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The partnership is the latest in Amazon's retail expansion efforts. The e-commerce company has been aggressively growing its physical presence in recent years, which now spans hundreds of Whole Foods stores to its own grocery pick-up spots and over 40 miniature pop-up stores located in the middle of shopping malls.
Here's a full list of Amazon's growing physical footprint:
So why is Amazon so focused on growing its physical presence?
One person familiar with the matter previously told CNBC that Amazon is seeing an uptick in online sales in the regions where it already has a physical outpost. While sales from each bookstore or pop-up store may not be incremental, they are fueling more purchases on the Amazon.com website. In fact, Amazon already sold about $500,000 worth of Whole Foods branded products online in the first week of making them available, according to Bloomberg.
But perhaps the bigger reason is to collect as much purchase data as possible and make better offers to its core Prime users. According to James Thomson, a former Amazon employee who now runs Buy Box Experts, Amazon's expansion into physical retail space will help gather more relevant data and learn more about specific shopping behavior.
"As Amazon becomes relevant in more overall purchase decisions, it will be able to combine all of the search and purchase behavior to develop even more refined offerings and shopping experiences for Amazon customers," he said.