As Prime Day Approaches, Retailers Arm Themselves With Sales and Specials

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As Prime Day Approaches, Retailers Arm Themselves With Sales and Specials

Bricks-and-mortar retailers strike back at Prime Day.

 

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN – Get Report) has forced other retailers to scramble to find fresh ways to compete with the online retailer’s annual sales event, Prime Day, set for Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17, and they are doing it by offering a raft of sales and special offers:

 

As Prime Day has grown — from $900 million in sales 2015, its first year, to $2.41 billion in 2017, according to retail research firm Digital Commerce 360 — bricks-and-mortar businesses have increasing been feeling the effects.

In a chart from location intelligent company PlaceIQ, Inc., here’s how the sales event impacted four retailers last year:

 

 

PlaceIQ expects a similar drop on this year’s Prime Day among bricks-and-mortar retailers. For the first time, it’s also monitoring grocery stores, because of Amazon’s promotions at Whole Foods. Prime members who shop at the upscale grocery chain between July 11 and 17 receive a free $10 when they spend more than $10.

 

Prime Day interrupts the weekly rhythm of traffic to hardware and big box stores, and we expect to see the same thing this year, and see if it grows,” Drew Breunig, senior vice president of PlaceIQ, told TheStreet. Grocery store sales may also be impacted, he added.