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Some chains have classical musicians play as shoppers wander from wine sections to sushi stations or meet friends for a bite. "Now, Amazon can offer the critical ability to touch, see, hear and smell groceries, while creating a localized, national delivery network for better, fresher food, fast". When they walk out of the store, the payment is instantaneous; no more waiting to check out, which is the biggest complaint that consumers have of grocery stores.

"All stores are not going away, it's just a matter of finding the store/online equilibrium", Credit Suisse analysts said in a note.

Over the last one year, Amazon's share price has grown roughly 38%, thanks to its solid loyalty program in Prime, Fulfillment By Amazon, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and initiatives around Internet of Things (IoT). Kroger has almost 2,800 stores that operate under a variety of names. In an email to customers, the company said it planned to maintain the same standards under Amazon, including bans on artificial flavors and colors. For example, as an alternative to home delivery, Amazon could allow customers to pick up their package at the nearest Whole Foods and earn bonus points or some other reward for helping the retailer reduce its shipping costs. You point out that 24 percent of millennials bought something from Whole Foods a year ago. It announced Friday that it's buying online men's clothing retailer Bonobos for $310 million, following a string of online acquisitions including ModCloth and Moosejaw.

But shares of Whole Foods shot up 29.1 percent to close at $42.68, while Amazon jumped 2.4 percent to $987.71, a gain of $11.3 billion in market capitalization, close to the value of the deal itself.

JP Morgan analyst Ken Goldman noted that Sprouts Farmers Market, which is known for its low prices on natural and organic products, could become a more likely target for acquisition. A handful of analysts have been distasteful on the acquisition the prominent tech company has done; this also puts a ripple on the United States grocery industry, its impact will soon follow on its new business venture. The top 10 grocery retailers plus Amazon control less than half of the market, according to John Blackledge, an analyst at Cowen & Co. Groceries are a key driver of traffic at Wal-Mart's stores, and the company is working on several ways to ensure that customers continue to visit its outlets for groceries. That's only a 1.4 percent premium over the price offered by Amazon, but it's enough to send a clear signal.

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An Amazon spokesman denied that job cuts are in the works for Whole Foods. Something bigger is at play, despite what its PR would tell us.

"Dominant players like Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Target now have to look over their shoulders at the Amazon train coming down the tracks", O'Shea said. Lidl is a deep discounter and just opened its first stores in the USA, while Aldi is expanding its presence. "We expect continued downward pressure on pricing from intense retail competition, driven by retailers like Walmart, Aldi and Lidl and online retailers, too". The U.S. grocery industry has annual sales between $700 and $800 billion.

The company also has been testing sensors at a convenience store in Seattle to track items as shoppers put them into baskets or return them to the shelf.

Whole Foods Market will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand and source from trusted vendors and partners around the world.