Monday, July 31, 2017

Competition for ASUCLA

The venerable Sears store in Santa Monica - shown in the picture - is now shuttered, thanks to the changing nature of retail.

An interesting question is what may happen to ASUCLA's store, as it competes for business in textbooks and other products with the internet. The Bruin reports that Amazon is opening up a store in Westwood that will provide quick pickups for items ordered from Amazon, which is competing in the textbook market:

Students can now receive textbook orders from Amazon within a day at Westwood Village’s latest offering. Amazon opened a staffed pickup location Tuesday on Westwood Boulevard. Members of Amazon Prime and Prime Student receive free same-day pickup on items they ship to this location if they place their orders before noon, said Carly Golden, an Amazon spokesperson. Golden said the location also features a device station, where people can try out Amazon products like the Kindle, the Fire TV Stick and the Echo. Customers can also return items purchased online at the location.
“Amazon is a huge presence in all of our lives,” said Andrew Thomas, executive director of the Westwood Village Improvement Association. “A brick-and-mortar location will be a great presence in our community.”
Golden said this is the 21st staffed pickup location Amazon has opened near a college campus. Other campus locations include UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania...

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