Amazon Enters Grocery Biz
You can buy books at the grocery store. Why not groceries at the book store? Amazon.com has reentered the previously precarious online grocery market by offering nonperishable food items like pasta, ramen, and canned goods.
The online bookseller is still limited to about 10,000 products, but Amazon announced on its website that as it is able to offer better prices and free shipping, more products will be added.
“Most items are available only in bulk quantities, making it a good choice if you don’t want to pay to join wholesale stores like Sam’s Club,” writes Mark Raby.
“We try and offer our customers one-destination shopping where they can find everything they need, and groceries are something our customers have been asking for,” Amazon spokeswoman Tracy Ogden told Reuters.
“As with any of our stores, we are always looking to increase our selection.”
Both sources hearken back to the dotcom bust of 2001 when online grocers like Webvan and WebHouse went belly-up.