I Live in Seattle and Get to See Amazon’s Secret Projects in Action

The Amazon Treasure Truck

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It’s hard to understate the impact Amazon has had on American life. At one time, it was merely a website where you could order books, bypassing a trip to a¬†bookstore. But over the past 15 or so years, the company has transformed into a business behemoth and the go-to retailer for millions of shoppers around the world. And Amazon has become more than just a retailer — it’s also a film and entertainment provider and a delivery service.

That’s really just scratching the surface, too. The company is also throwing resources at some moonshot ideas, such as drone delivery and mobile 3-D printing. Needless to say, Amazon has taken the American business world by storm and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Its user base has continued to grow, as well. We know it now has more than 65 million Prime users, and that led to $136 billion in revenue in 2016. Amazon has resources and a vast number of customers. And with a slew of new projects and experiments, it’s aiming at increasing its reach.

That’s evident in Seattle, the company’s hometown. The city has become ground zero for all kinds of experimentation, including in the brick-and-mortar area. I live in Seattle and recently took a trip around the city to check out some of the new and interesting things the company is working on. From grocery pickup to the grab-and-go store with no checkout lines, here are examples of how Amazon is continuing to evolve from the screen to the streets.

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