden’s Parent Company Warns It’s Testing Amazon Deliveries, Too

Source: Grub Street NY

Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants announced today that, like all businesses hoping to exist in the year 2025, it’s decided to partner up with Amazon. CEO Gene Lee dropped the news in an earnings call, although he didn’t really give any specifics outside of confirming that they …

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Amazon Will Likely Cut Warehouse Jobs First at Whole Foods

Source: Grub Street NY

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has argued that when Amazon swoops in and sprinkles its e-commerce magic dust, the grocery chain will “evolve in leaps and bounds.” This is widely understood to be code, in part, for “announce job cuts,” and today Bloomberg makes a prediction about …

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How Amazon Can Help Whole Foods Fix Itself

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s impossible to predict what the proposed purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon might mean for the grocery chain, for the future of food and retailing in general, for the nascent meal-kit industry, for employment in the retail space, and so on. It’s equally impossible not …

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