This week, he General Manager of Amazon France has confirmed that grocery deliveries are an option in the future and they are exploring possible models and partnership deals. In October, French Newspaper Le Monde said that Amazon has been investigating the possibility of either buying a major French grocery concern or partnering with one to offer distribution and deals as it seems the ecommerce giant is ever more enamoured with getting its share of the global groceries market. And France is firmly in Amazon’s sights.
Food is a strong development axis for Amazon since the launch of our Amazon Fresh offer in the U.S. in September 2016. We would very much like to launch this service in France, but everything in its own time. A launch represents an investment.
– Frederic Duval, General Manager, Amazon France
Duval went on to say that the Whole Foods deal represented the most significant step from Amazon in its grocery delivery mission.
It looks like Amazon is gradually developing its presence in France. The Amazon Prime Now express delivery service in Paris since 2016 and recently said that it would be creating 2000 news jobs in the Republic and has settled a long standing tax dispute with the French government too. And don’t forget that Amazon Business has also launched in France during 2018 offering goods and a B2B service specifically honed to business shoppers.
Last week a privately owed French supermarket operator Systeme U said that it was discussing a possible grocery supply deal with Amazon, although there has been no formal announcement made yet. Monoprix and Carrefour have also been linked to Amazon.