Déjà Vu? Uber Introduces Home Delivery Service
Jeff Bercovici, writer for Forbes, makes an excellent point, stating retailers like Amazon "can afford to treat products like groceries as loss leaders for their core offerings, while Wal-Mart has an extensive retail footprint that doubles as a distribution network — a network that's increasingly distributed with the megachain's expansion into neighborhood and convenience stores." However, for a startup with newfound success, it might not be the smartest strategy.
"Investors are stuck wondering whether this is 2000 all over again, or whether this new breed of delivery startups can succeed where the last crop so famously failed," writes Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times.
While Uber may be treading lightly by making this venture a trial period, I can't help but feel a sense of déjà vu. Who knows, maybe it'll be the premier way for home delivery, maybe history won't repeat itself like many years past. Or maybe, just maybe, people will stick to the old-fashion way of picking up Band-Aids — running out to the store.
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