Could it be true? An article posted in the Wall Street Journal yesterday suggested that Amazon's AmazonTote, a grocery service similar to Peapod, may begin planning to spread to other areas of the country. Currently, Amazontote.com is only available in the Seattle area. The great thing about this service is that there is no service or delivery fee.
While Amazon's PR rep did decline to comment and it may be that the suggestion of expansion is not valid, it does pose the question of where the service industry is going when it comes to our eCommerce world. Online grocery shopping would put local grocery stores out of business or would force them to drastically change their business model. It's likely most individuals would buy their hard goods online but still choose to purchase their meats, fruits, and vegetables locally.
Whatever the case, our daily shopping lives will likely be very different five years from now. See the full article here - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704279704576102370307872778.html?mod=dist_smartbrief.