If you’ve ever wished you could visit Amazon.com in the real world, you’ll soon get your chance. The online superstore recently announced plans to open its first physical store on 34th Street in Manhattan for the Holiday 2014 season. Amazon has talked about opening physical locations before, but this is the first time it’s followed through. The location, which is situated across the street from the Empire State Building, will give shoppers a place to buy holiday gifts, while also doubling as a billboard for Amazon.com and a mini-warehouse for same day deliveries in New York City. The store will also serve as a pick-up location for Amazon.com orders, as well as a place to return orders you made online. Amazon hasn’t announced what types of products it plans to show off in the location, but it’s safe to assume you can expect a lot of Amazon’s hardware staples, like the Fire Phone, Kindle Voyage and Fire tablets. After all, who can make Amazon’s products more appealing than Amazon employees?
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.