Retail grocery giant The Kroger Co. may be in the market to buy online retailer

Cincinnati-based Kroger also is a potential suitor for another online leader, Boxed, according to a story in the New York Post.

Kroger’s interest in Overstock follows a December announcement by Overstock’s CEO, Patrick Byrne, that he plans to sell or reorganize the company.

Boxed could be sold for $500 million, according to a story in Forbes cited in the Post story.

Kroger’s possible pursuit of Overstock and Boxed is the latest bid by industry leaders to combine brick-and-mortar with digital, highlighted by Amazon’s 2017 purchase of Whole Foods and Walmart’s 2016 purchase of