Il futuro del retail all’epoca di Amazon

[Illustration: Zohar Lazar]
AICEX: Anziché provare ad essere come Amazon si dovrebbe provare ad essere ciò che Amazon non può essere. Questo anche perché inseguire Amazon significa fallimento quasi certo.
As Jeff Bezos’s juggernaut continues to grow, forward-thinking competitors are finding creative ways to succeed—and be what Amazon can never be.

The Mall of America’s terrazzo floors, glazed white like doughnut frosting, ribbon out in every direction, creating a vast mirror maze of consumerism with 520 glassy storefronts. Shoppers, who have escaped an endlessly gray Bloomington, Minnesota, sky on a Monday morning in October, drift through the largest mall in the United States like tourists at an Atlantic City buffet. A couple holding hands strolls into a Zales while buttery perfumes emanate from an Auntie Anne’s next door. Kids and some willing parents fling around on the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge roller coaster, one of 27 rides at the Nickelodeon-branded amusement park on-site. Distant echoes of saxophone Muzak clash with both elevator whirs and bubbly pop songs. Somewhere in this otherworldly commercial expanse are five Lids stores and four Sunglass Huts.

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Fortune: 5 motivi per i quali Amazon aprira’ altri negozi fisici

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AICEX: IL CANALE FISICO CONSENTE MODALITA’ DI RELAZIONE NON OTTENIBILI CON CANALI DIGITALI.

Amazon’s seventh physical store opening—the latest in New York City last week—might seem rather counterintuitive. Why would a company that is responsible for the demise of many bricks-and-mortar retail stores bother to open its own physical stores? Yet, from a strategic standpoint, brick-and-mortar stores are not a slip backward into book retailing, but rather a step forward toward establishing a unique, cross-category, omni-channel approach. There are several ways in which physical stores might benefit Amazon:

Content discovery
Amazon’s online bookstore is a place where customers can easily find the book they are looking for. But its huge inventory comes at a cost: There is simply too much choice available for consumers who are unsure about what they want to read. Amazon.com—the pioneer of “one-click” online purchasing—is a great option for customers who like to save time when shopping, but its brick-and-mortar stores work better for customers who want to spend time discovering new reads. To this end, Amazon makes it easy by curating lists of books by consumer ratings, and even the speed of reading the content, as measured by Kindle data.

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Forbes: Perchè e come Warby Parker sta aprendo negozi fisici

AICEX: Continuare a pensare al fisico e al digitale come a due competitor ha davvero poco senso. Per le signore le sneakers e le scarpe col tacco più che in competizione sono spesso complementari e sinergiche. Certo vanno sapute utilizzare nelle occasioni giuste e con le persone giuste, chiamasi time to market, personalizzazione, personal branding, posizionamento, etc…

The retail landscape is changing…again.

It’s well known that many “clicks and bricks” retailers are shifting focus away from the “bricks” and more toward the “clicks.” Some, like Kenneth Cole and Bebe, are eliminating physical stores entirely. Credit Suisse predicts that nearly 8,600 stores will close this year. As this shift toward e-commerce evolves, brands and retailers have been overlooking an important opportunity. When considering an omni-channel strategy, many have focused on e-commerce at the expense of the in-store experience, rather than optimizing each channel independently.

I believe that the physical store will always have a place in the omni-channel ecosystem and that retailers can optimize this revenue channel while still focusing on e-commerce. Yet the look, size and function of the store will have to change. Retailers and brands will have to “rightsize” their physical store footprint and adopt in-store mobile technology to become more effective to serve and satisfy customer needs to drive loyalty and repeat purchase.

Physical Stores Are Here To Stay

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