The retail world has been competing with online delivery for years, with significant casualties. Hardly a month goes by when a long-standing chain goes out of business or closes multiple stores. Toys ‘R’ Us is only the latest example of a brick-and-mortar entity that lost too much ground to point-and-click shopping.
While online shopping has become a dominant venue for non-perishable purchases, it is making more and more inroads for perishable goods as well. AmazonFresh, like Peapod and FreshDirect before it, is giving customers the ability to have their meats, produce and dairy products delivered to their front door.