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Amazon buying Whole Foods
« on: June 16, 2017, 06:47:22 AM »
Some interesting Amazon-related news.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/16/amazon-is-buying-whole-foods-in-a-deal-valued-at-13-point-7-billion.html

Makes me wonder if they'll carry bestsellng Amazon imprint books in the stores.

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 06:51:54 AM »
Mail order mangoes. :P

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 06:55:20 AM »
Mail order mangoes. :P

Shoot, if I could get some New Zealand soda and Whittaker's chocolate through Amazon Whole Foods, AND get it through Prime, I think I'd actually squee.

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 07:04:34 AM »
More likely it would be Prime Pantry (big box for $5.99). When we went skiing last winter, I used a $5 promotion to have an Amazon box waiting in our lodge room, including water in plastic bottles, to my daughter's horror. And Kind bars!

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 07:11:27 AM »
Probably have to be a Select member to shop there now...   :P

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 07:14:51 AM »
I'm looking forward to the media meltdown that's bound to happen as a consequence of this announcement.

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2017, 07:19:00 AM »
Will they sell our books if we label them "Certified Organic"? A pound of peaches, container of yogurt, fresh tuna, a romance, and two urban fantasies, please. Oh, and throw in that 46" inch TV while you're at it.

Next acquisition: Costco.

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2017, 07:40:38 AM »
This is clearly a shot at eBay who owns just half.com.

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2017, 08:08:01 AM »
I still won't be able to afford shopping there!

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2017, 08:11:37 AM »
I might be interested in Food Unlimited, for a flat monthly fee. Suppliers could be paid per bite.

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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2017, 08:16:06 AM »
I might be interested in Food Unlimited, for a flat monthly fee. Suppliers could be paid per bite.

Until Amazon releases its Bite Flip feature. At that point, all hell will break loose.
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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2017, 08:35:37 AM »
I still won't be able to afford shopping there!
Ha, that is what I was about to say. Prices are super high there.

Maybe now they can bring Amazon Fresh to all cities. Where you pay what, $200 a year and then can get grocery deliveries. Prime now has a few grocery items, but not much.

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2017, 08:56:40 AM »
The new antitrust laws will eventually be a problem for Amazon. They state that no one company can control more than 80% of the entire planet.

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2017, 09:13:21 AM »
If Amazon can get them to drop prices, I'll go back to shopping there. Right now they can't compete with Trader Joes for cheap organic.


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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2017, 09:19:10 AM »
I see this as a reminder that books and ebooks are no longer strategic priorities for Amazon. It already dominates these markets in the U.S.

Now it's onto growth opportunities in retail, cloud, AI, and streaming services.

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2017, 09:27:23 AM »
I see this as a reminder that books and ebooks are no longer strategic priorities for Amazon. It already dominates these markets in the U.S.

Now it's onto growth opportunities in retail, cloud, AI, and streaming services.

Agreed, but keeping in mind that these will become more and more siloed inside of the amazon corporation. I could imagine they using the whole foods chain as a tentative delivery method for a small selection (read airport book store) of books, and kindles. The magic here is that if they are siloed, if the whole foods experiment fails, they don't lose their only resource. Just as if their AI experiment fails, they wont lose whole foods. Just a distribution method.

It's smart. They are diversifying.

 

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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2017, 09:32:50 AM »
A friend with inside information just informed me that this is in preparation for a move into edible books. It gives a whole new flavor to "write to market".

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2017, 09:36:06 AM »
A friend with inside information just informed me that this is in preparation for a move into edible books. It gives a whole new flavor to "write to market".

1 star - gave me indigestion. I will not try anything from this author again.


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« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2017, 09:40:42 AM »
1 star - gave me indigestion. I will not try anything from this author again.
I'll tell ya, this is a rough audience!

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« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2017, 09:45:20 AM »
Take a look at what this announcement did to other food stocks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-whole-foods-m-a-amazon-com-stocks-idUSKBN1971WX

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2017, 09:54:27 AM »
Syracuse doesn't have a Whole Foods yet. We did get a Trader Joe's a couple years ago, although I haven't been there. (I'd have to steel myself to face all the hipsters. Plus the reports I've had from Trader Joe's are that while they have some unique stuff, they don't offer serious competition to Wegmans.)

Frankly I'd much sooner see one of the new Amazon brick & mortar stores come here, because I'm sure they'd be down with doing events with KDP/CreateSpace authors. Also I love bookstores and want to see one with a great selection again; Barnes & Noble has been disappointing in the last few years, at least the smaller stores we have, and my beloved Borders is no more.
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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2017, 09:58:07 AM »
A friend with inside information just informed me that this is in preparation for a move into edible books. It gives a whole new flavor to "write to market".


Excellent.  If authors can choose the ingredients, I can be sure mine includes zolpidem.  That way, my books can cure insomnia in two ways!

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Re: Amazon buying Whole Foods
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2017, 10:33:59 AM »
A friend with inside information just informed me that this is in preparation for a move into edible books. It gives a whole new flavor to "write to market".

Certainly will put a new spin on some erotica categories. :)

I might be interested in Food Unlimited, for a flat monthly fee. Suppliers could be paid per bite.

And Amazon Food Select, where independent farmers can post their products up on Amazon for sale and b*tch discuss every month about how the pay per piece fluctuates!

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« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2017, 10:34:32 AM »
Syracuse doesn't have a Whole Foods yet. We did get a Trader Joe's a couple years ago, although I haven't been there. (I'd have to steel myself to face all the hipsters. Plus the reports I've had from Trader Joe's are that while they have some unique stuff, they don't offer serious competition to Wegmans.)

Frankly I'd much sooner see one of the new Amazon brick & mortar stores come here, because I'm sure they'd be down with doing events with KDP/CreateSpace authors. Also I love bookstores and want to see one with a great selection again; Barnes & Noble has been disappointing in the last few years, at least the smaller stores we have, and my beloved Borders is no more.
And Wegman's is probably the reason Whole Foods isn't there. Much better than either WF or TJ.

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