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Whole Foods Market to usher in Prime Day with early sales—and money back

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon is using Whole Foods Market to kick off Prime Day in a big way.

Leading up to Prime Day on July 16, the online giant will offer a week of deals at Whole Foods stores. It’s even offering an incentive: Prime members who spend $10 at Whole Foods from July 11 through July 17 will receive a $10 Amazon account credit to use during the 36-hour sales event. Prime Day kicks off on July 16 and will last 36 hours.

Throughout the week, Whole Foods will also feature sales on select seasonal items, including fresh produce, meats, and grocery items. Amazon Prime Rewards Visa cardmembers will also earn 10% back at Whole Foods, up to $400 in purchases, throughout the pre-sale, as well as during the 36-hour Prime Day shopping event.

Amazon is also using the pre-sale week to drive some business for its Prime Now grocery delivery service. Prime members who try Prime Now before July 17, will receive $10 off their order, as well as $10 to use towards a future order.

This will be the first year that Whole Foods is part of Amazon’s Prime Day sale. In addition to snagging deep discounts on select popular products during Prime Day, customers will also get an additional 10% off hundreds of sale items throughout Whole Foods stores.

“Since Amazon acquired Whole Foods 13 months ago, it has been steadily integrating the grocery chain and its loyal customers. Prime Day deals connected to Whole Foods further integrates the grocery chain into the Amazon family and sets up a potentially lucrative 36-hour shopping period July 16-17,” said Tom Caporaso, CEO of Clarus Commerce.

“The fact that Amazon will launch this incentive for Prime members on July 11, is a very smart move, generating excitement and engagement around Whole Foods and Prime Day itself,” he added. “Amazon’s focus is and has always been on its customers and taking the friction out of shopping. By adding Whole Foods benefits to Prime, 100 million consumers now have a very good reason to shop there – or better yet – a reason not to shop elsewhere.”

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Walmart in same-day delivery grocery push via Jet.com

BY Marianne Wilson

Walmart is upping the ante in the grocery delivery wars in one of the nation’s most competitive markets.

“This is a key building block that is part of Jet’s strategy focused on urban centers and will help us build personal relationships with customers while offering them a unique assortment, tailored experience and personal service,” said Simon Belsham, president of Jet.com.

Walmart’s Jet.com division announced it will open a fulfillment center in New York City, in the Bronx, that will support same-day and next-day delivery throughout the city. The center will exclusively house Jet inventory, which includes groceries and everyday essentials.

To support its delivery efforts, Jet is partnering with Parcel, a last-mile delivery start-up Walmart acquired https://www.chainstoreage.com/technology/walmart-ups-same-day-delivery-capabilities-big-apple-acquisition/ last October. It provides customers with live updates via text messages about delivery status.

In offering same-day delivery in New York City, Jet.com will compete with Target, which offers same-day delivery for in-store purchases to part of the city for a fee. Also, Amazon Prime provides same-day grocery delivery in the city.

Jet’s headquarters are in Hoboken, New Jersey. The company said the new center will create hundreds of jobs in the New York area.

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Macy’s reportedly suffers a data breach

BY CSA Staff

Cyber-criminals gained access to profiles of Macy’s online customers.

According to a letter mailed to online customers last week, Macy’s detected suspicious login activities on June 11, according to The Cincinnati Business Courier, which cited the Detroit Free Press.

According to the report, a third party obtained customer information, including customers’ user names and passwords, through websites not related to the Macy’s brands. This information was used to gain access to “a small number” of online customers’ accounts, including customers’ full names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdays and debit or credit card numbers with expiration dates. The breach took place between April 26 and June 12.

Upon learning about the incident, Macy’s blocked customer accounts that were compromised, and sent a letter to potentially impacted customers. Following a thorough investigation, Macy’s addressed the cause and, as a precaution, implemented additional security measures, the Cincinnati Business Courier revealed.

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