Cameron James, an Amazon vice chairman who most lately labored on the corporate’s bodily retail shops, left the Seattle firm this week after greater than 14 years in quite a lot of roles.
In a post on LinkedIn announcing his departure, James mentioned his subsequent step will probably be “to see if I can take every thing I’ve realized at Amazon and successfully apply it in one other context and tradition.”
He described his experiences and alternatives at Amazon as “nothing wanting life-changing.”
“Throughout my time I’ve been lucky to work on a variety of companies together with some enormous successes (Prime Video), some equally enormous failures (Hearth Cellphone), and a few enterprise which are nonetheless defining their future (Bodily Shops),” he wrote. “I’ve realized invaluable classes from all of them.”
James had labored on the corporate’s bricks-and-mortar enterprise in quite a lot of capacities since 2015, when Amazon opened its first bodily bookstore at Seattle’s College Village. Since then, the corporate has launched quite a lot of bodily retail ideas, together with its Amazon Go, Amazon 4-star, and Amazon Contemporary shops.
Final week, the corporate introduced a brand new bodily retail partnership with Starbucks, beginning in New York Metropolis.
Even with the enlargement of its bodily shops, gross sales from Amazon’s bodily retail shops have remained comparatively flat lately, at $4.3 billion or lower than 4% of its total internet gross sales within the third quarter of this yr. The corporate’s bodily retailer gross sales dipped in 2000 throughout the pandemic like many different bricks-and-mortar retailers.
We’ve contacted Amazon for remark. CNBC reported the news of James’ departure earlier today.