Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
“Fierce urgency of now”: This year-long project aims to fill the gap on inequality reporting in Memphis
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
June 4, 2013, 2:40 p.m.
LINK: preview.reuters.com  ➚   |   Posted by: Joshua Benton   |   June 4, 2013

Reuters’ Alistair Barr reports that Amazon is planning to get into the grocery business:

The company has been testing AmazonFresh in its hometown of Seattle for at least five years, delivering fresh produce such as eggs, strawberries and meat with its own fleet of trucks.

Amazon is now planning to expand its grocery business outside Seattle for the first time, starting with Los Angeles as early as this week and the San Francisco Bay Area later this year, according to the two people who were not authorized to speak publicly…

Bill Bishop, a prominent supermarket analyst and consultant, said the company was targeting as many as 40 markets, without divulging how he knew of Amazon’s plans.

Why does this matter to news? As Ken Doctor wrote in these pages last summer, Amazon’s invasion of local retail will only put more pressure on media that relies on local businesses for advertising dollars — most notably, newspapers.

Those grocery-store inserts you get in your Sunday paper (if you get a Sunday paper, that is) are very important to your local daily’s bottom line, and they’ve been one of the few relative bright spots in recent years. It seems unlikely Amazon would approach advertising the same way Kroger does.

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 45,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
“Fierce urgency of now”: This year-long project aims to fill the gap on inequality reporting in Memphis
“Memphis is a microcosm of what’s going on in a lot of urban centers around the country. It’s an extreme example of what happens when things go wrong and and aren’t fixed for a long time.”
Matter’s first post-election class: a focus on inclusion, activism, and even security
In the Trump era, Matter says its mission to build a “more informed, empathetic, and inclusive society” is more vital than ever.
Newsonomics: The Daily’s Michael Barbaro on becoming a personality, learning to focus, and Maggie Haberman’s singing
“To be a Times reporter is to be in some ways a raconteur, right? A lot of the journalists here are great, great storytellers at a bar…I think The Daily taps into that great oral tradition of journalists, enthusiastically talking about a story in a way they’re excited about, and it gets people excited about it.”