Okay, so it is official: The folks at Amazon have in fact solidified themselves as the preeminent online commerce entity at this point. Their purchase today of Zappos.com brings the extraordinary power of zappos' social marketing machine, integrated warehouse-to-site capabilities to the already superb customer experience and unmatched scalability that Amazon provides. Ladies and gentlemen, we have now seen the completion of the "Next Wal-Mart" of retail.
And yes... I still think they can do this after they start charging sales tax everywhere. :-)
Sad day for Shoes.com, shoebuy.com and the other online-only footwear retailers. This combination will be unstoppable in footwear and accessories online only. Only the smart multi-channel retailer will survive this.