After Amazon-Whole Foods, Microsoft-Kroger: The Grocery Revolution Is Happening

Microsoft and Kroger are teaming up, challenging Amazon’s dominance in grocery innovation and pushing back against its takeover of an increasing number of corporate verticals, including cloud infrastructure in the form of Amazon Web Services. (Street Fight’s Mike Boland has predicted that Amazon will sell its grocery tech just as it’s done with AWS, taking an in-house innovation and transforming it into a cash cow.)

Amazon Plans to Set New Standard for On-Demand by Expanding 2-Hour Delivery

Amazon is planning a substantial expansion of its Whole Foods grocery stores, a move that will aim to put much of the nation’s deep-pocketed customers in range of its two-hour delivery service, Prime Now. Under the proposed changes, reported in the Wall Street Journal, Prime Now would become available from all Whole Foods stores.

Street Fight Daily: An Impending Ad-Blocking Nightmare, Should Consumers Sell Their Data?

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Gen-Z and Mobile Are a Developing Ad-Blocking Nightmare… If Privacy Is Dead, Some Argue, People Should Sell Their Data… Raise Report: Factual, Uberall, SOCi Secure New Funding…

Street Fight Daily: Buyers Lag on Mobile Programmatic, The Turn to Video Goes Multichannel

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… When It Comes to Mobile Programmatic, Buyers Are Behind… B2B Marketers Turn to Shorter Videos Across Many Channels to Engage Millennial Buyers… A Year After Amazon Devoured Whole Foods, Rivals Pursue Countermoves…

Street Fight Daily: Snap Wins With Programmatic AR Ads, How Cousins Subs Keeps It Local

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Snapchat’s Programmatic AR Ads Are Gaining Traction… Whole Foods Will Give Amazon Prime Customers 10% Off on Sale Items… Another Ad Tech Firm Reduces European Operations Ahead of GDPR…

Street Fight Daily: Google Monetizes Product Searches, Amazon’s Next Whole Foods Move

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google Partners with Retail Giants to Monetize Online Product Searches… Amazon Accidentally Revealed Its Next Plan for Whole Foods in a Job Posting… 10% Own an AI Device, 32% Plan to Get One, 58% Don’t Want Any…

Amazon Rolls Out Free Whole Foods Deliveries for Prime Members in San Francisco & Atlanta

Further encroaching on one of hyperlocal’s oldest verticals, Amazon sent shivers down the spines of grocers in San Francisco and Atlanta on Tuesday, announcing it would begin delivering Whole Foods orders for free to Prime members in those cities.

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Rolls Out Free Whole Foods Deliveries, Google Sells Zagat

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Rolls Out Free Whole Foods Deliveries for Prime Members in San Francisco & Atlanta… Google Is Selling Off Zagat… SMB OS Operators, Part I: Upserve…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon Begins Whole Foods Deliveries, SEO Metrics To Bear in Mind

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon Begins Offering Whole Foods Deliveries via Prime… SEO Metrics You Should Be Tracking But Probably Aren’t… A Crazy Idea for Funding Local News: Charge People for It…

Whole Foods Comes Out a Brand Winner on Super Bowl Sunday

Eagles fans weren’t the only ones cheering about Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Upscale grocery chains like Whole Foods saw increases in foot traffic in the hours before kickoff, even while multi-purpose stores like Walmart saw fewer shoppers than normal, according to newly released data from Simpli.fi.

Street Fight Daily: Snap Shows Signs of Life, GroundTruth Launches New Platform

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Snap Shares Skyrocket As It Makes Ad Buying Easier and Sees User Growth… Understanding the B2B Content Marketing Landscape… Poll: Facebook’s Algorithm Change Isn’t All Bad for Publishers…

Street Fight Daily: In-House Programmatic Expands, Facebook Demotes Engagement-Baiting Posts

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Transparency and Brand-Safety Concerns Drive Expansion of In-House Programmatic… Facebook Will Soon Demote Posts That Beg for Likes, Comments, and Shares… Refinery29 Lays Off Staff, Citing a ‘Correction in the Digital Media Space’…

Street Fight Daily: Whole Foods Prices Cut for Prime Members, How Patch Makes Local Profitable

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon and Whole Foods Reveal New Price Cuts for Prime Members… How Patch’s CEO Makes Hyperlocal Profitable… Google Maps Gets a Redesign…

Street Fight Daily: Duopoly’s Strength Exceeds Expectations, Pubs Struggle with Apple News

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Google and Facebook Tighten Grip on US Digital Ad Market… Publishers Continue to Encounter Problems with Apple New… Alphabet’s Waymo Wants Uber to Pay $2.6 Billion for Single Stolen Trade Secret…

Street Fight Daily: Digital Habits Disrupt Grocery, What New iPhones Mean for Brands

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Deloitte Study Shows 51% of Grocery Purchases Influenced by Digital, Urges Action… End of an Era: Amazon’s 1-Click Patent Expires, Opening Practice to Rivals… Google Relaxes Policy on Subscription Sites, Lending Publishers a Hand…

The New ‘Location, Location, Location’ in Retail

“The new consumer (and search) paradigm favors small-scale, hyper-focused boutiques close to population centers as opposed to horizontal big box retailers on suburban commercial strips,” David Mihm says to Mike Blumenthal in their bi-weekly conversation.

Street Fight Daily: Expedia CEO to Be Offered Uber Job, Consumer Brands Cut Ad Spend

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Will Be Offered Job as Uber CEO… CPG Ad Cuts Raise Tough Questions for Digital Media… Food Delivery Creates Tech Headache for Some U.S. Restaurants…

Street Fight Daily: Amazon’s Grocery Disruption Begins, Retailers Embrace Direct Mail

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Amazon to Lower Whole Foods Prices Monday and Offer Prime Members Benefits Soon… Why Data-Driven Retailers Are Learning to Love Direct Mail… Two Uber Investors Seek to Defend Kalanick in Legal Battle…

Street Fight Daily: Users Stand by Uber Despite Scandals, FTC Clears Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Despite the Drama, Uber Reports Strong User Growth and Financial Outlook… Amazon’s Whole Foods Deal Clears Last Two Major Hurdles… Paid-Search Advertising Still Outranks Social in Performance…

How 5 Brands Use Geo-Targeting to Fuel In-Store Sales

By serving mobile ads based on users’ geographic locations, brands can avoid these types of blunders and hone in on the type of hyper-specific messaging that boosts engagement and click-through rates.