* Amazon is expanding into brick-and-mortar retail
* New concepts will change real-world retail
* Cashier-less stores and drive-in grocery stores are only the start
Amazon is by far the biggest player in the online shopping game. In the near 25 years since its founding, the online retailer has risen to dominate the field. Originally founded as a vendor of compact discs, computer hardware, computer software, videos and books, Amazon has since expanded into all verticals, from high-end fashion and jewelry, to groceries, electronics and housewares.
So what’s next for the world’s leading online retailer? Taking its business offline. Amazon is expanding into real-world retail, changing the way we shop at the corner store. They’ve already open bookstores in several cities. Here are four other, brand-new Amazon concepts that will revolutionize brick-and-mortar retail as you know it.
1. Cashier-less Convenience Stores
Amazon is already testing this concept at its corporate campus in Seattle. You scan a code on a smartphone app when you enter the store. While you shop, artificial intelligence recognizes and registers everything you put in your basket (or return to a shelf). Instead of waiting in line to pay, you just go. The charges are automatically applied to your Amazon account.
2. The Treasure Truck
The Treasure Truck works like this: each day, Amazon will select one item to offer at a discount and distribute through the truck. Users who sign-up for the service receive a text alert when the truck is in their area. To claim the offer, purchase the item on Amazon and collect it from the truck at a pick-up location.
3. Drive-Through Grocery Stores
Officially dubbed “AmazonFresh Pickup” locations, this service will save you time when grocery shopping. You order in advance and select a pickup time. Then you pull into the lot, park and wait up to five minutes for a store employee to bring the order to your car.
4. Augmented Reality Furniture and Appliance Store
Consumers are hesitant to make major purchases without seeing the merchandise first to get a sense of how it will work in their home. Amazon’s solution is to build brick-and-mortar stores that use virtual reality to help the decision-making process.
It may have taken over the web, but Amazon is just getting started. With ideas like these, we can expect to see major shifts in the way people shop as Amazon continues to revolutionize retail.