Author Archives: Marcel Weiß

Bonobos Founder Talks About Why He Sold to Walmart at #CodeCommerce

Bonobos founder Andy Dunn explains in an interview at Code Commerce rather candidly why Bonobos thought selling to Walmart was better than going public: At a decade old, Bonobos was looking at three “really exciting” options to help fuel some of its growth, Dunn said. One was to take a small, $15 million round of […]

Blue Apron on Its IPO Screw-Up at Codecommerce

Since Groupon has there not been a similarly botched IPO as we witnessed this year with Blue Apron. The meal-kit company wanted to go public for $3 billion, went actually public for $2 billion and today is worth $1 billion. At this week’s Code Commerce conference, Blue Apron founder Matt Salzberg talked about this and […]

Amazon Is Not Giving Up on China, Goes on a Hiring Spree. Thx Cross-Border Commerce!

Amazon at Alibaba‘s Tmall Amazon seems to see yet another opening at the Chinese market. The company is at least hiring at every level. South China Morning Post (which is owned by Alibaba): The online retail giant lists almost 400 Chinese-based openings on its careers website and more than 900 on LinkedIn. They include senior […]

How Wayfair Selling the Same for Different Prices Elsewhere Points to a Future Struggle in Private Labels

It appears that Wayfair is selling the same item on several online shops, its own and others -among them also Amazon- for different prices. Outstanding piece of reporting by Quartz: After analyzing a random selection of items on Wayfair, Quartz discovered that the company often lists what appear to be identical products with different prices […]

Alibaba’s Most Important Logistics Partner Will Go Public Next Week

Best Inc, which has a market share of 8.6 percent in the Chinese market, is going public on the 20th of September. Reuters: Best Inc, a Chinese logistics company backed by Alibaba Group (BABA.N), is launching a U.S. IPO that is seeking about $930 million to fund an expansion of its supply chain network, develop […]

How Big Amazon Really Is

Okay, Amazon is big. We all know that. But it sometimes help to put into perspective how big Amazon really is. So, I’m sorry, but here is the most businessinsider-ish Business Insider article on Amazon I have seen in quite a while: „7 insane facts that reveal how big Amazon has become“. Don‘t worry though, […]

Here’s a Concrete Hint at What Kind of Companies Amazon Will Keep Acquiring

Amazon‘s Souq, itself a recent acquisition, is buying Wing.ae, a delivery startup the marketplace already had been working with actively. Techcrunch: Souq has acquired Wing.ae, a startup that is building out a network for Prime-style same-day and next-day deliveries for various e-commerce marketplaces (including Souq.com). […] Souq previously made an undisclosed, strategic investment in Wing.ae […]

Amazon Keeps (rightly) Pushing Loyalty Programs, Now It’s Shopbop’s Turn

Amazon keeps working hard at the fashion front to find out what works and what doesn‘t. After the new Echo Look and the end of the Style shows, now Shopbop, which Amazon took over in 2006, gets a makeover with one major new addition: a new loyalty program. The Observer: The program will offer exclusive […]

Diageo and the Winner-Takes-All Aspect for Brands in Voice Commerce

Voice interactions, and with them a meaningful percentage of ‚conversational commerce‘, are going to differ from other means of discovery by one main aspect: The algorithmic answers to the users‘ questions won‘t be lists of options but, in most cases, be one result. One result. That means one spot. Either you‘re in, or you‘re out. […]

Fanatics and the Rise of E-Commerce Top Investor Softbank

SoftBank Group Corp’s Vision fund strikes again and invests $1 billion in online sports merchandise retailer Fanatics. We recently talked about this deal when it was rumored: Fanatics is a fascinating case for how an online retailer can entrench itself into the industry it is working in. But Softbank is the bigger story here: The […]