Amazon-owned Whole Foods has opened what Crain’s New York Business describes as “Whole Foods Market Daily, which focuses on grab-and-go snacks with self-checkout lanes. The bodega-sized offering, at the corner of 7th Avenue and West 25th Street, offers a way to pick up breakfast or lunch without navigating the cart-filled aisles of the roughly 40,000-square-foot regular Whole Foods market next door.”

The convenience store-sized unit also offers a new coffee, juice and kombucha bar, a build-your-own station for acai bowls, and a variety of local items.

KC's View: Interesting that not only is this store next to a full-sized Whole Foods, but it also is just blocks away from Amazon Books and the Amazon Four-Star store … it is yet another demonstration of how Amazon-Whole Foods is positioning itself to challenge traditional retail on a variety of fronts.

I’ll be curious to see how the Market Daily compares with, say, the terrific Green Zebra stores that Lisa Sedlar runs in Portland, Oregon.

I also wonder what this format might tell us about the much-speculated-about chain of supermarkets that Amazon is said to be getting to start opening later this year. Maybe nothing … except that Amazon learns from everything.