Amazon to launch pop-up bar in Tokyo to boost alcohol sales
Amazon has announced that it is opening a pop-up bar for only ten days in Tokyo to promote the alcohol products it sells on the company’s website in Japan.
The e-commerce giant will sell a variety of drinks including beer, wine, sake and whiskey in the Ginza prefecture of Tokyo, the city’s prestigious high-fashion and entertainment district.
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The 78-seat bar, known as Amazon Bar, will serve drinks from across the globe, even those which are not available to the public yet.
However, it comes with a caveat: there’s no menu.
Instead, the bar will feature an ordering system that will suggest drinks and will also hire sommeliers to dispense wine advice.
Alcoholic drinks including Nikka Whiskey and Yebisu beer will be on offer, with drinks costing between JP¥500 toJP¥1,500 (or US$4.43 to US$13.30) and some food products will also be available.
“Amazon Bar will offer a wide variety of drinks procured from across the globe, and offer exclusive products as well as samples of products not yet on store shelves,” the company said in a statement Thursday.
The pop-up bar will be located near the Emporio Armani store in Ginza and will be open for ten nights starting on 20 October 2017.
Amazon has been steadily moving into the alcohol business. In August, the company expanded its one-hour wine delivery service to selected cities in the US and last year, Amazon Japan launched a wine recommendation service by phone that featured its own in-house sommeliers.
Jim Donald appointed the CEO of Albertsons
Donald, who previously worked as the company...
The Idaho-based grocery chain, Albertsons, has appointed Jim Donald as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Donald, who previously worked as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will keep his presidential role.
The new CEO will replace Bob Miller, who will continue in his position as Chairman of the Board.
“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail,” remarked Bob Miller.
“His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies.”
“We look forward to tapping his experience in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”
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In his career, Donald has held positions such as the CEO of Starbucks and the CEO of Pathmark Stores.
The newly-appoint CEO also worked for Albertsons for 15 years, starting 1976, becoming the Vice President of Operations in Arizona.
“Albertsons Companies is uniquely positioned to operate in both a 'four walls' traditional environment and the 'no walls' world of technology,” stated Jim Donald.
“We serve 34 million customers each week across our 2,300-plus stores and serve 5.5 million patients in our 1,700-plus pharmacies.”
“That's a significant food, health and wellness footprint. We're well positioned to serve the evolving needs of today's customer, wherever and whenever they choose to shop with us.”
“I am looking forward to leading this dynamic company as we focus on innovation and customer-centric retailing in all its forms.”