Amazon Goes All Brick-and-Mortar On Us
We’re about to go from waiting online to standing in lines
By Ed Goldman
The news comes as a relief to those who find shopping online from their couch so much more anxiety producing than the relaxing experience of getting into a car, driving through traffic, then being jostled by unmasked anti-vaxxers in congested suburban malls that become gang hangouts after sunset. Malls also offer food courts, which allow us to pick and choose from a diversity of unhealthy eats without the inconvenience of having to get off our rapidly expanding backsides to walk into the kitchen.
Cash ‘n’ Carry
Taking these amenities into account, perhaps you’ll agree with me that Amazon’s plans represent good citizenship, public service and yes, “giving back,” the latter being the phrase of choice when a multi-billion-dollar business donates five dollars to a charitable cause.
Since Amazon created a business model based partly on what might be called supermarket science—placing items in strategic locations, including at checkout, to constantly upsell as we buyers wend our way down the aisles—I’m curious as to how it’ll now retrace its steps to ensure that what worked online will work in person.
For example, if at some point in your life you bought a historical romance like “Gone With the Wind” from Amazon, at the moment of purchase and in the ensuing years you doubtless received prompts that you should also consider obtaining some far-flung bodice-ripping novels with names like “Rubber Plantation Owners’ Desperate Teenage Daughters,” “Thomas Jefferson Takes a Constitutional” and my personal fave, “Wannabe Astronauts’ Wives” (tagline: “He would take her around the world but not bowling”).
So if we shop at an Amazon Store, will they use neon signage or former Walmart greeters to assail us when we’re shopping for gym socks to head to the next aisle, which features fully stocked shelves of trusses, athletic supporters and Advil?
And will this therefore become a field day for “woke” attorneys who’ll urge us to sue the store greeters for quickly sizing us up and depositing us at the kiosk featuring Depends and Fixodent? That’s ageism. Possibly elder abuse. And for all I know, a violation of England’s infamous Salmon Act of 1986, which says that it’s against the law to handle salmon under suspicious circumstances.
A Weekly Blog by Virginia Varela
President and CEO, Golden Pacific Bank
photo by Phoebe Verkouw
Awards can boost your organization’s reputation, setting you apart from your peers and placing you in the public eye as best of the best. They can also give your staff a boost by highlighting team and individual achievements.
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There is nothing better than entering and winning well-deserved, accredited awards. Not only does it prove to your current and potential clients that you know your stuff, it’s also a great way to show appreciation for your staff.
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Now, not all awards are legitimately earned, or equal in glory. Some are “pay-as-you-go” marketing schemes that are no more than obvious ploys to get attention. For example, if award candidates are self-nominated, or done in a guise of conflict of interests, it can debase the entire intent and award recognition. As you know, social media boosts can be purchased, awards can be based on backscratching, and the result risks misleading prospective customers.
I like to win awards fairly. I want non-conflictive peers and customers to rant and rave. I’m proud of my bank, which has routinely (and annually) won awards, fair and square, based on our excellent service!
In short: Go team!