Amazon Pop-Up Shops Moving Into Abandoned UK High Streetswritten by Bella Palmer
Amazon has both driven and dominated the trend towards online shopping that is in large part being held responsible for the demise of the once vibrant UK high streets. Bricks and mortar shops have struggled to compete with the convenience, low prices and huge range of products available via Amazon and other online retailers.
Those that haven’t managed to successfully build their own online offerings to
Against that backdrop, news that Amazon is now itself starting to snap up those units at rock-bottom prices, might understandably be interpreted as kicking someone who’s already down by vanquished retailers. And that’s exactly what’s now happening with news that the technology and
The move is part of a one-year pilot that Amazon is rolling out with the support of UK small business support
Reaction to the news can be expected to represent mixed feelings. On the one hand, it can be interpreted as a great way for local
Traditional high street brands such as Debenhams, Mothercare, Poundworld and Maplin have all gone into administration over the past couple of years. Philip Green’s 570 stores across his group’s Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Burton brands are desperately trying to stave off collapse and Boots is expected to close up to 200 locations over the next couple of years. Last month The British Retail Consortium published data showing 10% of bricks and mortar retail units are currently sitting empty.
Amazon will argue that these retail chains failed to change with the times and become more efficient. And that they themselves were large
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