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    Amazon Expanding Into the Grocery Business

    http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell...zon-is-coming/
    Brian

    #2
    It is hard to imagine myself wanting to buy groceries online, but I'm curious to see how well Amazon can do this. The idea of fresh food from Amazon seems impossible, but what do I know? I have ordered dry staples for someone else via Amazon, but it was not anywhere near competitive with supermarkets nor even with jacked-up price, urban, corner markets.
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      #3
      If they start selling groceries at a loss, that could certainly rock the sector.

      I shop on Amazon a lot but one thing I haven't generally bought was grocery items (except for Keurig coffee) because the prices were always higher than at my local stores once you added delivery costs (and even before delivery). If that changes, I could definitely see us ordering products on Amazon to save money, just like we do with so many other things.
      Steve

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        #4
        Originally posted by Joan.of.the.Arch View Post
        It is hard to imagine myself wanting to buy groceries online, but I'm curious to see how well Amazon can do this.
        A number of years ago, we used Home Runs, an online ordering and delivery service. The only downside of it was the price. The service made a point of hiring folks who were experts at picking the best produce, packaging items for minimum damage, etc. I don't think we really do much of a better job, shopping ourselves, than they did for us. We do save money, shopping for ourselves, which is balanced out by the time we have to spend doing it. It's worth it. If Amazon.com changes the math a bit, by offering the service at a premium closer to the value of our time, that could attract us.

        Originally posted by Joan.of.the.Arch View Post
        The idea of fresh food from Amazon seems impossible, but what do I know?
        Even with Home Runs, that wasn't a problem. I believe they were associated with Hannafords, and basically delivered, from local Hannafords warehouses, so conceptually we were getting food fresher than we may have gotten from the store.

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