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Michelle
Michelle
6/23/2017 | 2:51:32 PM
hmm...
This is a really interesting story. I can see the motivation for wanting a non-AWS service for Walmart. They are rivals, after all. This is where rivalry gets tricky, however. Amazon isn't just a seller of goods. I'm just glad I'm not on any of the teams dealing with all this drama!
Scott_Ferguson
Scott_Ferguson
6/23/2017 | 3:17:28 PM
Re: hmm...
@Michelle: It's very typical of business for the the last 20 years or so. A company starts out in one areas, grows, and then starts moving into whole new areas. When Amazon was selling only books, I'm sure Wal-Mart didn't care. Now, it's selling books and everything else and, oh, we happen to have this huge cloud business. A lot like how Google started in search and now it's everywhere.

 
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
6/23/2017 | 4:17:53 PM
Re: hmm...
And Microsoft made computer languages and Apple made PCs and so on. Particularly common in tech. 

Slack founder Stewart Butterfield has built TWO successful companies, which is extraordinary. In both cases, he was actually trying to start a gaming company, and in neither case did the gaming component ever get anywhere. 
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
6/23/2017 | 4:27:47 PM
Walmart isn't interested in Whole Foods
Following up on a passing mention in the story above: Reuters is now reporting that Walmart isn't interested in bidding on Whole Foods.
Michelle
Michelle
6/24/2017 | 6:56:16 PM
Re: hmm...
@Scott I didn't realize it was so common -- makes sense.

In the future, nobody will do business with anybody else because they compete with one another in multiple markets...
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
6/25/2017 | 12:16:49 PM
Re: Walmart isn't interested in Whole Foods
Though Walmart may take a pass, Kroger and others in the food business may make bids in order to avoid "being Amazoned."
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
6/26/2017 | 10:51:08 AM
Re: Walmart isn't interested in Whole Foods
Or they may just decide to tend to their own business. 
maryam@impact
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6/26/2017 | 12:59:02 PM
Re: Walmart isn't interested in Whole Foods
I think Walmart made the right decision their grocery consumer is completely different from the Whole Foods consumer trying to marry the two would be very difficult even as a blocking play. I think Amazon is going after whole foods to expand its grocery service Amazon Fresh more rapidly the stores will give them distribution almost immediately and they are experts at building Mass. I fully expect that Whole Food will became the new physical distribution point for Amazon Fresh and possibly Amazon Go as well as drive up shopping services that might include online products.It's the clicks getting the bricks!
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
6/26/2017 | 7:58:40 PM
Re: Walmart isn't interested in Whole Foods
This isn't really surprising. 

Walmart has long bullied suppliers. It's how the company has gotten to where it is. The problem with this approach is that this is much harder to do in technology. Suppliers often don't have choices. Technology companies have many more options at their disposal. 
mhhfive
mhhfive
6/26/2017 | 8:04:17 PM
Re: hmm...
I think Walmart's heavy handedness may be misplaced. Netflix uses AWS for its datacenters, and Amazon is a direct competitor! Walmart should stick to the philosophy of getting things done as efficiently as possible -- even if it means using competitive services along the way.
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