Amazon experiments with groceries

Summary:Amazon appears to experimenting with grocery deliveries in Seattle. The invite only service, which was highlighted by Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, is dubbed Amazon Fresh and promises a fresh selection, value and convenience of grocery shopping online.

Amazon appears to experimenting with grocery deliveries in Seattle.

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The invite only service, which was highlighted by Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, is dubbed Amazon Fresh and promises a fresh selection, value and convenience of grocery shopping online.

Arrington makes the obvious comparison to Webvan and its flameout, but misses one key point: The online grocery model works and is being exhibited daily in New York City via FreshDirect. In fact, FreshDirect bought a big chunk of Webvan's equipment in a bankruptcy auction.

In fact, Amazon Fresh's graphical explainer looks almost identical to what you'd find on Fresh Direct.

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If this little Seattle experiment works out for Amazon can an acquisition of FreshDirect be that far behind?

I did a case study a few years ago on FreshDirect. It's an impressive operation that would tuck into Amazon nicely.

Topics: Amazon

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