Amazon VP of physical retail stores leaves company after 14 years

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Cameron James. (LinkedIn Photo)

Amazon vice president Cameron James, who most recently worked at the company’s physical retail stores, left the Seattle company this week after more than 14 years in various roles.

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In A post on LinkedIn announcing his departure, James said his next step “will be to see if I can take what I’ve learned at Amazon and apply it effectively in another context and culture.”

He described his experiences and opportunities at Amazon as “no less than life-changing.”

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“During my time there I’ve been on a wide range of businesses, including some huge successes (Prime Video), some equally big failures (Fire Phone), and some businesses that are still defining their future (Physical Stores). I’ve had the privilege of working,” he wrote. “I’ve learned invaluable lessons from all of them.”

James had worked in various capacities on the company’s brick-and-mortar business since 2015, when Amazon opened its first physical bookstore in Seattle’s University Village. Since then, the company has launched a variety of physical retail concepts including its Amazon Go, Amazon 4-star, and Amazon Fresh stores.

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Last week, the company announced a new physical retail partnership with Starbucks, starting in New York City.

Even with the expansion of its physical stores, sales from Amazon’s physical retail stores have been relatively flat in recent years, accounting for $4.3 billion, or less than 4% of its total net sales in the third quarter of this year. Is. Like many other brick-and-mortar retailers, sales of the company’s physical stores declined in 2000 during the pandemic.

We have contacted Amazon for comment. CNBC Reported the news of James’ departure earlier today.

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