Revolutionary Store concept? No. Did I come away with ideas? Yes. Did I buy anything? Yes. The Amazon 4-star store has echoes of its website. It’s been open a week or so in NYC.
A strength of the site, is how it nudges you to products you might buy/like based on other products or what you’ve bought before.
This mix brings new ideas to the idle browser (like me) but has little for the targeted shopper in store.
Amazon basics, products in full force along with an eclectic mix of best sellers. Sous-vides and air fryers near smart switches and kids toys. I’ve always wanted to see what the sous vide and air fryer looked like in real life and how much space they would take, so that was useful.
There was also a section for “trending in NYC” which seemed to be the Crazy Rich Asians book.
No fancy checkout or revolutionary store design. (In fact baskets and shelving seemed decidedly low cost Cf. No checkout grocery concept)
the customer service factor was apparent with a satisfaction machine present and helpful staff.
I sense there will be more evolutionary stores and an international offering coming soon. Shop was fairly full of people although not too much buying and nothing you couldn’t get online!
The current Arts blog, cross-over, the current investing blog. Cross fertilise, some thoughts on autism. Discover what the lastarts/business mingle was all about (sign up for invites to the next event in the list below).
My Op-Ed in the Financial Times (My Financial Times opinion article) about asking long-term questions surrounding sustainability and ESG.
A thought on how to die well and Mortality
How to live a life, well lived. Thoughts from a dying man. On play and playing games.
A provoking read on how to raise a feminist child.
Some popular posts: the commencement address; by NassimTaleb (Black Swan author, risk management philosopher), Neil Gaiman on making wonderful, fabulous, brilliant mistakes; JK Rowling on the benefits of failure. Charlie Munger on always inverting; Sheryl Sandberg on grief, resilience and gratitude.
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