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Quartz reports that Ralf Kleber, who runs Amazon’s German operations, recently said that “it’s not a question of if, but when” Amazon would open up brick-and-mortar stores there.

While Kleber did not set a date for when Amazon would open stores in Germany, “Kleber said that Amazon’s stores in Germany could start out on a small scale, in the same way that Amazon Fresh, its online grocery service, was first tested for six years in Seattle before gradually expanding to other cities.”

The story notes that Amazon has been successful in Germany, doing roughly 25 percent of the country’s e-commerce sales, though e-commerce has only managed to generate about 10 percent of total retail there.
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