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• Amazon announced that it is expanding its one-hour Prime restaurant delivery service to the Washington, DC, market, offering "delivery from 150 popular restaurants, including Maketto, Ben's Next Door, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Kapnos, b DC Penn Quarter, and many more. Amazon Restaurants is expanding its delivery territory from Northern Virginia to customers in the Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, H Street, Shaw, and Downtown neighborhoods, to name a few."


• Merchant Distributors, a division of Alex Lee and distributor to more than 600 retail food stores as well as parent company to the Lowe's supermarket chain, said yesterday that it is working with SparkShoppe to develop a digital strategy that will "deliver significant shopper marketing and sales value for both independent retailers and the brands."


• SpartanNash, the Michigan-based wholesaler and retailer, said yesterday that it "plans to unveil a new e-commerce service that will allow customers to order products online and pick them up in store. SpartanNash will pilot the program with a Family Fare location in the greater Grand Rapids area in the first quarter of this year. If the project delivers the expected results, the retailer will roll out the program to an additional 25 stores by the end of this year. The pilot program is being powered by Unata.
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