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How Amazon Forced CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes


As the pharmacy chain was getting all those plaudits yesterday, Amazon said that its iOS app would soon let you place an order simply by pointing your iPhone camera at a product — no barcode scan needed. The two events seem may seem completely unconnected, but they’re tied together like — to borrow a phrase from Amazon’s playbook — a gazelle and a cheetah.

Though the CVS no-tobacco decision seems like good corporate citizenship, it’s also about staying one step ahead of Amazon’s relentless campaign to eviscerate brick-and-mortar businesses.

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