[FoRK] Jumping the Grocery Cart
Kevin Elliott <
K-Elliott at wiu.edu
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Tue Aug 1 13:26:12 PDT 2006
At 13:08 -0700 on 8/1/06, Tom Higgins wrote:
>I miss Kozmo. Home Grocer saved my butt a few times.
>Why is this the kiss of death for dotcompanys?
My suspicion is that companies VASTLY underestimate the difficulty of
running a successful grocer. Inventory is a nightmare- you've got to
carry a huge number of goods, a large fraction of which will
deteriorate to nothing in a fairly short time. And you've got a huge
competitor ready to eat your lunch- the grocery store the customer is
already familiar with and probably very close too.
My opinion is that this is an area where the existing grocery stores
can/will do very well in. They already have all the tools/technology
to get the food close to you. All they've got to do is buy a few
trucks, setup a web site, and collect the money. When I lived in
Sacremento I did ALL over my grocery shopping through Safeway.com.
$20 seemed like a small price to avoid dealing with the store.
Arguing with an engineer is like wrestling with a pig in mud.
After a while, you realize the pig is enjoying it.
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