Regarding the announcement from Amazon on the online retailer’s intent to acquire Whole Foods, Supply Chain Matters committed to feature a number of follow-up opinion commentaries, both from this blog as well as external sources. 

We would like to call reader attention to the report: Amazon may face limits in cutting Whole Foods prices, published in Supermarket News this week. The reporter, Mark Hamstra, does a great job of uncovering potential impacts to branded natural foods and organic suppliers that may or may not benefit from Amazon’s subsequent integration strategies.

This author had the opportunity to provide added perspectives from a supply chain cost and distribution perspective. Namely, that both companies will need to focus at first on integration of practices, decision-making, technologies and other matters before they tackle the distribution piece.