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Amazon has said it expects to wrap up the sale by the end of the year, drastically altering not only the grocery business but also Amazon's e-commerce kingdom. If the deal goes through, Amazon — already by far the nation's biggest e-commerce company, with annual online sales more than 5½ times those of No. 2 Apple Inc., according to the market research company eMarketer — would get Whole Foods' more than 460 brick-and-mortar stores, as well as priceless data about its shoppers.
It also led the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union to fire off a letter urging Whole Foods' board on Wednesday to protect the grocery chain's workers.
"Amazon is well known for disrupting industries, but they are equally known for their preference of putting automation over real people," said the letter, which was signed by the union's president, Marc Perrone.
.@Marc_Perrone to @WholeFoods board of directors: "These hard-working men & women are not numbers on a balance sheet...they matter to us.”