Amazon May Have Met its Match in the Grocery Aisles

August 2, 2023 Danielle Kaye, BPR

On a recent Friday afternoon, Amy Luu used her Prime account to scan into an Amazon Fresh grocery store in Washington, D.C. She walked through an automated gate, grabbed one avocado and left — without checking out at a register. Cameras in the store monitored what she took; Amazon sent her a receipt shortly afterward.

Amazon Cuts Jobs at Fresh Grocery Stores

July 28, 2023 Annie Palmer, CNBC

The company said it’s restructuring the in-store staffing and operations model at its Amazon Fresh stores in the U.S., and as a result is eliminating its “zone lead” role. Zone leads are lower-level management positions, with responsibilities including oversight of specific store departments and assisting with training new employees.

Amazon’s Palm Biometrics Rollout Reaches Denver-Area Whole Foods

Shoppers must first enroll in the Amazon One program, which can be done in less than a minute, according to Amazon. Payment is then made by hovering a palm over an Amazon One scanner at the checkout lane for a few seconds.

Walmart Chips Away at Amazon’s Lead in a Key Area: Wealthy Online Shoppers

Launched in 2020 as a competitor to Amazon Prime, Walmart+ is resonating with higher-income households eager to fend off inflation. At $98 a year, Walmart+ costs $41 less than Prime and offers many of the same perks, such as shipping discounts and video streaming. Walmart’s subscription service also has benefits Amazon can’t match, including discounted fuel at gas stations around the US.

Amazon Falls to H-E-B after Two Years as Top U.S Grocery Retailer, dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index Concludes

January 31, 2023 dunnhumby

dunnhumby, the global leader in customer data science, today released the sixth annual dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index (RPI), a comprehensive, nationwide study that examines the approximately $1 trillion U.S. grocery market. Three years after the pandemic upturned the grocery industry, H-E-B has regained its leadership position from Amazon with Costco following closely behind in second place. Amazon fell to third while Wegmans took the fourth spot for the third year in a row.