Do you prefer to shop in brick-and-mortar stores where you can see and feel what you’re going to buy? Or do you prefer to shop online where you can read reviews and compare prices easily? Amazon may be bringing you the best of both worlds very soon.
Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon will be opening its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City just in time for the 2014 holiday season. The Amazon store, located at 7 W. 34th Street across from the Empire State Building, will be “meant primarily to be a place for customers to pick up orders they’ve made online, but will also serve as a distribution center for couriers and likely one day will feature Amazon devices like Kindle e-readers, Fire smartphones and Fire TV set-top boxes, according to people familiar with the company’s thinking,” according to the article.
See, The Wall Street Journal, Amazon to Open First Brick-and-Mortar Site.
Having a local store may offer delivery options for those who want to order online from Amazon but can’t have their packages delivered to their home or office. Returns of unwanted packages may become easier too. Amazon currently offers pick up and returns of packages at lockers in public places such as convenience stores and parking garages in certain locations in the US, but the company doesn’t offer a shipping discount for returns to its lockers.
The New York store may be a way for customers to see and try out Amazon’s products such as the Fire phone, Kindle Fire tablets and Paperwhite ereaders. Customers could see demonstrations of features such as Dynamic Perspective on the Fire phone and the Mayday button on the Kindle Fire HDX, Fire Phone and Fire TV.
Initially the New York store won’t be “The Everything Store,” it won’t have much inventory and certainly not the entire selection of Amazon’s offerings.
This news is the latest in a series of surprising moves that have expanded the scope of Amazon from being “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore” to becoming “The Everything Store.” With Amazon we have learned to “expect the unexpected.” Last year, Amazon announced that drone deliveries may begin in 2015. See, Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery: Cool, Convenient or Creepy? [Poll]
Amazon has grown so broadly and so quickly that it’s easy for us to forget how far the company has come in such a short time. Check out this infographic for an illustrative reminder of Amazon’s history:
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Other Amazon News
Amazon just announced that beginning today Prime members will be getting early access to Lightning Deals during the holiday season. From Amazon, “Prime members will receive 30-minutes early access to select Lightning Deals on Amazon.com and daily sales events on MyHabit.com. By taking advantage of this early access, members can find great deals on gifts and holiday essentials all season long. Customers can find all of today’s deals at Amazon.com/Deals and MyHabit.com.”
Are you excited about the idea of an Amazon store? Do you hope an Amazon store opens in your area? Will you still shop online? Which products would you like to see at an Amazon store? Let us know in the Comments section below!
If you’re a fan of LEGO building blocks, construction vehicles and/or cool tech, check out this video about the development of a remote-controlled LEGO wheel-loader. Working with Volvo, the designers at LEGO replicated the L350F model wheel loader that you can build in the new Technics kit.
“We tried to make it as realistic as possible, so it drives, steers and lifts the load just like the real thing. “You can also remove the oil filters, the radiator-door swings out, pistons move and the engine is painted green, just like in the real thing,” said LEGO’s head of marketing and design manager Jeppe Juul Jensen.
* Top Amazon image (edited) courtesy of Simon via Pixabay and Creative Commons
** Second Amazon image courtesy of Robert Scoble via Flickr and Creative Commons