Amazon.com Inc. is expanding and planning to introduce convenience stores and curbside pickup locations, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
The Seattle-based company plans to build small stores that would sell produce, milk, meats and other perishable items.
Shoppers at these convenience stores would also be able to order non-perishable items for same-day delivery.
Amazon also plans to roll out several drive-in locations where customers could pre-order groceries online and have their orders brought to their cars.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is also developing license-plate reading technology that would decrease wait times.
An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.
But 7-Eleven, there's no need to panic because many grocery experts said they believe this is more a marketing ploy than an attempt to break into the convenience store market.
Jim Prevor, a food and grocery analyst, told USA Today he sees the rumored convenience stores as an opportunity for market research and not the beginning of a major rollout.
There's no particular advantage to Amazon to open physical stores.
He said the online retailer would have to change the way Americans shop.
Prevor noted that most food retailers rely on impulse buying, but only putting perishable items in stores doesn't go along with the typical American grocery shopping method.
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