Borders. Tower Records. Gamestop. What do these companies have in common? Amazon successfully disrupted each of their businesses (or is in the process of doing so). Amazon started by delivering books to your door, and then moved into music, where it was able to push out major national retailers. Currently, through Amazon Prime, customers can get video games delivered on launch day for 20% less than at traditional retailers, pushing video game stores ever closer to obscurity. And now, it appears Amazon has a new target in its...read more
Rapid expansion and acquisition of new customers may seem like a good thing for most businesses, but in the grocery delivery industry, it can spell disaster. Most food e-commerce companies find that when they expand into new markets too fast, they lack the infrastructure to keep up with deliveries. Take the case of Good Eggs, which moved into new areas too quickly and was forced to shutter its operations in all but one city. Now that it has scaled back its...read more
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