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·         Amazon unveils Prime Day deals at Whole Foods

·         Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best food and food service deals


·         Walmart Has Already Lost Its Battle With Amazon

·         Walmart remains the largest U.S. retailer, Amazon a distant second




Amazon unveils Prime Day deals at Whole Foods


Jessica Dumont, GroceryDive

July 9, 2019


Dive Brief:


·         Amazon is giving Whole Foods shoppers even more time to take advantage of Prime Day with a week of deals and discounts beginning July 10, according to a company press release.

·         Some of this year’s produce offers include two pounds of strawberries for $5 and organic peaches and nectarines for $2.49 per pound. In meat and seafood, Whole Foods will offer its organic, air-chilled, no-antibiotics-ever whole chickens for $2.19 a pound and wild-caught sockeye salmon fillets for $9.99 a pound. Other deals include 35% off Everyday Value trail mixes, 40% off organic plant-based protein powders and 30% off reusable water bottles.

·         In addition to Prime Day discounts, Prime members who spend $10 now through July 16 at Whole Foods or on Prime Now will get a $10 credit to use on Amazon for Prime Day.


Dive Insight:


Amazon seems to be laser-focused on making this year’s Prime "Day" larger, longer and more profitable than ever, judging by the latest promotional buzz surrounding the event. Grocery, in particular, is expected to be a major sales driver for the company, according to research from Profitero.


Stretching Prime Day into a week-long affair for Whole Foods signals that Amazon wants to get more people into the grocery stores and ultimately, online for the official 48-hour Prime event. Adding special discounts for Prime members has failed to boost regular traffic to Whole Foods, but with the added incentive of $10 to spend on Amazon and the extra days for shoppers to explore deals, the extended timeline could move the needle.


Amazon has been working on broadening Whole Foods appeal...





Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best food and food service deals

The foodie discounts at Amazon (and Whole Foods) have already started.


By Chowhound Staff

via C|Net - July 9, 2019


Are you ready for Amazon Prime Day 2019? We're gearing up for the online giant's biggest sale of the year, a two-day extravaganza in which you can score deals on pretty much everything. This year, the team at CNET's sister site Chowhound are particularly looking forward to the insane discounts on our favorite foods, grocery items and food subscription services. With Prime Day only a week away, we've rounded up the best Amazon Prime Day food and grocery deals to purchase as soon as they go live.


Before we get to the sales you won't want to miss, we're giving you the 4-1-1 for Amazon Prime Day and how to navigate your way through two days of monster deals.


When is Amazon Prime Day?


Amazon Prime Day 2019 will officially begin Monday, July 15 at 12 a.m. PT (3 a.m. ET). This Prime Day is the longest yet, lasting for 48 hours -- last year's sales only lasted for 36. The last sales will (probably) end on Wednesday, July 17 at 12 a.m. PT. But with Amazon you never know, so stay tuned for sale extensions on certain items.


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Walmart Has Already Lost Its Battle With Amazon

The retailer has adapted somewhat to meet the omnichannel challenge, but it's unwilling to fundamentally change how it operates.


Daniel B. Kline, The Motley Fool

Jul 10, 2019


Digital pioneers often lose a lot of money in the process of building the infrastructure that will eventually (they hope) allow them to produce profits. That's how Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) operated for years -- and while it's in the black now, thanks in large part to its cloud business, it continues to invest for the long term while forsaking larger short-term profits.


For a few years, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) seemed to be willing to follow a similar model when it came to e-commerce and omnichannel sales. After the retail giant paid $3.3 billion for in 2016, it empowered Jet CEO Marc Lore to run its digital division, and integrate it into store operations.


That led to bold offerings such as free two-day shipping, in-store pickup kiosks for online orders, and curbside grocery pickup. Those innovations, however, did not come cheap, and with recent reports that forecast Walmart's e-commerce division will lose $1 billion this year on sales of between $21 billion and $22 billion, some within the company want changes.


What's happening at Walmart?


Traditional retailers like Walmart do not generally choose a strategy of losing money steadily in order to make a profit at some vague point down the line. Competing with Amazon, however, means doing that.


The brick-and-mortar giant still has much work to do in its effort to transform its stores so they can also serve as digital fulfillment centers capable of matching Amazon's new one-day shipping offer. Walmart has struggled to hit the mark on two-day shipping, and it only offers a few hundred thousand items for fast delivery, compared to the more than 100 million available via Amazon Prime.


Continuing to compete with the e-commerce leader means continuing to lose money, and Vox has reported that Lore is under increased scrutiny from CEO Doug McMillon and the company's board. Lore, meanwhile, has made it clear to Walmart's leadership that success on this front will require not just modifying the chain's stores into e-commerce hubs, but also adding more fulfillment centers.


Amazon currently has 110 U.S. fulfillment centers; Walmart has just 20, and its stores, while large, lack the inventory diversity to compete with Amazon's product selection. Both are solvable problems -- if the company is willing to invest.


"The problem is that building the online version of the Everything Store requires millions more products, and that means two things that Walmart's current infrastructure does not support: dozens more e-commerce warehouses and a lot more merchants and brands selling through," wrote Vox's Jason Del Rey.


Basically, Lore knows what must be done to achieve his goals, but has run up against a traditional retail mentality that abhors operating losses. This is probably not a battle he has any chance of winning, and based on a series of recent corporate moves that included integrating's employees more closely into Walmart's main digital operations (and some top executives leaving), the war may already be lost.


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Walmart remains the largest U.S. retailer, Amazon a distant second


by Kim Souza, Talk Business & Politics (AR)

July 9, 2019


Walmart often is seen as losing out to Amazon, especially in terms of share price and broad subscriber base. But there’s one metric where Walmart still commands a large lead over Amazon — sales revenue. A recent STORES Magazine Top Retailers list put Walmart in the No. 1 spot with $387.66 billion in annual U.S. sales and 5,263 stores.


Amazon, with some 100 million Prime subscribers, ranks second with revenue totaling $120.93 billion, and roughly 490 stores in the U.S., most of which are Amazon’s Whole Foods locations. Kantar, which compiled the report, notes Amazon is easily the most disruptive and influential force in the U.S. retail industry, but it’s still nowhere in Walmart’s league when it comes to store locations and sales revenue.


Kantar estimates brick-and-mortar still accounts for about 90% of total retail sales in the U.S., but e-commerce is growing at a much faster clip as many categories such as apparel and pet products have already shifted toward much larger online sales. While Amazon is believed to be most disruptive to the growth of sales for general merchandise, the explosion of online grocery is being led by Walmart through its online pickup service, which is now available in more than 2,500 store locations. Walmart is rolling the program out to 100 stores each week through the rest of the year, with a final goal of 3,300 stores offering the service.


Keith Anderson, senior executive over strategy and insight at Profitero, told Talk Business & Politics Walmart’s use of its store infrastructure to bring grocery shopping options to the masses is just one of the things the retail giant is doing right. He said Walmart’s cold supply chain is a huge asset it can leverage to try and stay ahead in online grocery.


A harder task for Walmart is how to grow non-grocery online sales. He said Amazon is the clear leader in marketplace sales – smaller retailers using Amazon’s platform – and under the guidelines of Walmart’s invitation-only policy it doesn’t look like will mount a significant threat to Amazon. Anderson said there does not have to be just one winner in online retail. He gives Walmart props for investing heavily and continually testing and trying to move the needle as consumers want convenience shopping options.


Kantar said its TOP 100 Retailer list hasn’t changed much in recent years in the first 10 spots, despite disruption in retail. One of the more interesting areas...