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Amazon launches free, two-hour Whole Foods deliveries in four markets

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Amazon is tapping into its Whole Foods Market acquisition to ramp up same-day delivery.

The online giant has launched free, two-hour delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now. The service debuted in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach. Amazon said it plans to expand the program nationwide this year.

Whole Foods has a section on Prime Now online, as well as on the Prime Now app, which is available on Android and iOS devices. The service enables customers to shop for fresh produce, high quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items. Select alcohol is also available for delivery.

Prime members receive free two-hour delivery. One-hour deliveries are $7.99 on orders of $35 or more. Whole Foods Market deliveries through Prime Now are available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to Amazon.

“We’re happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. “Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers’ lives even easier.”

Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in September 2017.

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President of Jet.com to join venture capital firm

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

The president of Walmart’s Jet.com is moving on.

Liza Landsman will join global venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in early spring as a venture partner. She will focus on consumer technology and commerce and be based out of the firm’s New York City office.

Landsman started out at Jet.com as the chief customer officer, and stayed with the company when it was acquired by Walmart in late 2016. She was subsequently named president of Jet.com after founder Marc Lore was appointed president and CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S., in a role that oversees all of the company e-commerce operations in the U.S.

Prior to Jet.com, Landsman was chief marketing officer and a member of the executive committee at E*Trade. Landsman also served as the digital global head at BlackRock, was responsible for firm-wide digital marketing strategy and operations. For a decade prior to BlackRock, Landsman headed customer engagement across Internet and mobile platforms through multiple senior management positions at Citigroup.

During her tenure at Jet.com, Landsman helped to successfully launch the brand online and via mobile. She also drove rapid user acquisition and growth.

An ardent advocate for social issues, Landsman helped launch Jet.com’s social good program, JetCares. She also signed the Equal Pay Pledge to support continued diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“I have centered my career around helping brands leverage data and insights to best serve the consumer, and I am excited to work with NEA and its partners to continue fostering innovative ideas and strategies for companies throughout their lifecycle,” said Landsman.

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Former Sears Holdings exec joins BJ’s digital team in new role

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

BJ’s Wholesale Club appointed a new executive to bolster its digital innovation.

Naveen Seshadri will take on the newly created position of VP, digital commerce and experience. In addition to focusing on the continued expansion of BJ’s omni capabilities, he will also lead digital customer experience strategy, e-commerce merchandising, digital marketing and digital insights and analytics.

Seshadri was previously COO for travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet, responsible for leading strategy and digital transformation. Prior to that, he held senior management positions at Sears Holdings, running product strategy and analytics initiatives.

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