Whole Foods

Where does Blue Apron go after Amazon wraps up its Whole Foods deal?

 Last week, Amazon said that its massive $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods is wrapping up on Monday — giving it access to one of the strongest food brands in the United States, as well as hundreds of grocery stores in metropolitan areas. That means it’s going to be easier and easier for people to get access to great ingredients, and there’s been a continued trickle… Read More

Equity podcast: Uber grows against all odds, Amazon makes Whole Foods cheaper, WeWork raises $4.4B

 Welcome back to Equity, our podcast for all things venture capital and tech business. I host along with Matthew Lynley and Alex Wilhelm, who was out-of-town (how dare he). This week we were joined by Rob Coneybeer, who is co-founder and managing director at Shasta Ventures. We talked about Uber (what else?!), which shared its growing financials, suggesting that people are still using the… Read More

Amazon says Whole Foods deal will close Monday, grocery prices will drop

 It’s official…Amazon says its purchase of Whole Foods will close on Monday. According to the release, “the two companies will together pursue the vision of making Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural and organic food affordable for everyone. As a down payment on that vision, Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices starting Monday on a selection of… Read More

FTC greenlights Amazon and Whole Foods deal

 The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is allowing Amazon to move forward in the process of purchasing Whole Foods. The $13.7 billion acquisition, which was announced in June, combines the e-commerce behemoth with a major grocery chain. The FTC has since been investigating whether the tie-up would decrease competition, ultimately deciding it needn’t pursue the matter further. Read More

Wal-Mart takes a cue from Amazon and applies for its own drone-deploying blimp patent

 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is taking on Amazon in what appears to be a copycat move — by applying for a drone-deploying blimp patent. You may recall Amazon filed a patent for a flying warehouse that will send drones to your door about a year ago. Now Walmart wants in on Amazon’s idea. The patent application, first noted in Bloomberg, shows the Walmart blimp would float about 500 to… Read More

Amazon Is the Topic Companies Can’t Avoid

CEOs are quizzed about the e-commerce giant all the time.

Blue Apron COO Matthew Wadiak steps down in post-IPO shakeup

 Blue Apron announced several changes at the executive level today, including co-founder Matthew Wadiak stepping down from the COO role to become a senior advisor. Wadiak’s changing role comes after a painful IPO for the meal kit delivery service, which first had to reduce its original IPO price and has since then seen a significant drop in its share price. Some good news finally hit… Read More

Democrats Push FTC to Scrutinize Amazon’s Whole Foods Purchase

More than a dozen Democrats are worried about access to healthy foods in so-called food deserts.

Retail Workers Union Has Strong Feelings About the Amazon Whole Foods Deal

The union sent a letter to antitrust enforcers warning about the dangers to workers and consumers.

Instacart CMO Cheryl Law is no longer at the company

 Instacart CMO Cheryl Law is no longer at the company, TechCrunch has learned. Instacart confirmed the departure. We were tipped off about her departure a bit before the whole Amazon making a $13.7B bid for Whole Foods thing went down. Law joined Instacart at the beginning of the year and was previously the CMO of Prosper. Instacart’s challenges can change on a nearly daily basis… Read More

Tesco launches one-hour grocery deliveries in London, powered by Quiqup

 The grocery delivery wars look set to get cooking… UK supermarket chain Tesco has announced the launch today of a one-hour delivery service in central London called Tesco Now — echoing Amazon’s Prime Now delivery branding. Read More

Walmart reportedly won’t bid for Whole Foods after Amazon’s huge offer

 Walmart isn’t actively considering a bid for Whole Foods, which Amazon said it would purchase for $13.7 billion last week, according to a report by Reuters. If so, that would remove a major obstacle to Amazon’s bid to acquire the grocery chain. Whole Foods has hundreds of stores across the U.S., which could give Amazon a foothold in the grocery business — and possibly food… Read More