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Musings on eCommerce, Automation and Societal Change
Dan Kara on Amazon/Kiva Deal
Amazon’s purchase of Kiva Systems has less to do with productivity increases and cost reductions than with business realignment and massive social change.
By Dan Kara, Analyst-at-Large "Opinion" Column


The long-term ramifications of the purchase are not clear, but in the end Amazon could become an architecture provider for ebusiness order fulfillment (own the architecture, win the war).  It could also develop fulfillment and distribution centers that for all practical purposes contain no people.  That’s more than a paradigm shift, it is a seismic change and one with profound implications for businesses and society.

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