Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: Amazon’s ‘moat’ just got wider — and that’s great for its investors

There’s a scene in “Demolition Man” where Sandra Bullock is driving Sylvester Stallone to a fancy dinner at Taco Bell. When he scoffs at the venue, she explains the restaurant is the only one that survived the “franchise wars” while he was cryogenically frozen for more than three decades.

“Now all restaurants are Taco Bell,” Bullock says.

To which a stunned Sly can only reply: “No way.”

Fast forward to 2017, and the notion of a stranglehold on an entire consumer segment doesn’t seem like science fiction at all. In fact, after Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +2.44% announced it would purchase Whole Foods Market Inc.

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