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Reuters has a story suggesting that even while Amazon pushes into the bricks-and-mortar retailing business with its proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, it remains behind its Chinese brethren that "are already digesting hefty bricks-and-mortar deals, taking the lead in the battle to transform supermarket shopping with big data and better supply chains."

Among their investments - "Alibaba has invested over $9.3 billion in offline retail stores since 2015, including supermarket chain Sanjiang, department store Intime Retail Group and Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd, one of China's biggest offline retailers ... bought Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Chinese online platform Yihaodian for about $1.5 billion in shares in 2016."

Reuters reports that Amazon plans to charge $2.8 million apiece for advertising packages that will run on its streaming of 10 National Football League Thursday night games during the coming season. The story says that "for each game, Amazon can sell 10 30-second spots."

Those games will be made available free-of-charge to Amazon Prime members, in an effort to expand the program's already considerable appeal. Amazon is paying the NFL $50 million for the streaming rights to the games, which also will be shown on broadcast television by NBC or CBS.
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