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Amazon brings Prime Now to Denver

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

SEATTLE — Shoppers in Denver are getting their first taste of Amazon Prime Now.

The service, which is exclusive to the online giant’s Prime members, provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items, from household and daily essentials to electronics, games and outdoor supplies. Area Prime members can order through Amazon’s Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, Amazon’s web site, or “speak” orders to their Alexa device.

Members also can order fresh grocery products through Amazon’s partnership with from Sprouts Farmers Market. This merchandise includes seasonal and organic produce, fresh meat and seafood, baked goods and natural vitamins.

Fresh orders are also eligible for free two-hour delivery. One-hour delivery is available for a fee of $7.99. Prime Now and Sprouts deliveries are available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, according to Amazon.

“We are excited to continue enhancing the Prime experience for customers in Denver with Amazon’s fastest delivery method yet, Prime Now,” said Simoina Vasen, director of Prime Now.

Prime Now is available in more than 30 cities in the U.S.

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Kroger Q1 total sales up 4.9% to $36.3 billion

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Thursday reported net earnings of $303 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, and a decline in identical supermarket sales , without fuel, of 0.2% in the first quarter of 2017.

"We remain focused on our strategy," stated Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO Kroger. "This will make a difference for our customers and create value for our shareholders. We are running the business with an eye toward where the customer is going. Customers tell us they want to connect with us in multiple ways with the help of friendly associates to easily provide meals to their families at prices that enable them to stretch their budgets. We are committed to providing that experience, and we will not lose on price."

Total sales increased 4.9% to $36.3 billion in the first quarter. Total sales, excluding fuel, increased 2.9% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year.  The recent merger with ModernHEALTH contributed to sales growth, Kroger noted.  

Kroger lowered its 2017 GAAP net earnings guidance for 53 weeks to $1.74-$1.79 per diluted share and continues to expect identical supermarket sales growth, excluding fuel, of flat to 1% growth for 2017.   

The company continues to expect capital investments excluding mergers, acquisitions and purchases of leased facilities, to be in the $3.2 billion to $3.5 billion range for 2017.

 

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Giant partners with Instacart on same-day delivery in Philadelphia

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Instacart is expanding its same-day delivery in Phiadelphia through Giant, the grocer announced Thursday.

"This partnership with Instacart gives our customers in the greater Philadelphia area another convenient delivery option," stated Tom Lenkevich, president of Giant. "From quality to convenience, our job is to provide the best possible experience for our shoppers, and now that includes providing them with a same-day delivery solution."

"Instacart has always been about bringing customers' favorite stores, groceries and essentials directly to their doorsteps," said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart's chief business officer. "Giant is loved by its customers, and we believe Philadelphia residents will enjoy the added convenience, not to mention having one less errand to run."

Instacart and its partner supermarkets have been making a slew of expansion announcements of late, inlcuding Giant's sister division Stop & Shop in Boston.

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