Amazon.com Inc. wants to furnish your home.
The online retail giant
Â is making a major push into furniture and appliances, including building at least four massive warehouses focused on fulfilling and delivering bulky items, according to people familiar with Amazonâ€™s plans.
With that move, the Seattle-based retailerÂ is taking on the two companies that dominate online furniture salesâ€”Wayfair Inc.
Â and Pottery Barn owner Williams-Sonoma Inc.
Â Furniture is one of the fastest-growing segments of U.S. online retail, growing 18% in 2015, second only to groceries, according to Barclays. About 15% of the $70 billion U.S. furniture market has moved online, researcher IBISWorld says.
But even the biggest players in online furniture are struggling to get the market right. Unlike established categories such as books and music or even apparel, retailers are still hammering out basic concepts like how much variety to offer on their sites and the most efficient ways to deliver couches and dining sets to customersâ€™ homes.
While Amazon has been selling furniture for years, it has lately decided to tackle the sector more forcefully.
â€œFurniture is one of the fastest-growing retail categories here at Amazon,â€ said Veenu Taneja, furniture general manager at Amazon, in a statement. He said the company is expanding its selection of products, with offerings including Ashley Furniture sofas and Jonathan Adler home dÃ©cor, and it is adding custom-furniture design services. Amazon is also speeding up delivery to one or two days in some cities, he added.
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