Category Platform Strategies

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 […]

Mobile App Strategies of Online Retailers, Pt. 2: Why Wish Launched Multiple Apps

After looking at Amazon’s breathtaking app armada in pt. 1 of our series, we are now going to have a closer look at Wish. Wish, the controversial mobile cross-border ecommerce app, nowadays sees more than two million orders per day. ContextLogic Inc. is the company behind Wish. Wish is a truly mobile-first online retailer, but […]

How Walmart Can Win Against Amazon

Distribution is everything. Walmart is determined to give Amazon a run for its money. Thus Walmart, since last summer, has begun spending a lot of money itself. (See list of acquisitions at the end of the article) Going against Amazon with its unique Prime bundle and successful Marketplace begs the question though how exactly to […]

How Zalando Is Setting Up the Building Blocks for a Platform With Zalando Zet and Build

Zalando has released slightly disappointing numbers and a new loyalty program called Zalando Zet. (German press release) The timing of both in the same week is most likely no coincidence. Zalando Zet points to Zalando‘s future. Here is today‘s first, unimpressive, iteration of Zalando Zet: Available initially in four German cities ( Berlin, Frankfurt, Hannover, […]

MorningSave: How the Former Woot Founders Are Building a New Kind of Shoptech Platform

“We believe in a future where there is no need for middleman retailer geography on the internet”, the former people behind Woot wrote. And while Woot under Amazon is having a hard time, its former founders, while running deals site Meh, have started another project: MorningSave, which they plan to build out into a new […]

Why JD.com’s Biggest Threat is WeChat

Marketplaces, like platforms in general, create winner-takes-all dynamics by virtue of the network effects that create an ever growing gravitation towards the biggest entities. As online retail goes more and more towards marketplaces everywhere, this dynamic gets more prevalent as well. This holds equally opportunities and strategic pitfalls for online retailers as well. Case in […]

Amazon, the Ultimate Platform Company, Is Eating the World

Amazon is now worth two Walmarts, via Recode: On the 20th anniversary of Amazon’s IPO, Amazon’s market cap stands at $459 billion before the market opens for trading. Walmart’s? $228 billion. A good time as any to read this excellent TechCrunch piece on how Amazon operates by Zack Kanter, co-founder of Stedi: Amazon is the […]

Echo Show: Amazon Is Building an OS for the Home & A Social Network to Hold It Together

Today, Amazon unveiled the new Echo flagship device. The Echo Show is the first Echo device to sport a multitouch screen To put this in context, before we go any further, here are some numbers from a recent eMarketer study: This year, 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated assistant device at least once a […]

China’s No. 4 Pinduoduo (PDD) Is Already a Social Commerce Giant

China has a new e-commerce startup ‘unicorn’ that is putting social commerce back on the map, in a big way. Pinduoduo, or PDD, raised $100 million in February, bringing the valuation of the company to $1.5 billion. (PDD raised its first round in 2015.) Business of Fashion / Bloomberg has a long portrait of the […]

Zalando Vizions

How Zalando Is Transforming Its Main App Into a True Platform With “Zalando Build”

At Vizions, Zalando’s conference on the topic of platforms (see photo above), we talked with Marc Lamik, Head of Product for Innovation & Partnerships at Zalando, about Zalando’s next platform initiative. This week, Zalando is unveiling the company’s next platform move; and this one’s going right into the heart of the business. (Mobile order share […]