What's With All The Warehouses?

E-tailers see they'll need bricks and mortar, too

Once upon a time in the ancient World Wide Web, about two years ago, there lived a virtual retailer called Amazon.com Inc. Freed by the magical Internet from the need to build physical stores, Amazon focused on building a cool Web site and attracting millions of customers. No clerks, no big warehouses--just sheer opportunity as far as the eye could see.

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