It was the stock report heard round the world of dentistry. From Dental Tribune:
In a report published by Morgan Stanley, analysts stated that Amazon was now gunning for the dental supply business and some of the industry’s biggest players are in their cross hairs. As a result, Morgan Stanley changed their position on both Henry Schein and Patterson to sell.
In the days since the report was first issued, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing and nervous glances, but no confirmation from Amazon. Neither Henry Schein nor Patterson are panicking publicly about the report. But you can be sure if they weren’t preparing for this eventuality, they are now. Continue reading “Is Amazon Ready to Make Its Move Into Dental?”
With the announcement that Amazon is buying up Whole Foods, the online retailer is again flexing its muscles. In Whole Foods, they are getting a true market innovator who almost single-handedly drove the crunchy, feel-good food craze. The question is what comes next? We’ve speculated that Amazon is eyeing up dental products. As dentistry goes, so goes orthodontics. Will patients be logging in to their Amazon account to buy Whole Food fair-trade coffee, Guatemalan hemp dental floss and gluten-free, organic buccal tubes? Is orthodontics about to get crunchy? Continue reading ““Excuse Me, Is This Buccal Tube Organic?””
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Here’s an interesting follow-up article by Dr. Giacobbi about Amazon’s upcoming role in the dental marketplace. With the rise of DSO’s and the potential for real savings, the smart money suggests that bottom-line savings will edge out the long-running relationship between Dentist/Supplier. With unmatched distribution infrastructure and digital tentacles touching on more and more aspects of daily life, Amazon seems like a logical entity to initiate this kind of change. It’s not a matter of if, but when, right?
Not so fast. Continue reading “The Future (of Orthodontics) Remains Unwritten”