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Amazon announced that it has begun offering groceries for sale online in Canada, with more than 15,000 SKUs available. The company said that "a majority of items available in the Grocery store are eligible for free shipping or Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime."

At the same time, Amazon said it has launched an auto supplies store, stocking more than 200,000 items, "everything from car care products, jump starters, seat covers, windshield wiper blades and a wide variety of automotive tools and equipment."

Internet Retailer writes that this is one step closer "to the same-day grocery delivery service Amazon has been testing for several years in the U.S., first in Seattle and, since this summer, in Los Angeles. Called AmazonFresh, the U.S. grocery service offers both dry and perishable goods like fruit or meat. The e-retailer also offers same-day delivery services, though not for fresh groceries, in 11 U.S. markets: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, the New York metropolitan area, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Washington, DC, and San Bernardino, CA."
KC's View:
Not enough competition in Canada these days, what with Walmart and Target going head to head. Consumers are going to end up being the big winners up there … although I suspect it'll be a while until they see Amazon Fresh.