Let's get physical: the new retailing

Let's get physical: the new retailing

Regular readers will remember the special in-depth feature we published on e-tail giant Amazon (US:AMZ) last year and its steady advance on the retail sector. Many industry insiders have credited the 'e-tailer' with forcing change in the industry, not just in the general evolution of online shopping, but also with logistics and technology. And yet, despite Amazon's modern business model, the group is still expanding its physical retail space, opening a bricks-and-mortar bookshop in Seattle in November 2015. At last count, there were plans for five more stores across the United States - to join the three already operating in Seattle, Portland and San Diego - as well as several pick-up locations across California. Unlike the bookshops, these new locations will allow customers to drive in, park, pick up their items and leave in under 15 minutes - effectively a click-and-collect depot under Amazon's auspice.

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