"Dominant players like Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Target now have to look over their shoulders at the Amazon train coming down the tracks", said Moody's lead retail analyst Charlie O'Shea.
In the United Kingdom, where there are Whole Foods stores, sell-offs wiped out almost $2billion (£1.5billion) from the value of stocks at grocers Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer, according to This Is Money. The deal is estimated to be worth almost $13.7 billion, at $42 per share.
'As Amazon enters the grocery market proper, it will put a lot more pressure on existing grocers, ' Neil Saunders, managing director of the research firm Global Data Retail, told the AP. But in the case of Amazon's (AMZN) planned $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods (WFM), those terms are no exaggeration. As more and more grocery stores have begun offering organic produce, Whole Foods is no longer people's only option. The agreement includes assumption of Whole Foods' net debt.
The AP reported that Campbell Soup, Hormel, General Mills and Sysco shares fell between 3.2 and 3.3 percent, while United Natural Foods shares dropped 8.6 percent. For example, when it comes to buying fresh food, we like to feel, see and touch the fruits and vegetables we're buying.
Amazon has been eyeing stores that could allow traditional in-store purchases, online ordering with on-site pickup and home delivery, using the stores' warehouses as distribution points. When Jana Partners LLC in April said it had raised its stake in Whole Foods in April and pushed for a sale of the company, Whole Foods interviewed several investment banks to hire an adviser to help defend against the activist hedge fund.
Amazon "will likely utilize Whole Foods' existing infrastructure to shake up the brick-and-mortar market", she said, "while taking advantage of its supply chain to make the online side of the business more cost-effective".
Whole Foods Market will still run physical stores under its own brand so the deal seems more about bringing Amazon's scale and expertise - especially in analytics - to bare.
On Friday, Whole Foods stock closed up 9.62 to 42.68 per share, a 29.1 percent jump.
Amazon is sitting on $21.5 billion in cash.
The acquisition could pose a bigger threat to Target, which has been building smaller stores in cities like NY to attract the affluent urban shoppers coveted by Whole Foods and Amazon, said Kurt Jetta, chief executive officer of TABS Analytics, a consumer products research firm.
The Whole Foods deal is expected to close in the second half of 2017, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.
Yes. The world's largest e-commerce company is now a very substantial brick-and-mortar food retailer. Selling produce online is hard.
Both Amazon and Whole Foods cater to younger consumers including millennials as well as the affluent. And the Whole Foods deal gives Amazon strong industry knowledge, something it knows it's lacking, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. And shoppers may be skittish about having Amazon take over one more element of their shopping experience.
The dollar DXY was largely flat against a basket of currencies after reversing earlier losses, while the price of gold fell. The US Federal Reserve raised rates for the second time this year, bringing the key interest rate up to 1.25 percent.
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