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    Amazon getting into grocery business

    Soon I will have no need to leave my house!

    Amazon plans major move into grocery business - NBC News.com



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    Major markets... so they'll be here around 2020.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    There's a service like this in DC called Peapod. It sucks.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    My guess they have just been waiting for internet companies to lose their tax exemption on out of state sales. It sounds like the Marketplace Fairness Act is pretty close to passing, which probably set this in motion for Amazon.

    If Marketplace Fairness Act does pass, we are going to see a lot of smaller internet companies go out of business. The software and logic it will take to update a business' sales tax information for each state, county, city, etc. will be too much for a lot of smaller internet companies.

    One example I have heard is in Wisconsin the sale of an American flag or a Wisconsin flag does not have sales tax, but all other flags are taxed. This rule changes if the flag is sold packaged with a pole. Trying to update all of these taxes for all the different products for all the different rules like this would make my head explode.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    Quote Originally Posted by DistrictCyclone View Post
    There's a service like this in DC called Peapod. It sucks.
    "And if I'm hungry at 4:30 in the morning? PinkDot will deliver."


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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    My sister and her husband work from home. She is not so bad, she at least leaves the house to cart their son around, but i swear my brother-in-law never leaves the house. He has been ordering things like paper towels from Amazon for years so I am sure he will be on the grocery delivery train.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    Quote Originally Posted by Daserop View Post
    Soon I will have no need to leave my house!

    Amazon plans major move into grocery business - NBC News.com
    Can I download food samples to my Kindle?



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    Quote Originally Posted by carvers4math View Post
    My sister and her husband work from home. She is not so bad, she at least leaves the house to cart their son around, but i swear my brother-in-law never leaves the house. He has been ordering things like paper towels from Amazon for years so I am sure he will be on the grocery delivery train.
    I will say that since we signed up for Amazon Prime, we order a lot more through Amazon. Not quite to the level of ordering paper towels, but stuff like diapers, we definitely do. They're cheaper and they arrive in 2 days for no extra cost. It's much easier.


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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    Quote Originally Posted by RyCy04 View Post
    My guess they have just been waiting for internet companies to lose their tax exemption on out of state sales. It sounds like the Marketplace Fairness Act is pretty close to passing, which probably set this in motion for Amazon.

    If Marketplace Fairness Act does pass, we are going to see a lot of smaller internet companies go out of business. The software and logic it will take to update a business' sales tax information for each state, county, city, etc. will be too much for a lot of smaller internet companies.

    One example I have heard is in Wisconsin the sale of an American flag or a Wisconsin flag does not have sales tax, but all other flags are taxed. This rule changes if the flag is sold packaged with a pole. Trying to update all of these taxes for all the different products for all the different rules like this would make my head explode.

    I don't think it will have the affect you think. I design ecomm sites and it's pretty easy to set tax according to state. If it has to be broken down to county, city, etc then yes it could be a major headache. However, someone will develop a plugin for this and sell it for probably $100 per license. I'm going to be super busy with website updates once this passes.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    There's an easier way to get groceries delivered to you, at least there was in college.

    Get all liquored up and order a za. Tell the delivery kid you'll slip him a few Budweisers he he stops at the store and snags you Doritos or limes or whatever it is you need.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    The **** is a za? And if it's pizza then **** you.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    There's an easier way to get groceries delivered to you, at least there was in college.

    Get all liquored up and order a za. Tell the delivery kid you'll slip him a few Budweisers he he stops at the store and snags you Doritos or limes or whatever it is you need.
    yeah, something tells me that's not going to work on a macro level. Good try, though.


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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    I will say that since we signed up for Amazon Prime, we order a lot more through Amazon. Not quite to the level of ordering paper towels, but stuff like diapers, we definitely do. They're cheaper and they arrive in 2 days for no extra cost. It's much easier.
    Exactly. I leave my house plenty, but if I can get something cheaper & delivered free I have no issues buying it online.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    We're at the point where we buy almost everything other than groceries through Amazon. I'd love to get groceries from them as well if they are competitive on the price. I think it would help to reduce the impulse purchases. My wife likes to come home from the grocery store with about 30 things that weren't on the list.



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    Re: Amazon getting into grocery business

    This has been done in Korea for a little while now...

    Korea’s Tesco reinvents grocery shopping with QR-code “stores” | Mobile | Geek.com

    Tesco set up virtual grocery stores in locations like subway/metro stations so that people can literally do their grocery shopping while waiting for the train.The walls are plastered with posters that resemble the aisles and shelves of a supermarket. They’re lined from top to bottom with the products you’d normally see while grocery shopping. The only difference is that you can’t just grab the product and check out. The groceries each have a QR code which the shopper scans with a smartphone camera and adds to a shopping list. When the shopper has scanned all the codes for all the groceries needed, he pays using his phone and the groceries are then delivered to his home.


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