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In The Age Of Amazon And Uber, More Companies Jump On Bandwagon

In a time where brick-and-mortar stores are losing customers, what does it mean for the future of the shopping economy?

Houston is seeing more and morecompaniesthat take the shopping and service experience online.

Last month,Joydriveentered the Houston market. It'sa website that connects customers with auto dealerships and lets them buy their next caron the internet.

Around the same time, promised to be a cross between Uber and Airbnb for Houston's apartment market.

It's an indicator of more industries going online.

ScottSonenshein, amanagementprofessor at RiceUniversity, said morecustomers expecttheconvenienceof online shopping.

"When Amazon first started, the narrative was, well, I really like browsing books. How am I ever going to browse online and discover something new?" he said. "And as you've seen with brick-and-mortar bookstores, that has turned out to be something that consumers generally get over."

But does that mean we'll get everythingon the webin the future?

Sonensheinsaidit's hard to say, but he pointed out that while other companiesareentering theonlinemarketplace, Amazon is alsoinvesting in brick-and-mortar with Whole Foodsand physical bookstores.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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