If you buy a brand new LCD TV from Amazon, the company might also be able to find someone to mount that on your wall, or a carpenter to help build some shelves for that AV gear or an interpretive dance instructor, just because.
That’s what the company hopes will happen with Amazon Local Services, which will compete against Craigslist, Angieslist and other online classified marketplaces and review sites.
Originally known as Amazon Home Services, TechCrunch is reporting Amazon Local Services will go live on Monday, with an expanded offering of service categories and cities. Though services through Amazon have only been available in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York and offered in conjunction with a purchase, Amazon Local Services’ listings will include “plumbers, auto mechanics, and yoga instructors” in more than 25 cities.
Amazon participating and partnering with service providers in the on-demand economy isn’t the same as the drastic pivot into physical stores that Scott Galloway advocated. However, when viewed with Amazon Fresh, its online art store and sellers program, it is an interesting development and a possible hint as to where the company is headed.