We asked chefs what they get at Whole Foods. Some swore by the cheese. Others love the pizza. Chefs are experts in the kitchen, so it’s always fascinating to know what they decide to pick up on their grocery runs. Many swear by Whole Foods, known for its healthy and […]
Amazon was almost named “Cadabra,” which is short for the magic term, “abracadabra.” CEO Jeff Bezos started the company in 1995 by selling books. There are about 6,000 dogs that “work” at Amazon HQ in Seattle – they even have a dog park on site. Watch the video above for […]
President Trump responded to a proposal from Sen. Elizabeth Warren to break up big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Trump said “there’s tremendous dishonesty” at the tech companies, but stopped short of endorsing a major break up. Trump also railed against Twitter for perceived bias against conservatives, which […]
Elizabeth Warren’s proposed plan to break up American tech giants would roll back Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, along with some other massive tech deals. “Unwinding these mergers will promote healthy competition in the market - which will put pressure on big tech companies to be more responsive to user […]
Whole Foods employees are reporting that their work hours have been reduced. This news comes months after Amazon – which owns Whole Foods – boosted its minimum wage up to $US15 an hour. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has leveled criticism at the grocery chain, alleging that […]
Amazon is closing all 87 of its pop-up stores and discontinuing the program. The retailer will instead expand its Amazon 4-star and books concepts. All pop-up locations – including ones in Kohl’s, malls, and Whole Foods Market stores – will close by April 29, according The Wall Street Journal. Workers […]
Amazon is launching a new brand of grocery stores, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company has already signed leases for the stores, which could open as soon as this year, The Journal said Friday. The new stores reportedly would be distinct from Whole Foods, carrying a larger variety […]
Dollar stores often target poor, rural communities, but a recent report finds that they have started to overtake cities as well. In cities like Philadelphia and Atlanta, dollar stores are more ubiquitous than Whole Foods. This abundance of discount chains tends to undercut full-service grocery stores, leaving residents with fewer […]
Shoppers flock to Whole Foods for a number of products. Whether it’s for quality produce or its ever-growing cheese section, the chain continues to bring customers in. INSIDER went around to Whole Foods locations and asked real Whole Foods employees and customers what their favourite product is. While many people […]
Amazon’s fourth-quarter earnings release included a physical-store sales number that confused some observers. Sales were down 3% compared to the year prior, which included most Whole Foods sales. Amazon explained that last year’s fourth quarter had five additional days of sales. Plus, Amazon has moved Whole Foods sales that start […]
Trader Joe’s is ending grocery delivery services in New York City on March 1 and has no plans to roll out delivery in other markets. “Instead of passing along unsustainable cost increases to our customers, removing delivery will allow us to continue offering outstanding values,” a Trader Joe’s representative told […]
Groceries are one of the largest and most consistent expenses for most families, but they’re also one of the expenses where you can most easily reduce your costs. By paying careful attention to the foods your family regularly eats, you can determine the best places to shop and the quantities […]
Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen spoke about his company’s omnichannel strategy at the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Big Show. In an interview with the CNBC anchor Sara Eisen, McMullen discussed how Kroger’s merger with the grocery chain Harris Teeter had spurred a digital expansion. The Kroger CEO and chairman said the […]
Amazon-owned Whole Foods is halting growth of its smaller, cheaper chain of stores called 365 by Whole Foods Market. In an internal email, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey cited a diminishing price gap between the newer chain and Whole Foods’ traditional stores as the reason for the change. All 12 […]
Some products at Whole Foods can be a great deal and healthy for you, while other items are either expensive, nutrition-lacking, or both. Here, several food experts and nutritionists list 25 items you should buy at Whole Foods and 25 items you should avoid. While the company has worked to […]
Amazon rose early Monday after a report said it was planning to open more Whole Foods stores across the US to place more customers within range of Prime Now’s two-hour delivery service. The report did not detail exactly how many Whole Foods stores Amazon was planning to open and expand. […]
Amazon has plans to open even more Whole Foods stores to make its two-hour delivery service more accessible to customers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. A source familiar with the matter told The Journal that Whole Foods may be expanding into parts of the Rocky Mountain region where […]
Retailers are increasingly marrying their online shopping offerings and their in-store experience. Buy-online, pickup-in-store programs have proliferated, with big stores like Target, Whole Foods, and Walmart greatly expanding their offerings. Customers are taking notice as well, with buy-online-pickup-in-store sales rising dramatically this holiday season compared to last year. Buying online […]
A watchdog report found evidence of PFAS, a class of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, in paper to-go boxes and one sandwich wrapper product at Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods immediately removed the items and said they were looking into replacements. The company said there was a “limited availability of […]
A recent report said dollar stores are preventing rural communities and low-income black neighbourhoods from getting ahead. In addition to undercutting local grocers, the arrival of dollar stores can lead to the shuttering of independent businesses. Though many dollar stores are beginning to sell healthier food items, their offerings still […]
Amazon is reportedly working on adapting its Amazon Go automated store technology to larger-format stores, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The most natural fit for an application of this expanded technology would be Amazon’s own grocery-store chain,Whole Foods. This new use case greatly expands the use […]
Amazon is testing out its cashierless technology in bigger stores, The Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon’s cashierless checkout tech tracks the items that shoppers take from shelves and charges them automatically. The Journal reports Amazon could roll the tech out to Whole Foods. Amazon is testing out its cashierless checkout […]
Salads sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart are being recalled due to listeria and salmonella concerns. While salad seems like a healthy choice, ordering a salad in a restaurant or buying ready-to-eat vegetables can put you at risk of food poisoning. Salads bring together raw foods that have […]
In January, I quit Amazon Prime because I didn’t think I was getting my money’s worth. I didn’t miss the service for months – until I starting thinking about the deals and free delivery I was missing out on at Whole Foods. Amazon‘s Whole Foods deal is a ploy to […]
Instacart is a delivery company that pairs customers with personal shoppers to delivery groceries to their homes. It partners with 300 chains across North America. In 2016, it signed a five-year contract with Whole Foods to become its exclusive delivery partner. In 2017, Whole Foods was acquired by Amazon. Instacart’s […]
Amazon acquired Whole Foods last year to cut the prices of organic groceries and reach a wider range of customers. But Sprouts Farmers Market has seen “very little share loss in markets where it overlaps with Whole Foods,” according to a team of UBS analysts including Mark Carden. “Most of […]
It seems that every large retailer in the United States is rolling out new curbside pickup options. Amazon recently rolled out its Prime Now pickup option at Whole Foods locations in Sacramento, California, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Drive-up or curbside pickup options are quickly becoming the hottest offering in retail. […]
Amazon recently launched a curbside pickup service at two Whole Foods locations. Walmart has been operating a similar service since piloting a grocery pickup program in 2013. I went to Whole Foods to test Amazon’s curbside pickup service against Walmart’s – and there was a clear winner. Amazon is not […]
Aldi is planning to expand grocery delivery services to all US stores, Aldi US CEO Jason Hart told Business Insider. The company will start testing curbside pickup as well, Hart said. Aldi is slowly ramping up its investment in delivery and pickup amid fierce competition from Walmart,Kroger, and Amazon for […]
Aldi is adding more fresh, organic, vegetarian, and vegan items to its US stores in what will be the biggest product refresh in its history. Once the product rollout is complete in early 2019, about 20% of the items in Aldi stores will be new, it says. Some of those […]
Lhakpa Sherpa holds the women’s world record for Mount Everest summits. She’s reached the peak nine times, and says she’s readying to complete trek number 10 in 2019. For the 10 months of the year when she’s not guiding people up the world’s tallest mountain, Sherpa washes dishes at a […]
Grocery prices have fallen since Amazon‘s purchase of Whole Foods last year. Prices in the US fell 0.3% in the 12 months ending in June, compared to a 0.6% increase over the same period last year, according to data from Adobe Analytics. “Amazon is having downward pressure on pricing when […]
The Fresh Market is closing 15 stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The high-end grocery chain has been under pressure amid fierce pricing competition in the grocery industry. Whole Foods, which is one of Fresh Market’s strongest direct competitors, has been cutting […]
AmazonPrime members can earn up to $US30 for shopping at Whole Foods this week. Amazon is offering the deals in celebration of Prime Day, its biggest shopping holiday of the year. Prime Day kicks off Monday at 3 p.m. ET. Amazon also plans to showcase special deals on its Alexa-enabled […]
Amazon‘s annual Prime Day, its Black Friday-like holiday in summer, is landing July 16 and promises 36 hours of deals online for Prime members. This year, Amazon is expanding the discounts to include all 445 Whole Foods stores in the United States. The stores will offer special discounts on “high-quality […]
Amazon has expanded its Whole Foods discounts, and it’s designed to place Prime front and center. Cashiers now ask customers whether they’re Prime members upon checkout, and the stores are covered with signs advertising the sales. It marks the first time that Prime, Amazon’s most important customer offering, has jumped […]
AmazonPrime discounts rolled out to all Whole Foods stores on Wednesday. Discounts include 10% off sale items at Whole Foods and weekly promotions on best-selling items. I went to a Whole Foods store in Richmond, Virginia, and found signs advertising Prime member deals in every aisle. Amazon is giving Prime […]
“Microtrips” to Whole Foods are up 8.7% chainwide since the grocer was acquired by Amazon for more than $US13 billion last year, according to InMarket. Microtrips are defined as trips that take less than five minutes. The growth is likely driven by customers who are visiting Whole Foods stores to […]
I tested Amazon’s free, two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores. I loved the convenience of the service but was shocked to find that it wasn’t technically free. The app tacks on an optional tip for the courier that cost me $US18, on top of the $US163 that I paid for […]
Amazon is rapidly expanding its free two-hour delivery service from Whole Foods stores through Prime Now. Billed as an additional option for grocery delivery, it’s actually a huge change in strategy. Delivering directly from stores instead of from a fulfillment center could be a way for Amazon to crack grocery […]
Wegmans has been voted the best grocery store chain in the United States for the third consecutive year, according to Market Force Information’s annual survey. In 2017, Wegmans tied for first place with Publix. These two regional chains were ranked highest in terms of store cleanliness and item availability. Wegmans […]
Whole Foods is keeping more of its projects under wraps, according to insiders. “I’ve been in meetings where I’ve been asked to leave,” a corporate employee at Whole Foods’ global headquarters in Austin, Texas, told Business Insider. Whole Foods’ chief information officer, Jason Buechel, discussed the shift to less transparency […]
Whole Foods and Sprouts are popular grocery giants that market healthy, fresh foods. I visited Whole Foods and Sprouts in Oakland, California, to compare prices and quality to see which store came out on top. Although both had good deals, Whole Foods had cheaper prices on more items, and Amazon […]
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said that the grocery chain’s same-store sales were growing again under Amazon but that the two companies have had “many, many” clashes where he has had to “speak truth to power” and Amazon has “backed off.” Mackey made the remarks Tuesday during an internal companywide […]
Amazon quietly updated the logos for all of its Prime services earlier this year, dropping the word Amazon. Prime is now a brand in its own right. It signifies Amazon is taking Prime beyond the Amazon-branded ecosystem as it heads into Whole Foods stores and elsewhere. Earlier this year, Amazon […]
Vons topped a ranking of grocery chains where vegetarians and others seeking meat alternatives are most likely to shop. The West Coast chain triumphed over rivals including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Vons is a 112-year-old grocery chain that has a cult following in Southern California and Nevada. Vons – […]
Whole Foods employees have been given blue, Amazon Prime-branded accessories to wear. They come with an apparent new slogan for the Prime discounts: “Savings to smile about.” The new clothing is rolling out as Amazon adds its Prime discounts to Whole Foods stores across the country. Whole Foods shoppers who […]
The Chinese tech giant Alibaba is expanding aggressively into physical retail through investments in a variety of product categories to push its “New Retail” strategy of combining online and offline shopping. Its most critical New Retail venture has been Hema Xiansheng, a futuristic supermarket launched in 2015 that offers free […]
Amazon keeps adding more perks to its Prime membership. It announced in May that substantial discounts for Prime members would roll out in Whole Foods stores this summer. The total value of Prime benefits has been pegged at $US785 a year in value, according to JP Morgan analysts. Taking that […]
Wegmans,Amazon, and Patagonia are all wildly popular companies in the US. They all appeared on The Harris Poll’s 2019 ranking of the companies with the best reputations. The rankings were based on factors like emotional appeal, vision, and social responsibility. Wegmans,Amazon, and Patagonia are well-liked companies. That’s what the Harris […]
Kroger is partnering with the UK-based Ocado to build warehouses designed to pack a 50-item grocery order in minutes. The deal will give Ocado immense power to shape the future of the grocery industry in the United States. Ocado’s chief technology officer, Paul Clarke, offered a glimpse of what’s to […]
AmazonPrime discounts will be available at all Whole Foods stores starting Wednesday. Discounts include 10% off sale items at Whole Foods and weekly promotions on best-selling items. The deals initially rolled out last month at Whole Foods stores in 13 states. Amazon is giving Prime members 10% off sale items […]
Whole Foods is facing a backlash on Twitter after a restaurant called Yellow Fever opened in its new 365 store in Long Beach, California. The restaurant is not owned by Whole Foods. It is an independent company that has partnered up with the grocery chain to open in its store. […]
Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market are health food stores with locations all over the US. Both grocers sell mostly natural or organic products and have fresh salad and juice bars, sandwich counters, and pre-made foods for purchase. They also both have partnerships with Instacart to deliver groceries on demand. […]
A Kmart store in North Carolina repeatedly overcharged customers, according to five separate state inspections. The store’s scanners charged shoppers higher prices than those advertised on shelves. The scanning violations should serve as a reminder that shoppers should always check their receipts to make sure they are being properly charged. […]
Kraft Heinz is launching Springboard Brands, a business focused on finding and growing organic, natural, and “super-premium” food brands. The company says consumers are increasingly searching for certified-organic foods that are locally sourced and plant-based. Kraft Heinz is appealing to emerging natural and organic brands at a time when some […]
Kohl’s is adding Aldi to as many as 10 of its locations as the department-store chain looks to drive more traffic to its big-box stores. If Whole Foods struck a similar deal with Kohl’s, it would expose the grocer to tens of millions of new customers and make it a […]
Amazon is considering adding popular consumer packaged goods like Coca-Cola to Whole Foods stores, Yahoo Finance reports. The change would go against Whole Foods’ ban on food containing artificial preservatives, colours, flavours, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. Whole Foods told Business Insider that its culture will “naturally evolve” under Amazon, but […]
Goldman Sachs’ Gregg Lemkau says that there was a rumour that President Trump might try to personally intervene to block Amazon’s $US13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods. The move would have been motivated by animosity between Trump and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, said Lemkau. Goldman Sachs’ Gregg Lemkau said that […]
Amazon is now offering two-hour deliveries from select Whole Foods stores through its Prime Now service. Amazon couriers are already outnumbering couriers from Instacart at one Whole Foods store in Austin, an employee told Business Insider. The service will be rolled out nationwide, which could threaten Instacart’s business in Whole […]
Whole Foods is charging brands more money for prime shelf space and introducing new fees. It has also stopped paying shipping fees for some products and dropped minimum-order requirements. Some small and local vendors say the fees are damaging their business and they’re considering cutting ties with Whole Foods as […]
Amazon‘s two-hour delivery service is coming to Whole Foods. Whole Foods delivery will be integrated with the Prime Now service, which is available for Amazon Prime members. Members can use the app or the website to shop the “vast majority” of Whole Foods stores online. Amazon has brought two-hour delivery […]
Whole Foods and Amazon are testing a service that provides two-hour delivery directly from Whole Foods stores. It’s part of Amazon’s efforts to sell more grocery items online and expand its Prime Now two-hour delivery service. Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods have started a trial program in four US […]
Whole Foods recently opened its seventh Whole Foods 365 grocery store. It’s part of a new chain of budget-oriented grocery stores with a focus on the retailer’s private-label brand. The newest Whole Foods 365 store in Brooklyn, New York, competes directly with nearby Trader Joe’s stores by having lower prices […]
Amazon says it will fix Whole Foods’ problems with empty shelves. An Amazon executive blamed the issues on the weather and heightened demand following its acquisition of Whole Foods in August. Whole Foods employees say the problems are the result of a new inventory management system called order-to-shelf that Whole […]
Whole Foods uses checklists called “scorecards” and tests called “walks” to ensure stores comply with a new inventory-management system. Employees say the system has crushed morale and led to widespread food shortages. “The stress has created such a tense working environment,” a supervisor at a West Coast Whole Foods store […]
Barclays analysts say out-of-stock problems at Whole Foods are hurting the grocery chain’s sales and making it less of a threat to other grocers. “Until execution issues are resolved and broader price cuts are implemented – we believe traction on sales will stall, so for now the pressure on the […]
Kroger is in talks with Alibaba over a potential partnership, a source with knowledge of the situation told Business Insider. Alibaba could be lobbying to get Kroger to accept Alipay, its online payment system. Kroger could also be consulting with Alibaba for ways it can market and sell its products […]
Whole Foods’ corporate office has started requiring stores to leave shelves empty when they run out of products as part of its new inventory management system called order-to-shelf, or OTS. The company defends this practice in internal documents reviewed by Business Insider, saying it helps ensure out-of-stock items will get […]
Whole Foods employees say stores are suffering from food shortages because of a newly implemented inventory-management system called order-to-shelf, or OTS. Whole Foods says the system reduces unnecessary inventory, lowers costs, and frees up employees to focus on customer service. Employees acknowledge that less food is spoiling in storage rooms, […]
Whole Foods and Amazon turned out to be a winning combination in 2017, according to a look back at Amazon’s grocery business last year. The study showed that Amazon’s online grocery business is booming, and Whole Foods contributed significantly to that growth. Whole Foods and Amazon – two great tastes […]
Barclays analysts visited Whole Foods stores and found “entirely empty” shelves, displays, and hot food bars and produce that “appeared to have deteriorated.” The problem could be indicative of higher shopper traffic at Whole Foods but also lost sales. “This is a high class problem if in fact sales have […]
Speculation is swirling that Amazon could buy Target as the ecommerce giant moves to grow its presence in the physical retail world. Target would give Amazon access to nearly 2,000 stores, but it has too much overlap with Amazon in certain categories, according to Steve Dennis, the founder of retail […]
Whole Foods courted seven separate potential deal partners. The company read a news story about Amazon’s interest and reached out after feeling the heat from activist investors. Amazon played hardball, demanding secrecy and nearly walking away after Whole Foods made a $US45-per-share counteroffer. The day that Amazon and Whole Foods […]
Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value brand is now the No. 2-selling private-label brand that Amazon offers, according to a report by One Click Retail. The brand has generated $US10 million in online sales in the first four months since Amazon acquired Whole Foods. Amazon has sold $US10 million in Whole […]
Whole Foods shoppers complained about finding bruised, discolored, tasteless, and rotten produce in stores across the US. Shoppers also cited persistent out-of-stock issues. Many customers are blaming the problems on Amazon, which acquired Whole Foods in a $US13.7 billion deal in August. “Price reductions are appreciated but not at the […]
Whole Foods prices have increased 1% since the end of September, according to a new analysis. Prices are now just 1.1% lower than before the Amazon acquisition. The prices of produce fell 4.9%, while snack foods rose 5.2%, dry grocery rose 2.5%, beverages and bakery each rose 1.3%, and frozen […]
Whole Foods has released its predictions of the 10 food and drink trends that will be big in 2018. It includes the likes of super powders and mushroom-based dishes. The list is based on the experiences of global buyers and experts. Whole Foods Market has revealed its predictions on what […]
When Blue Apron was preparing for its initial public offering earlier this year, its selling point, like that of many startups, was rapid growth and leadership in an emerging market. But the company’s claims to preeminence in the app-based food delivery business took a hit even before it went public […]
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