Holiday 2017 Alert: Amazon discounts 3rd party prices, Retail weeps

By Adrien Nussenbaum on November 6, 2017

 It’s important to start by clarifying that typically in the marketplace model, 3rd party sellers control their prices. The marketplace operator takes a commission on the sale, but doesn’t control the price.

However, today one of the largest Marketplace operators decided to wield their power and control 3rd party seller product prices. The Wall Street Journal covered Amazon’s decision to discount third party products ahead of the 2017 holiday season.

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Can (Walmart + Google) Take on Amazon?

By Jess Iandiorio on September 6, 2017

 One thing is clear: Doug McMillan is not waving the white flag. If anyone embodies the spirit of fighting back against Amazon, it’s Walmart’s CEO. In the March-April 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review, Doug opened up about his near and long-term strategy for Walmart.

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The On-Demand Economy Is Booming. Will Online Marketplaces Take Over?

By Mirakl Marketplace on June 30, 2017

 

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The Dark Side of Amazon Prime Day: Marketplace Sellers Take a Back Seat

By Adrien Nussenbaum on June 29, 2017

Amazon's eCommerce growth and profit margin is largely driven by the company’s marketplace strategy. More than 50% of the units ordered in Amazon’s retail business are from its third-party marketplace sellers. Those sales are virtually pure profit for sellers as Amazon does not stock the product, fulfill it (unless the seller pays for Fulfillment by Amazon or FBA) or service it. Rather, Amazon simply takes a commission in exchange for connecting buyer and seller. That being said, we can assume  that the lion's share of Amazon's innovation dollars are funded by marketplace sales and Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) business-- not its own retail business.

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Amazon is Coming for You!

By Barry Murphy on June 27, 2017

With the news that Amazon will acquire Wholefoods for $13.7 billion, industry pundits are weighing in on why the eCommerce giant would buy a chain of grocery stores. The theories are wide ranging:

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