Category Platform Strategies

How China Post’s Ule Is Building the World’s Largest Retail Network

“Ule“, which translated roughly as “happy post”, is an e-commerce joint venture by, mainly, the China Post. Ule is many things: It shows how China needs online retail to bring rural and urban regions together. (And to let the rural regions prosper too.) It shows what postal services can build. It may, at first, look […]

Who -Besides Alibaba- Can Challenge Amazon’s Tech Driven Online Retail Position?

In and of itself not that significant but for the larger picture, and to get another look at Amazon’s modus operandi and overall strong starting position, look at this: Amazon makes it cheaper to host Alexa skills on AWS | ZDNet:​ These new promotional credits are designed to cover any additional cloud storage and computing […]

Amazon Is Building Its Own Social Network

Twitch, the gaming video focussed video streaming and network site Amazon bought in 2014, is introducing Pulse, a timeline/newsfeed akin to Twitter and Facebook. (More Twitter than Facebook right now: asymmetric following, chronological timeline) The Twitch blog: Introducing Pulse. A place where streamers can post and engage with all of their followers and the greater […]

Bouquet of Flowers with a Butterfly, Willem van Leen, 1763 - 1825

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Amazon, eBay & Zalando’s Services Revenues Explosion

The general route goes something like this: Grow to a large enough size to be able to do more than mere (‘pure’) online retail -> Diversify and grow towards platforms et al (marketplaces, services) -> Diversification of revenue streams When an online retailer reaches a certain size, the company gets to a crossroads of sorts. […]

So, Amazon Will Finally Get Its Own Popular Mobile Operating System

And it is called Alexa. The Verge: A slew of new Moto Mods are headed our way, which include a power pack, a wireless charging adaptor, and a turbo charging adaptor. But the most interesting of the bunch is the Amazon Alexa Moto Mod, which will add the virtual assistant into any Moto Z device. […]

Redefining Fast: Amazon’s Trademarks for “No-Line”-Shopping & The Model For Amazon Go

Thankfully, we know now that Amazon is, indeed, not planning to open up 2,000 stores around the US. There are still two main questions when it comes to Amazon’s future plans: First, what exactly is the company planning with Amazon Go? Second, why did that number of 2,000 Amazon stores come up several times this […]

Data from Dash Buttons Will Lead to Evolution of Brands & Amazon’s Private Labels

The main thing to always keep in mind is that todays manifestation of any sort of platform is to an (often underestimated) amount a spring board for future iterations. In other words: Always keep track of the options still open to platform providers. The only constant in today’s technology is that everything keeps evolving. Fast […]