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Amazon and Whole Foods - Eat Your Kale and Have It Delivered Too?

The announcement that Amazon is buying Whole Foods Market for $13 billion took the grocery retail world, indeed the entire brick-and-mortar retail world, by storm. Competitors' stock prices plummeted and analysts scrambled to make sense of the deal. We used the TXN spending analytics software leveraging over 3 million credit and debit card accounts, to get some insight on the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition. Customer Base When looking at grocery store spend in the cohort of Amazon Prime members, Whole Foods tops the list with 33.3% of the cohort also spending at Whole Foods in the last 12 mo…

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Grocery Delivery is Ready for Big Time (Again)

Instacart, the grocery delivery startup, last week raised a massive $400 million round of funding, valuing the company at a whopping $3.4 billion. It seems that the grocery delivery service space is ready for big time...again. Fifteen years ago, the first dot-com bust notoriously disposed of Webvan, the previous internet grocery store that raised hundreds of millions of dollars. We used the TXN consumer spending analytics app (with a panel of over 3 million payment cards in the U.S.) to analyze the grocery delivery app landscape and see if grocery delivery's time has finally come: Over th…

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