Amazon has secured a deal with Apple, a big grocery chain and other major retailers, in an effort to offer its own grocery products in the US.
The US Department of Agriculture has issued a preliminary order for the acquisition of the three major grocery retailers, including Kroger, Sobeys and Walgreens, the USDA announced.
The order does not specify the size or brand of the deal or its details.
The acquisition comes amid rising competition from other retailers such as Walmart and Amazon, which have become increasingly aggressive in buying and selling large amounts of groceries, a trend that has seen some retailers offer products directly to consumers, such as the grocery chain Whole Foods.
Walmart and Amazon both have been selling goods through Amazon Prime, which allows customers to get groceries delivered to their homes for free.
The two companies have previously announced similar deals with Walmart, which is expected to be the second-largest US grocery retailer by sales.
The three US-based companies also have agreements in place to sell products through AmazonFresh, the company’s grocery delivery service, which enables customers to pick up their groceries from participating grocery stores in the United States and Canada.