It appears that Amazon is acquiescing to the “Why should Internet retailers be exempt from collecting sales taxes” argument (I fully support that argument – level playing fields are always good for everyone) and trying to use that to further its market share by opening tens of major distribution centers around the US. That should make next-day or even same-day delivery a very real possibility for millions of shoppers (even, non-Prime ones).
Kudos to Amazon’s strategy and their ruthless drive for efficiency, automation and leveraging of economies of scale.
I wonder what Walmart’s response is going to be…Other retailers, especially those with showrooms, will have to figure out good reasons to have shoppers come into their stores to buy things. Maybe, eventually, anything that can be bought without without the need for a look/touch/feel will be bought on Amazon.