Amazon to Launch Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stores?

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Ready to shop Amazon.com … at your local strip mall?

The online retail giant has been awarded a patent for a small-store building design, according to Web site Tech Flash, setting off speculation that Amazon is looking to launch a brick-and-mortar presence.

“What’s Amazon’s strategy here?”

wrote Eric Engleman of Tech Flash May 26

. “Amazon briefly experimented with pickup locations for its Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service in the Seattle area, and the black and white images submitted with the patent application look a like those pickup stations.”

The pictures accompanying the patent application show a single-story structure with one door and an overhead awning. via homemediamagazine

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