The global e-commerce major, Amazon.com is expected to thrust as many as 100 gazeboes exclusively at the prime malls in India. The gazeboes, aka kiosks, will act as a point of sales for the company as people visiting various malls having such kiosks installed can experience some of Amazon’s own products, such as Kindle, and order it online right from the same Kiosks as well.
Sounds Fab right?!
This is also being seen as the outlandish approach to percolate the business in the Indian loam after facing the concussions of new FDI policies.
As a maiden move to the endorsement, Amazon thus unfolds a new stage to market its own smart products such as Kindle an e-book reader, Echo the speaker, Echo dot, Fire Tablet and the Fire TV dongle through these gazeboes.
The gazeboes or so-called kiosks are expected to be the forerunner for Amazon’s mighty plans behind the stage. Already four of the gazeboes are currently functioning, two in Bengaluru, one at Ahmedabad and the other one at Mumbai. As these four kiosks found to be successful Amazon prepares to expand its perimeter to a wider range.
“Right now they are looking for 70-80 sq ft kiosk space,” as quoted by the head of a prominent Delhi mall who was in discussions with Amazon.
It is found that Amazon would facilitate third-party franchisees to execute the Kiosks based business model.
The move in India is also being seen as a replica of a business strategy that Amazon.com employed in the US. At the beginning of this month, Amazon reported that it was shutting down its exceeding 80 pop-up stores inside Whole Foods in the US malls subsequent to facing cycles of internal subpoenas with the concept.
This pop-up store concept is not new in India though. Earlier it was implemented by the versatile Google, which tested its performance amidst more than a dozen pop-up stores in Indian malls such as Mumbai based High Street Phoenix Mall and Delhi-National Capital Region(NCR) based Select Citywalk, Promenade, Mall of India in the attempt to manifest its Pixel 2 phones and to impart hands-on practice to the consumers on its specific peculiarities.
Likewise, Amazon proposes to execute a similar kind of a point of contact to meet the customers in-person and proffer them an opportunity to put their hands over the stuff before purchasing its devices. Before it was an entirely online and virtual tool to purchase the goods through Amazon.
Amazon’s decision to install 100 kiosks or pop up stores is a first step towards establishing its retail presence in India. The Indian government has also allowed the company to sell locally procured food items online and offline. This is consequent to the Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in last August.
“Whole Foods Market and Amazon will together continue innovating to provide customers with a great shopping experience, in-store offerings, and lower prices,” Amazon said in a press release today.
The US-based Amazon.com has now affixed numbers of Whole Foods things to its AmazonFresh grocery distribution service and already there is a Whole Foods online business accommodation on Amazon’s website. It also draws a blueprint to install Amazon Lockers at Whole Foods neighbourhood places and will now blend its Prime membership plan for Whole Foods customers.
With so many activities in the retail market in the US, Amazon.com doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned in the India market as well. With the new model of kiosks, aka popup stores aka gazeboes, Amazon India is slowly adopting the business model – experience offline, buy online – something that the company criticised for long.