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Reports: Amazon takes on club retailers with Pantry

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Club retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club may have some competition from Amazon.com, according to published reports.

USA Today reported Thursday that the Seattle-based online retailer was creating a new business called Pantry that would allow members of its Amazon Prime premium service to buy consumer packaged goods in large quantities in a box of a pre-set size. Members will be able to put in as many items as the box can fit, up to a certain weight limit, and Amazon will ship the box for a small fee, as long as everything fits and isn’t too heavy.

According to the newspaper, senior manager in vendor engagement and consumables Billy Hegeman runs Pantry, which the company plans to launch in 2014.

 

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Amazon Wine offers 1-cent shipping on some wines

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Some orders placed on Amazon’s online wine store will be eligible for 1-cent shipping, the company said Thursday.

Amazon said more than 100 wine sellers had opted into the new program and would offer more than 1,000 labels of wine under it, and the company plans to increase the selection in the near future.

Participating wineries include Tudor Wines, Raymond Vineyards, Zaca Mesa Winery, Pellet Estate and Pepper Brudge Winery. The program is available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.

"Offering Amazon customers 1-cent shipping is a great opportunity to get Tudor Wines in front of a large number of holiday shoppers," Tudor Wines winemaker Dan Tudor said. "Amazon is one of the largest and strongest online shopping sites with an incredible brand reputation, and we view the Amazon Wine store as an extension of our e-commerce business."

 

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Keurig introduces college-branded brewers

BY Ryan Chavis

WATERBURY, Vt. — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters on Wednesday announced the introduction of college-branded Keurig K-Cup Mini Plus brewers, giving students and alumni even more reason to cheer during their daily coffee break.

“Our new collegiate collection of Keurig single cup brewers is a fun, creative way to allow passionate Keurig consumers to showcase their school spirit while enjoying the great variety of Keurig Brewed beverage,” Dwight Brown, SVP marketing, GMCR said.

The brewers are available in three colors: black, white or platinum. The NCAA Division 1 schools included in the collegiate collection include:

  • University of Arizona
     
  • University of Arkansas
     
  • University of Florida
     
  • University of Georgia
     
  • University of Miami (FL)
     
  • University of Mississippi
     
  • University of Nebraska
     
  • Rutgers University
     
  • University of Texas
     
  • Washington State University

The branded brewers retail for $99.99. Individual college decals are also available for purchase separately for $19.99 and can be applied to any of the Keurig Mini Plus brewers. Both the brewers and the decals are available exclusively on Keurig.com/college.

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