Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) continued its aggressive push into Canada on Thursday, Oct. 31, when it launched online grocery and auto shops. Already, the massive global online retailer has added 14 categories – including beauty, toys, and home goods – in the country this year.
Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT) also said in October it was expanding its online grocery service to Canada, but there are not other major competitors to Amazon in this market. Food e-commerce makes up a minute proportion of the grocery sales in Canada – a fraction of 1 percent – but could grow tenfold by 2025, according to consultancy Booz & Co.
Walmart, which recently began selling non-perishable goods online in Canada, said it is considering expanding into fresh and frozen grocery offerings in the country. "We are talking to our customers to understand what they need beyond" non-refrigerated packaged goods, Walmart Canada spokesperson Susan Schutta told The Globe and Mail.
The Amazon.ca Grocery store (www.amazon.ca/grocery) includes 15,000 dry grocery SKUs, while the site's Auto store features "one of Canada's largest selections of automotive items, from key brands such as Camco, Curt, OTC, Schumacher, Battery Tender, and more," according to an Amazon statement.
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