Dive Brief:

  • Amazon founder/CEO Jeff Bezos and Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen continue to meet together about forging some kind of deal—perhaps to bring Dish’s planned 5G network focused on supporting the internet of things to Amazon Prime members, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal picked up widely by other outlets. Rumors of discussions between the two titans first surfaced in May, but, while a deal was expected to be announced then, according to the trade journal Satellite Business News, nothing so far has materialized.
  • Meanwhile, Amazon has added to its wine collection, under the label “Next” from the family-run King Estate Winery. Unlike Trader Joe’s famous “two-buck Chuck” wines, the Next wines from King Vintners sell at about $20 to $40 dollars per bottle.
  • Finally, this fall Amazon is opening its latest campus pickup location at DePaul University in Chicago, the second in that city, reports the Chicago Tribune. The service can be used by the neighborhood’s non-collegiate Amazon Prime members and won’t include a store, according to the report. It will also be used to grow Prime, which now boasts 85 million U.S. members, according to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners emailed to Retail Dive.

Dive Insight:

It doesn’t look like its massive deal to acquire Whole Foods is doing much to distract Amazon from ongoing tests, dry runs and plans…