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Amazon brick and mortar stores?

November 3, 2015 Leave a comment
Amazon Books, the company's first brick-and-mortar store, will open tomorrow Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 in Seattle's University District. The retail space offers 5,000-6,000 books as well as technology devices like e-book readers.

Amazon Books, the company’s first brick-and-mortar store, will open tomorrow Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.

I was surprised, pleasantly, to read an article today about Amazon opening it’s first brick and mortar store in it’s home city of Seattle. For years, Amazon has been accused (probably rightfully so) of running small, and large bookstores (Borders?) out of business, so it’s nice to see that those types of stores may not go away entirely after all.

This may actually also be a brilliant move. With all of the customer data Amazon acquires on a minute by minute basis from their customers online, the opportunity to stock exactly what will be demanded in a certain geography at any given point in time is huge. Other retailers would sell their souls to know what the up-to-the-second purchasing trend is in their area and only inventory those items at that exact point in time. Again, Amazon is changing the game for everyone involved in that industry. And, it doesn’t hurt to have even more fulfillment options for their promised same day delivery…

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Shopping on Amazon could get much faster, and better…

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I’m a fairly frequent purchaser from amazon.com.  I love the convenience of having almost anything I can conceive of purchasing available in one place, and see multiple businesses to purchase it from, nearly assuring I get the lowest price possible.  I also have to admit that I have their shopping app downloaded on my Android phone and love being able to scan a UPC code at a physical store to price compare on the spot.  The downside has always been the wait to receive my item over buying it while I’m standing in a store that has the item in stock.

The attached link to an article on slate.com outlines a new strategy being employed by Amazon that could change this dynamic completely.  With local distribution centers in nearly every major market Amazon is making it possible to get next day shipping on almost everything, and possibly same day shipping if ordered early enough.  This is a definite game changer in the retail space that could be the final death blow that send some retailers into oblivion.

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/small_business/2012/07/amazon_same_day_delivery_how_the_e_commerce_giant_will_destroy_local_retail_.single.html?ref=linkedin