Amazon.com Inc. thinks grocery is an essential piece of the retail pie that it is missing out on. And it’s hungry to capture more of
the market.

The e-commerce leader in June took a big step toward ramping up its perishable food sales by announcing its plans to acquire upscale grocer Whole Foods Market Inc. and its 448 U.S. and 13 Canadian stores for what many experts deem a modest price of $13.7 billion. At a time when Amazon is growing market share…

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