Whole Foods CEO calls deal with Amazon 'whirlwind courtship'

"And when we huddled together, it was like we just had-we just had these big grins on our faces, like, 'These guys are wonderful, '" Mackey said.

TheStreet visited three grocery locations in New York's financial district, and of those three, Whole Foods noticeably thrived. We- we just hit the lottery, gang. "And it was like, 'This is gonna be so incredible'".

Whole Foods has been pressured as a key sales figure has declined. And- these guys are really smart people. "There was a sense that that was changing, and now [Amazon] is right in the middle of the industry if this deal goes through". "They put the customer first in everything they do and think backwards".

Whole Foods may just be the beginning. That's even if Amazon insists things will stay the same for a while.

At the all-hands meeting, Mackey said that Amazon may launch other supermarket brands with lower standards and prices once the companies complete their merger. That's a blow to rivals like Target and Wal-Mart, which boasted that physical as one thing they had over Amazon. Many said they had been told by managers not to speak to reporters. The top 10 grocery retailers plus Amazon control less than half of the market, Blackledge says, and a patchwork of several hundred grocery chains, convenience stores, dollars stores as well as mom and pop stores make up the remainder.

What exactly might these innovations be?

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Aaron Turner, a Los Angeles-based analyst who covers Grubhub for Wedbush Securities, wrote in a note to clients Monday that the tech giant's plans to buy Whole Foods for almost $14 billion set it up for a larger food ordering and delivery play.

On Friday, Amazon sent shockwaves through the world of retail by announcing its intention to buy upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7bn.

Jeff Wilke, Amazon's CEO of Worldwide Consumer who was on hand at the town hall last week, affirmed that Amazon did not want Whole Foods to change its standards on food quality, according to the transcript.

Any of the big grocery chains that bid on Whole Foods would likely win antitrust approval to buy the premium grocery chain, according to three antitrust experts. It's gonna be an awesome team for our team member base.

Amazon has been on the edge of the grocery business for a while. It is famous for its willingness to lose money year after year due to low prices and big investments in the company, so long as it is vastly increasing the customer base. Her daughter Bethany Capels agrees and says she likes Whole Foods for the organic fruits she can serve her kids. "That's going to make us a lot better company, a more competitive company", he said. Whole Foods will be a lab of sorts for Amazon.

"Very few entities could outbid" Amazon, Short said. The company has blamed the struggles on the wider availability of organic and natural food at traditional retailers, and said it is working on efforts like a loyalty program to improve sales.

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