Amazon has unveiled plans to open 10 pop-up shops across the UK named ‘Clicks and Mortar.’
They are part of a year-long pilot, launched in conjunction with the small business support organization Enterprise Nation. Amazon says will give 100 small online businesses their first taste of bricks and mortar presence. This initiative comes as last month, The British Retail Consortium said that one in 10 shops in town centers were lying empty.
Will Broome, CEO and Founder of retail tech app Ubamarket, commented on the announcement, “It is great to see that a giant of the e-commerce world sees the benefit of bricks and mortar retail spaces in this age of next day delivery and one-click payments. Despite the convenience of sites such as Amazon, there are vast benefits for customers and suppliers in physical stores. With the decline of the UK high-street, some retail players would be wise to look at the likes Amazon and incorporate technology into their service offering to future-proof British town-centers for years to come.”
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