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Amazon steps up partnerships with brick-and-mortar stores

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A snow tire on display. Photo: Godon/Getty Images

Customers can now purchase tires from Amazon and have them installed at Sears, as part of a new deal between the online retail giant and the department store trying to regain its footing, reports AP.

Why it matters: This deal is another step closer to the automotive industry for Amazon. The company launched a research hub for car buyers in 2016 and even partnered with Chrysler to sell cars, but hasn't yet begun selling them.