Clothing would not be included in these super-sized discounts, Bloomberg claims.
“It’s a way to be able to clean out warehouses and get through inventory without having to destroy it,” a source inside the Seattle-based retail company that shaped Bloomberg’s coverage is quoted as saying. The plan was seemingly devised following a report published in 2019 that claimed Amazon destroyed millions of the items it couldn’t sell.
Stock that wasn’t shifted on its store, including in sales, was destroyed. Items like Smart TVs and nappies were disposed of by Amazon.
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Amazon is steadily growing its retail presence. In the United States, it has 500 Whole Foods locations, checkout-free Amazon Go stores and seven pop-ups in malls. As well as Whole Foods, its also steadily opening Amazon Fresh shops, with two locations in London for the walk-in and walk-out shops.
Unfortunately, plans have been put on ice for the time being due to the ongoing public health crisis. With social distancing and other restrictions in place, it’s difficult to see Amazon encouraging customers to flock to a pop-up store to buy unsold goods at heavily discounted prices anytime soon.
Bargain-hunters will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on a bargain telly.