Category Amazon

The ‘Amazon Effect’ That Hits Almost Every Industry

Amazon is going into more industries than any other company. It’s hard to wrap one’s head around the scope the company is gunning for. It’s hard to not underestimate the Seattle giant. Seeking Alpha looked for mentionings of Amazon in recent earnings calls: A full one-fifth of the S&P 500 constituents referenced Amazon on a […]

Amazon Fresh

Amazon Is Working on Refrigeration-Free Prepared Meals for Amazon Fresh

TechCrunch: Amazon is looking at using tech originally designed for the military to create meals that are ready for consumption that don’t require any refrigeration. This would help make them much easier to manage from an inventory and logistics standpoint, since warehousing and transportation needs would be far less complex, Reuters reports. Amazon’s difficulties in cracking […]

Amazon’s Secret Brands and the Marketplace Conundrum

One problematic aspect with the Amazon Marketplace is Amazon‘s vertical integration as a retailer and seller of private labels. The Amazon Marketplace is as big as it is today because Amazon, the retailer, already was popular. In fact, marketplaces have a far better chance of succeeding if they are attached to an already successful e-commerce […]

How to Compete With Amazon as a Small, Niche Marketplace Provider

Can you compete on your own against a conglomerate like Alibaba or Amazon? Maybe when you cater to a niche that is as isolated as possible from the rest of retail? Business Insider: Amazon’s Handmade could steal both Etsy’s customers and its merchants. Handmade, Amazon’s craft goods marketplace, is a direct competitor to Etsy and bolstered […]

Amazon’s Meal-Kits Are Better Than Blue Apron’s in This One Important Dimension

When we looked in detail at Amazon’s meal-kits compared to Blue Apron and HelloFresh we briefly pointed to Amazon’s own meal-kits being prepared in a more advanced manner. This is a big deal and worth pointing out separately. Business Insider on this very topic: HelloFresh and Blue Apron have their advantages. The HelloFresh meal of […]

Amazon Ads Effective, Say 60% of SMBs

NetElixir has released a study on how SMBs view Amazon ads. The firm questioned 500 companies. (See also this blog post by the firm on this topic.) Mediapost has the summary: Findings from a study conducted by NetElixir suggests 40% of the small-and-medium businesses (SMBs) advertising on Amazon say the ads are ineffective, according to […]

Why Amazon’s Newest Partner May Be „one of the Most Important Companies on the Internet”

We talked about Stripe, a payments provider with ambitions far beyond payments, a year ago. Back then, Stripe launched Relay and Atlas, the latter for companies looking for an easy way to incorporate in the US. Stripe started out focussing on developers, making it as easy as possible to integrate payments handled by Stripe to […]