Amazon to Become Major Produce Shipper With Purchase of Whole Foods

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor - Transport Topics

With its pending purchase of the Whole Foods grocery chain, Amazon.com Inc. will become a major shipper of fresh produce, a transport market that has always been difficult and is now getting even more challenging.

The mandate for electronic logging devices, highway congestion and federal food safety regulation are combining to make longhaul trucking of produce ever more difficult, said veteran intermodal executives Tom Finkbiner and Ted Prince, who offered a briefing on food transport on June 27, organized by investment firm Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. 

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