Amazon begins two-hour Whole Foods delivery service via Prime Now

It’s been nearly six months since the announcement of the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition, and more tangible evidence is being released about new services that the tie-up will bring to the grocery distribution supply chain. Late last week, Amazon launched a new two-hour delivery service for food from select Whole Foods Market locations in the United […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 12, 2018

Perishables Power Play: How forwarders are adapting to e-commerce disruption

Less than three hours after the chartered 747-8 freighter, named “The Spirit of Panalpina,” touched down at the U.K.’s Stansted Airport, the last load of frozen guacamole was in the hands of the customer in Braintree, Essex. The pale-green concoction of fresh mashed avocados, tomatoes, onions, garlic and other spices was chilled to precisely -18°C, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 1, 2018

Alibaba pumps billions more dollars into China’s brick-and-mortar market [VIDEO]

Is Alibaba taking a page out of Amazon.com’s playbook? Alibaba Group announced this morning that it will acquire a 36.2 percent stake in Chinese supermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group for US$2.88 billion, an investment that “further underscores its commitment to ‘new retail,’” according to a company statement. The investment gives Alibaba a strategic foothold […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 20, 2017

Are drone deliveries the glue of Amazon, Whole Foods merger?

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods has, so far, produced discounted avocados. But, with US$13.7 billion on the line, we’re anticipating a lot more from the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, and much of that speculation has focused on how the two companies will merge/leverage their respective logistics strengths, and how that might impact future e-commerce logistics. Austin-based […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 30, 2017