Seattle, WA – Yes, you read that right, Amazon the company that started out as an online bookstore is now building stores. You may have read a little about this in one of our latest consumer trends called “Books Make a Comeback.” Since we published the trend Amazon has recently opened their first physical Amazon bookstore on February 2 in Seattle.
This new store has a few big strengths like the covers facing outward and the reviews gathered by their online audience placed alongside each book. This is an obvious design choice that helped the Amazon online bookstore make it’s mark when it reinvented the way consumers browsed a bookshelf. The organization of the books is also something to note. They are organized similar to the way greeting cards are organized, according to the shopper’s needs. “Gifts for Mom” and “Gift for Teenagers” are accompanied by quoted reviews taken from the online store. This takes a little bit of the guess work out of picking that perfect book.
While some of this experience isn’t exactly new in the retail world, the biggest experience change is: no prices. Every book in the store has a small placard underneath it with a barcode. Shoppers are encouraged to scan the prices with their phones because all of the prices are the same as they are on Amazon.com. And Amazon has carried this reinvented experience all the way to the register as well. If a customer’s credit card is associated with their Amazon account the book they just bought is tracked in their Amazon account and their receipt is emailed.
It is these little changes to the experience of brick and mortar shopping that make a physical Amazon bookstore make sense. We will see if this will be another success for Amazon as they continue to roll out up to 400 stores.