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Jeff Bezos Just $5 Billion Away From Being World's Richest

Jeff Bezos Just $5 Billion Away From Being World's Richest

Walmart is also expanding its online grocery business by offering curbside pickups for online orders and opening trial drive-up pickup kiosks. The Food Marketing Institute has estimated "online grocery spending" at about 4.3 percent of USA grocery sales, but that apparently includes online ordering, not necessarily remote delivery.

The company opened its first physical food store in Seattle past year, as well as a host of Amazon Books stores.

Walmart's shares were beaten down by the Amazon offer.

Mackey, in a new interview with Texas Monthly, had recently called the agitators who've pushed for the Austin-based grocer to make a host of changes - including possibly putting itself up for sale - "greedy bastards" looking to make a quick buck.

During the decades since Mackey founded Whole Foods, it has emerged as a cultural icon and a force in its industry.

It's not yet clear what specific changes are in store at either Amazon or Whole Foods, since the two companies are saying little about their plans. Grocery store operations are among the largest in most Walmart stores. And in a nod to the popularity of delivery companies like Blue Apron, Kroger and Whole Foods have been testing meal kits as well.

Expect to see Amazon attempt to swoop into Europe and buy up more supermarket chains of a similar size to Whole Foods and repeat the strategy in other markets.

One of the most likely reasons for the premium on Whole Foods Market stock is the existence of other bidders. Shoppers skip the checkout line, and their Amazon accounts get automatically charged.

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Any buyer of Whole Foods would likely argue that it was not in the same market, said Alden Abbott, an antitrust expert with the Heritage Foundation.

The founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos, is just $5 billion shy of overtaking the world's wealthiest person, Bill Gates. Whole Foods will keep operating stores under its name. One of the biggest obstacles that stopped Whole Foods from exploding in growth is the exorbitant prices of its products. According to insiders, about 10% of Instacart's business now comes from Whole Foods orders, but that seems likely to change.

Amazon could also get a better picture of customers by marrying data from Amazon and Whole Foods' loyalty programs.

Whole Foods has 430 stores, but after the acquisition, it will operate 350 million stores because they will be on every desktop, Feinberg says.

Barclays analyst Karen Short raised her Whole Foods price target to US$48 from US$38 and upgraded the stock to overweight from equal-weight, citing the possibility of counterbids.

Whole Foods now has 431 stores nationwide ― and it is a beloved option for organic produce and local products already.

Whole Foods just removed its Apple Watch app from the App Store, making it the latest company to do so after Google, eBay, Amazon and others did the same earlier this year.


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