Target reported e-commerce sales growth of 42% in the first quarter of 2019, almost all of which can be attributed to its stores - Target’s stores handled more than 80% of the first quarter e-commerce volume. What is more, same-day fulfillment services (Order Pick Up, Drive Up and Shipt) drove more than half of the company’s e-commerce sales growth and were all shipped directly from stores.
In ten years since 2009, e-commerce share of retail spending in the U.S. has grown from 3.8% to 10.2%. Last quarter it for the first time surpassed 10%.
Amazon's retail platform is built on legacy principles of the wholesale past. As it slowly readjusts to offer more data and better tools for brands, brands are innovating outside of Amazon, leaving it, together with the rest of retailers, watching from the sidelines.
Google is working to reduce the number of clicks from discovery to purchase. To compete in the world of Amazon, platforms for discovery have to bring the shopping experience in-house. Otherwise, the consumer is one tap away from opening the Amazon app.
40% of the top sellers on Amazon are based in China, up from 26% two years ago, according to Marketplace Pulse research. For Chinese retailers and manufacturers, Amazon is the most efficient direct-to-consumer platform to reach the US and European shoppers.
In the headphones category on Amazon, 2,435 different products from 766 brands were one of the top 100 best-sellers in the last twelve months. That’s seven new products from two new brands every day replacing previous products in the top 100 list.
Amazon launched in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, replacing Souq.com - the largest e-commerce platform in the Arab world it acquired for $580 million in 2017 - with Amazon.ae. According to Marketplace Pulse research, Amazon UAE launched with more than 10,000 sellers.
In the latest quarter, Amazon online sales accounted for less than 50% of the company's total revenue. For the first time since the company was founded in 1994, Amazon generated more revenue from AWS cloud hosting, Prime memberships, the third-party marketplace, and advertising, than it did from selling products online.
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