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RetailNet shares Amazon insights

BY Michael Johnsen

WALTHAM, Mass. — Amazon is on a course trajectory that will see the online juggernaut command 30% of all online sales by 2016, according to a RetailNet Group projection shared by Keith Anderson, VP digital strategy, during a recent webcast on GMDC Connect, powered by Telepresence.

As part of a session titled “Amazon in Focus,” Anderson provided a comprehensive understanding of Amazon’s complex business model in one hour.

What’s most important to Amazon’s success is that shoppers perceive the retailer sells virtually everything that is available. Amazon has positioned itself as the go-to for product research, Anderson noted. “Amazon now is the preferred starting point for product research for around 30% of those researching products online, which is [more than] double the percentage that start with Google,” he said.

The AmazonFresh expansion could change the economics of same-day delivery with high-frequency deliveries on Amazon trucks, as opposed to Fed-Ex or UPS, plus 200,000 general merchandise SKUs. “Somewhere between a half dozen and 20 markets, everywhere from New York City to perhaps Dallas, Denver, Phoenix … are under consideration for expansion next year.”

“… AmazonFresh really represents in the end the ability, we believe, to offer same-day delivery … profitably to as much as 80% of the population,” Anderson suggested. “More realistically over the next 18 to 36 months, 50% of the population.”

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Publix donates $25,000 to Food for All

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets has donated $25,000 to a local hunger-relief organization, the Florida-based supermarket chain said.

Publix made the donation to Food for All as part of its Sprinkle Joy campaign, announced earlier this month on its Facebook and Twitter pages, allowing users to make virtual holiday cookies; the filling of the cookie jar triggered donations to charitable organizations.

"The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends and to create those special moments that sprinkle the most joy in our lives," Publix director of media and community relations Maria Brous said. "This holiday season, we wanted the joy and service our customers experience in our stores to be extended to our online social platforms and communities we serve. Inviting our customers to give back and make a difference to those in most need this holiday season has been the most rewarding experience."

 

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Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation donates more than $3.2 million to charity

BY Alaric DeArment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The philanthropic arm of supermarket operator Bi-Lo Holdings is donating more than $3 million to charities in the South, the company said.

The Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation said it would donate about $3.2 million to 281 non-profit organizations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, particularly organizations focused on hunger, education, health, women and children. Bi-Lo Holdings operates the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarket banners.

"The Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation is thankful for the immense support and contributions of our suppliers that enable us to provide these funds to the local organizations who work tirelessly to make our communities better places to live," Bi-Lo Holdings SVP marketing and foundation president Mary Kellmanson said. "We look forward to growing our relationships with these organizations over the next year."

 

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