Amazon has been a continued threat to brick-and-mortar stores throughout the past several years. And as the online giant continues to expand into services and convenience-driven amenities, it continues to create concern, especially in the independent retail segment where surviving is mostly based on foot traffic.
But, savvy independent gourmet housewares retailers said that there is a way to make Amazon work to their advantage in a plethora of different capacities.
These retailers include Holly Mangelsen, owner of Siren, WI-based Acorn Pantry; Lindsey Gray, owner of Little Rock, AR-based Eggshells Kitchen; Art Nading, co-owner of Greensboro, NC-based The Extra Ingredient; Ginger Cobl, owner of The Cupboard in Decatur, AL; Nancy Schneider, co-owner of Chef’s Shoppe Gourmet Kitchen in Edwardsville, IL; Kirsten Gjesdal, who owns The Carrot Seed Kitchen in Brookings, SD; and Mike Eisenberg, owner of Tampa, FL-based Big Kitchen.
Sponsored by Jura/Capresso, Scanpan/Global, L’Chef and Widgeteer, hosted by AmericasMart Atlanta and moderated by GOURMET INSIDER executive managing editor, Emily Cappiello, the seven panelists sat down to discuss the fact that while Amazon is competition for their business, it actually can be used as an aid as well.
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