The history of online grocery operations is a checkered one, littered with the remains of such star-crossed endeavors as Webvan, Streamline, HomeRuns, ShopLink and Priceline's WebHouse, among others. Yet the notion of selling groceries online to consumers refuses to die. Indeed, in the last few years it has staged something of a revival. Emblematic of that revival is the success of a New York City-based, Internet-only operator named FreshDirect. In January, FreshDirect announced ...

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