Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods opens up all types of questions, not least of which are the operational logistics behind the merger.

Amazon stakes much of its reputation in its rapid delivery and shipping services and the Whole Foods acquisition represents new opportunities for the supply chain world. In an editorial piece, Jeff Berman, an editor at Logistics Management, writes, “it’s fair to say the distribution pipeline at Amazon will now be more grocery-centric than it has ever been. While Whole Foods brings a lot of physical store locations to Amazon, it now also brings more online ordering and fulfillment opportunities, too, something which Amazon has proven to be quite adept at doing.”

Writing for Mother Jones, Matt Tinoco says the purchase of Whole Foods moves Amazon deeper into the grocery business and opens up the possibility of ordering food with Amazon Alexa. That just got easier with Whole Foods in the Amazon family.

“Instead of building a grocery logistics network itself, Amazon will now have access to a logistics chain that’s already shipshape and able to provide grocery shoppers with fine food products and locally sourced produce,” Tinoco writes.

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