Retail Roundup—Amazon in Australia, Peapod offers meal planning

Peapod's grocery delivery service is now available via DinnerTime's meal-planning app.

Peapod teams up with meal-planning startup

Meal-planning app DinnerTime and Peapod have teamed up to simplify the process of eating in. Peapod grocery delivery services are now an option on DinnerTime’s subscription-based service. The company generates meal recommendations suited to a user's personal or family preferences and customized based on weekly sale items. Users in eligible zip codes can then have Peapod deliver the necessary ingredients. (Baltimore Business Journal)

Amazon to launch in Australia

Amazon plans to launch online in Australia, marking the retailer’s first full-fledged dive into the Southern Hemisphere. The company is already looking for a location for its first Australian warehouse. Currently, consumers in Australia have to go to Amazon’s global store to buy physical items, wait 12 days for standard shipping and pay more for shipping. (The Seattle Times)

Central Grocers to sell off, close stores

Central Grocers, is closing nine Ultra Foods stores and will sell 22 Strack & Van Til stores in Illinois and Indiana. The underperforming Ultra Foods stores are part of a co-op. The company may also be selling off some operations and facilities. (Chicago Tribune)

FTC may block Rite Aid, Walgreens merger

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is said to be considering a lawsuit to block the $7 billion takeover of Rite Aid by Walgreens Boots Alliance. The timeline to complete the deal has been extended to July 31 while it is reviewed by antitrust regulators. (Bloomberg)