Alcohol is big business—sure, cannabis is starting to encroach on the after work ‘take the edge off’ market, but alcohol remains as American as apple pie (which is also a type of moonshine). Among changing demographics, social attitudes, and relationships to substances, we thought it was a good time to put our finger on the pulse of the drinking nation.
There’s always something new and remarkable floating down the Amazon, along with a good amount of flotsam and jetsam, of course, so sometimes it seems difficult to keep up with Amazon’s delta. Over the last ten days alone, stories have emerged about product expansion, shipping changes, public relations flops relating to factory conditions…and their biggest retail event of the year.
When you are the biggest name in retail and retail is only one of your rackets, everyday is going to bring one kind of development or another. Recently, everything has been coming up Amazon except for one cheeky Brit who may signal problems down the road.
So, rather than sorting through all those Google alerts, allow us to fill your cart with a load of retail market research Amazon updates. Oh, and always buy through Smile (you’re welcome, SDLGBTQ Center!)
Amazon Gets Into Professional Beauty
Amazon has long sold beauty products—in fact, your humble blogger recently migrated his Aveda Be Curly hair product purchases to Amazon, where he has long been purchasing face wash, lotion, and all the other male grooming essentials. No, they don’t come with the free gift that Nordstrom offers, but they are fast, reliable, and will come in the same shipment as my iPhone screen protectors (of which I go through about one per week).
Grocery is starting to get better at grab-and-go prepared foods, putting their best food forward as they step into a millennial-driven trend that sees an increased demand for clean and convenient mealtime options.
Amazon Prime is getting faster, recently announcing a new 1-day delivery standard rolling out in Q2 of this year. This is a big deal, which is sure to heighten consumer’s expectations across omnichannel, increase the cost of doing business online, and change retail’s competitive landscape.
As the blurred lines and contested overlaps of omnichannel retail continue, Wayfair announced this week that Autumn 2019 will see the opening of its first brick and mortar store in Natick, a suburb of Boston.