Amazon will look at building mini distribution centers into some of the Whole Foods stores through redesigns that expand "backroom" space and shrink shopping areas, he said.
The mini fulfillment sites would feed Amazon's expanding grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh, which is currently available in 21 metro areas in the U.S.
What retail space remains in the Whole Foods store could incorporate Amazon's small convenience store concept, Amazon Go, which eliminates checkout lines by allowing shoppers with an Amazon Go app to grab what they want from the store and walk out.
"You could see a conventional shopping store on one side, Amazon Go on another side and a distribution center in the back or some combination of the three," he said. "The biggest challenge for Amazon will be the physical store space and figuring out how they move that around."
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