Amazon announces changes at Whole Foods

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Amazon.com won't waste any time in making its presence felt at Whole Foods.

Amazon’s purchase of the chain grocery stores, which was announced in June 2017, cleared regulatory hurdles and will close Aug. 28, 2017. Amazon says it will move that day on lowering prices on staples, which include meat and produce, nationwide—a move that we expected. Amazon says this is only the beginning with respect to lower prices.

Furthermore, Amazon says Whole Foods’ private-label products will be available through Amazon.com and that Amazon Lockers, where consumers can have packages delivered or where they can ship returns, will be available in select Whole Food stores. No details or timetable was announced.

Finally, Amazon says that as soon as the technical integration between the two companies is complete, Amazon Prime will deliver rewards at Whole Foods stores for Prime members. Amazon says those rewards will include special savings and in-store benefits.