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Re: How the Bricks Conquered the Net
Posted by: Keith Regan 2002-03-06 11:55:33
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If e-commerce were a mad dash to the finish line, pure-plays would have taken the gold
medal. But it has turned into a marathon -- and as dot-com startups gasp for breath,
traditional retailers are steadily passing them like the tortoise that whipped the hare.
"There was a certain amount of waiting and seeing going on," Edward Harbour, director of
e-commerce initiatives at IBM, told the E-Commerce Times. Therefore, he said, retailers
suffered through fewer crash-and-burn mistakes than pure-plays.


Re: How the Bricks Conquered the Net
Posted by: davidport 2002-03-07 08:32:11 In reply to: Keith Regan
Traditional retailers have stores; pure-plays don't. Stores facilitate the exchange of goods; goods left exposed outside of locked consumers' homes don't. Pure-plays could compete if only the function of stores -- storage -- was outside consumers' homes.
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