Amazon’s strange moves
Bloomberg reported that less than a year after closing its acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is searching for bigger Whole Foods locations in cities that can serve as both grocery stores and urban distribution centers for delivering goods to online shoppers. This kind of makes sense, but questions must be asked: if Whole Foods was a good business, why mess with it? If it wasn’t, why did Amazon buy it? The confusion at Amazon’s end seems to be confirmed by the news that they are also working on a project to convert parking areas at existing Whole Foods stores into stalls for Amazon delivery contractors to load up their orders. A word of advice to Amazon: if you reduce parking space at a supermarket, your sales will drop. Just a basic law of nature as far as supermarkets are concerned.