Earth Fare: R.I.P

Earth Fare, begun as a single natural foods store in Asheville, NC, in 1975, was one of the first in the U.S. independent natural...

2020 Retailer Playbook

At WholeFoods Magazine, we address our monthly commentary toward U.S. independent natural products retailers. We do this out of our belief that it is...

Transaction or Human Connection?

Hearts Ever play hearts? It is an odd card game because there are two ways to win: ending with the fewest, or no points; or...

Amazon-Whole Foods Two Years In

We’ve now twice lapped Amazon’s August, 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods Markets. With the benefit of hindsight, do we believe Amazon was executing a...

Noble Work

In the 1960s, as the world worried about a population explosion that would cause global food shortages, chemical companies reassured Americans that, with technology,...

Bringing Sales Home with “Buy Local”

In December, we reported excerpts from our conversation with Michael Kanter, co-founder 45 years ago of Cambridge Naturals, in Cambridge, MA. Michael was one...

Preparing Your Store for Sale – Part Two

In September, we outlined the most important steps we believe you need to take to get your store ready for a successful sale. To...

Preparing Your Store For Sale – Part One

If you are like the majority of owners of U.S. independent natural organic products stores, you are the founder. You may have started your...

One Year on — Amazon Whole Foods

Next month, Amazon will reach its first anniversary owning Whole Foods Market. How’s it doing so far? As we expected, Amazon will not spend...
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Amazon Whole Foods – One Year On

A year ago this week, the retail world changed forever when Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey announced ecommerce behemoth Amazon.com was buying the...