The depth of Amazon’s penetration of American popular culture is pretty amazing. Last week, for example, we needed some white cranberry juice to prepare a seasonal cocktail we were making for a gathering with friends. Kish went to several grocery stores in Columbus and couldn’t find any. We decided to give Amazon a try, and sure enough, it offered Ocean Spray white cranberry juice — which was delivered to our doorstep the next day, with no muss and no fuss. Pretty convenient!
In our neighborhood, there are a few strategically placed containers where dog owners can get free poop bags. It’s a good idea for the neighborhood, because it gives dog owners no excuse but to clean up after their pooches, and it’s a blessing for the dog owners who otherwise might be caught short in the crucial bag department. The bags had been made by anonymous companies and featured cartoon drawings of happy (and apparently relieved) dogs — until now. I stopped by one of the containers last week, pulled out two of the plastic baggies so I would have a ready supply, and saw to my surprise as I was putting them into my back pocket that they were from AmazonBasics and featured the familiar swish/smile logo. So, Amazon has now made crucial inroads into the German Village canine poop bag market.
It’s hard to imagine that poop bags are a very lucrative, high-margin item for a supplier, but I guess if you’re aiming to dominate the supply of every product Americans might need, poop bags are just another item on the list. And the poop bag itself makes it clear that Amazon isn’t just looking at America, either — the bags I took feature the suffocation hazard warning in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.
Achtung! Amazon is everywhere!