Date
23 July 2018
Following the purchase of Whole Foods in the US last year, Amazon is seeking to expand its grocery delivery service in some overseas markets, including France. Photo: Bloomberg
Following the purchase of Whole Foods in the US last year, Amazon is seeking to expand its grocery delivery service in some overseas markets, including France. Photo: Bloomberg

Amazon eyes grocery delivery service in France

Amazon aims to launch grocery delivery service in France as part of global ambitions to expand in food retail, a company official said.

“(Food) is a strong development axis for Amazon since the launch of our Amazon Fresh offer in the US in September 2016,” Amazon’s general manager for France said in a newspaper interview, Reuters reports.

“We would very much like to launch this service in France, but everything in its own time. A launch represents an investment,” Frederic Duval told the Journal du Dimanche, according to the report.

The comments bolster expectations that following the purchase of Whole Foods in the United States last year, Amazon could next target the European food and supermarket sector.

Amazon has made small forays in that direction and has steadily been building its presence in France, where it has run its Amazon Prime Now express delivery service in Paris since 2016.

Systeme U, a privately-held French supermarket operator, said last week that it was discussing a possible grocery supply deal with Amazon, the report noted.

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