Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods One Year Later- Augmenting Food Supply Network and Distribution Capabilities
It has been a little over one-year since Amazon disrupted the natural and fresh food industry with its acquisition of Whole Foods. While many current one-year hence commentaries focus mainly on online customer impacts, Supply Chain Matters is of the belief that the evolving strategy thus far is one of augmenting supply network and distribution capabilities.
The likely first initiative for integrating the online and physical store merchandising, inventory management and customer fulfillment capabilities involved in the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods Market began to unfold this week.
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 call attention to a report published by Supermarket News that does a great job of uncovering impacts to branded natural foods and organic suppliers that may or may not benefit from Amazon’s subsequent integration strategies.