Longtail: “Yesterday in Las Vegas I spent a great afternoon at the headquarters of Zappos,
which is the Amazon of shoes. They have what may be the largest
in-warehouse inventory in the world–750,000 unique products, amounting
to more than 1.5m pairs of shoes in the Kentucky distribution center
(needless to say, this is a great Long Tail retail example, although
I’ll save that analysis for a later post). Having just read David Weinberger’s great new book, after which this post is named, one of the things that struck me most about Zappos was the way it organizes its massive warehouse. It doesn’t. The shoes are placed randomly on the shelves.”

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