Amazon today said it would , making it the largest acquisition for the company by far.
The next-closest , which happened all the way back in 2009. Since then it’s made a few big-ticket purchases like Twitch (around $1 billion) and Kiva Systems (), but each one still pales in comparison to the bid it made today. And probably for good reason — Amazon is buying a wildly complex operation of grocery stores and logistical operations that keep those up and running.
Today’s bid for Whole Foods pits . Walmart recently acquired online retailer Jet. The company also . But Amazon’s huge purchase — larger by a mile than any it’s done before — . It may just go to show how serious Amazon is about getting into grocery delivery and potentially brick-and-mortar operations if it’s willing to make an acquisition with a wildly high price tag compared to anything it’s done before.
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