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·         Amazon Is Opening New Grocery Stores Next Year NOT Named Whole Foods

The news confirms earlier speculation that the e-commerce giant is pushing further into physical retail.

 

·         Amazon files lawsuit against Pentagon's decision to award $10B contract to Microsoft

… The company protested the Pentagon's decision to go with Microsoft, a rival company that has a slightly lower data certification…

 

 

 

Amazon Is Opening New Grocery Stores Next Year NOT Named Whole Foods

The news confirms earlier speculation that the e-commerce giant is pushing further into physical retail.

 

Danny Vena, The Motley Fool

Nov 12, 2019

 

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) confirmed on Monday that the company will be opening a grocery store in 2020 that is separate and distinct from its Whole Foods Market brand, according to a report by CNET. The move came to light after the company posted a number of employment opportunities for grocery employees in the Woodland Hills, California, area. The job postings said, "Join us as we launch Amazon's first grocery store." The wording suggests that the store might be Amazon branded and that the company could be planning more than one location.

 

There have long been rumors that the tech giant had plans to expand its grocery operations. Numerous reports from earlier this year suggested Amazon had signed leases in more than two dozen locations and had plans to open a grocery store in Los Angeles as early as the end of the year. Amazon had additional plans to open locations in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. This marks the first time Amazon has confirmed its plans.

 

A grocery option "distinct from Whole Foods"

 

"Amazon is opening a grocery store in Woodland Hills in 2020," a company spokesperson confirmed. The neighborhood is a suburb outside of Los Angeles, which seems to corroborate earlier reports. The retail store wouldn't employ the self-checkout technology in use at Amazon Go stores but would use cashiers and standard checkout lines, the company said.

 

The newer stores also won't be competing against the upscale Whole Foods brand. "When it comes to grocery shopping, we know customers love choice, and this new store offers another grocery option that's distinct from Whole Foods Market, which continues to grow and remain the leader in quality natural and organic food," Amazon said in a statement, pointing out that Whole Foods opened 17 new locations this year, and additional openings were in the planning stages. The company will also continue its push into grocery delivery from Whole Foods stores.

 

This will also help accelerate Amazon's plans in the online grocery delivery arena, increasing its base of operations and providing additional locations that can serve as staging areas for shipping its digital grocery orders. With this move, Amazon can give consumers additional grocery store options while further expanding the company's well-known brand.

 

A growing interest in a lucrative market ...

 

A strategy that's not without risk ...  

 

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Amazon files lawsuit against Pentagon's decision to award $10B contract to Microsoft

 

By Tal Axelrod, The Hill 

11/23/19

 

Amazon filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday to dispute the Pentagon’s decision to award a lucrative cloud computing contract to rival Microsoft.

 

For weeks, Amazon has been expected to take action against the Pentagon's decision to award Microsoft with its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a move that was announced in late October.

 

A spokesperson for Amazon Web Services confirmed to The Hill that the suit was filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims under seal. The tech giant did not explain the basis for its complaint.

 

The suit contains “proprietary information, trade secrets, and confidential financial information” that could “cause either party severe competitive harm,” Amazon said in a court document seeking a protective order.

 

“The record in this bid protest likely will contain similarly sensitive information,” it added.

 

Amazon had been widely viewed as the favorite to win the JEDI contract, which is just one part of a broader Defense Department project to modernize its digital capacities.

 

The company protested the Pentagon's decision to go with Microsoft, a rival company that has a slightly lower data certification.

 

"AWS is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and remains committed to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts. We believe it's critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence. Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias- and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified," an Amazon Web Services spokesperson told The Hill.

 

Amazon has claimed it lost the contract because its owner, Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, has been critical of President Trump.

 

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has denied that politics played a role in the Pentagon’s decision.

 

“We believe the facts will show they [the Defense Department] ran a detailed, thorough and fair process in determining the needs of the warfighter were best met by Microsoft,” Microsoft said in a statement to Reuters, which was the first to report on the lawsuit...

 

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https://thehill.com/policy/technology/471772-amazon-files-lawsuit-against-pentagons-decision-to-award-10b-contract-to