My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Amazon intros Grocery shopping via their Kindle Fire - Movado Duh Road from the Couch

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Amazon intros Grocery shopping via their Kindle Fire - Movado Duh Road from the Couch


“It’s broccoli dear”
“I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it”

E.B. White, In the New Yorker

Amazon is definitely on a roll. After launching their Amazon Kindle Fire on Wednesday September 28th 2011AD in their quest to beat Apple at their own game as per my Geezam Blog article entitled “Amazon lights a Kindle Fire as a Gladiator worthy of the Apple iPad”, it looks like they are expanding the empire that feeds the Platform they are retailing for US$199.

After all, that that price, they are losing money on every tablet they sell, just to break into the Tablet market. Obviously, from a purely common sense point of view, at first glance, they are cribbing not only the Barnes and Noble Nook Color but also copying Apple’s model of selling a Tablet as a platform as suggested in my Geezam Blog article entitled “Kindle Fire vs Nook Color & Apple iPad 2 – Despite the Specs the Price is Still Right”.

This accomplishes what I would call Couch Potato Shopping i.e. shopping for Amazon Products available on their online store via the Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Amazon Kindle Fire. This includes everything from Books and other printer material in e-Reader and hardcover format as well as the regular stuff like Diapers, Soap and Beauty products (?) for the websites Diaper.com, Soap.com and BeautyBar.com.

These websites all fall under Quidsi, a US$550 million pieces of silver in September 2010AD they acquired and subsequently used to launch Wag.com, a resurrection of the Pets.com website of old, except powered by the efficiency of Robots as reported in my blog article entitled “Amazon's Wag.com Social Network for Pets - Quidsi in the Flight of the Navigator”.

Now Amazon is growing for the high growth market of Grocery shopping as reported in the article “Next up in Amazon’s world domination: Groceries”, published October 24, 2011, 10:33am PT By Colleen Taylor, GigaOM




This is the same market that Tesco, a British Supermarket Giant, is pursuing in South Korea by making shopping as convenient as scanning a QR Code as noted in my blog article entitled “QR Codes and Shopping in South Korea - My Science Project for A Virtual Supermarket”.

This model can be easily replicated in other countries that have a smattering of QR code- capable Blackberrys and busy workers too lazy to shop without having physical store presence. In effect, shopping via the Internet for groceries kept in cold storage and delivered to your door.

All thanks to busy-as-a-bee robots that make up the acquisitions under Quidsi. And as mentioned in my blog article entitled “QR Codes and Shopping in South Korea - My Science Project for A Virtual Supermarket”, this model can be replicated. First World, Developed and Developing World countries like Jamaica can replicate Tesco’s model in South Korea and combine it with smartphones to create a shopping experience competitive to that of any Brick-and-mortar supermarket.

Amazon may have sauntered across this concept as described in my blog article and decided this Grocery Shopping was too profitable resist and replicable. But instead of smartphones toting people scanning QR codes while idling in subway stations, the shoppers would do all that walking on their smartphones on their Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet.

After all, that is what the severe price discount is for: you buy the Tablet and Amazon brings you the Couch Potato Shopping. Effectively, you do not have to Duh Road Mavado Style, but shop from the comfort of your home.

These websites all fall under Quidsi, a US$550 million pieces of silver in September 2010AD they acquired and subsequently used to launch Wag.com, a resurrection of the Pets.com website of old, except powered by the efficiency of Robots as reported in my blog article entitled “Amazon's Wag.com Social Network for Pets - Quidsi in the Flight of the Navigator”.

Now Amazon is growing for the high growth market of Grocery shopping as reported in the article “Next up in Amazon’s world domination: Groceries”, published October 24, 2011, 10:33am PT By Colleen Taylor, GigaOM




For the plucky Local or FDI (Foreign Direct Investor) the only expenditure would be storage and shipping, both of which Alternative Energy solutions in the form of a fleet of All-Electric Vehicles, a Solar Panel and Wind Energy Rig and low cost labour (sorry, but the Labour Ministry would have a problem with robots in Jamaica!!) can alleviate.

So already, the Import Waiver on Alternative Energy Gear as argued in my blog article entitled “Lack of Waivers for Expensive Alternative Energy Gear - Mr. Paul Chong's Adoption Contradiction” and the Import Waiver of All –Electric Vehicles and Flex-Fuel Vehicles as argued in my blog article entitled “ATL Automotive to benefit from Low-Sulphur Diesel in 12 Months Time - Bio-Fuels Resident Evil Apocalypse” would have a direct benefit to Local and FDI investment in Jamaica.

Suddenly, the silly quaint Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet is not so quaint anymore, as grocery shopping is the last thing on my mind with an Apple iPad and is a future growth area that Apple is yet to directly tap.

Good idea, Amazon!
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