• 365 by Whole Foods Market—once upheld as the cheaper version of Whole Foods—will not add to its current roster of 12 locations, given the lack in price distinction between the brands. 365 first opened in 2016 and operates a smaller storefront of about 30,000 square feet as opposed to the 50,000-square-foot full-sized stores. Meanwhile, Whole Foods is eyeing the lower-cost real estate that once housed Sears and Kmart for its own expansion.
  • Men are now more likely than women to price compare on Amazon before finalizing a purchase, according to a study by the consumer analytics firm First Insight Inc. While in 2017, 67% of women were likely to check prices compared to 54% of men, the tables have turned to 69% of men and 63% of women.
  • IMDb, which Amazon acquired back in 1998, launched Freedive, a free, ad-supported streaming service with select TV shows and movies accessible to all. Viewers can also glean information about the cast, music and others involved in production via IMDb’s X-Ray service. The move melds discovery, which IMDb has honed from the beginning, with streaming, which Amazon has turned to with Prime and Twitch. The site plans to expand its media offering based on customer feedback, but raises questions about whether it will ultimately be folded into Amazon Prime, which requires a subscription.
  • Amazon is bringing a Prime Day look-alike to India—the Amazon Great Indian Sale, from January 20-24. The move comes just before India’s commerce and industry ministry enacts new legislation on February 1 banning ecommerce companies from owning inventory or controlling pricing. Amazon’s sales holiday will offer discounts on a litany of brands—and unsurprisingly, on Amazon’s private labels.