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• The Orange County Register reports that Amazon Fresh, having seen "positive results" in the Los Angeles market, has expanded its service to "Orange, Tustin, Garden Grove, Aliso Viejo, Santa Ana, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo in addition to Irvine, Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. All of Long Beach is also eligible for delivery, a company spokesperson said."

The story goes on to say that "as Amazon’s fledgling grocery service in Southern California widens its reach, some boutique food suppliers say the experiment has proven to be a boon for business.

"Huntington Meats saw sales go from single-digit growth to double digits after the first month of partnering with AmazonFresh, a doorstep food service that launched last summer in Los Angeles. The 30-year-old butcher shop, known for its top-grade meats and wild game, partnered with AmazonFresh last summer. Co-owner Jim Cascone said his meat market sells the 'whole store,' or 175 items, through the online site, from free-range chickens to ground elk.

"Demand for his specialty goods continues to soar and was boosted in recent weeks when the company expanded its service to most of Orange County."

However, "for other Amazon partners, the impact has been much less dramatic. Greg Daniels, executive chef-partner at Haven Collective, has been working with AmazonFresh the last six months. The company’s Provisions Market bottle and cheese shop in Old Towne Orange offers Amazon shoppers specialty cheeses, cured meats, chocolate and a wide selection of craft beer. 'Cheese is popular, and beer not too much yet,' said Daniels. 'It’s definitely brand exposure more than money'."

• The BBC reports that in the UK, Amazon has struck a deal with Doddle, described as "a new click-and-collect firm," that will allow Amazon shoppers to pick up their orders from British railway stations. The service is slated to launch in September.

This arrangement is separate from a deal hat Amazon reportedly has been negotiating with Transport for London, which would have allowed for the use of select London tube stations as collection points for Amazon shoppers. No deal has yet been reached on that project, according to the story.
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