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Walmart News

Walmart Wants You to Focus on Booming US E-Commerce Growth

Walmart reported 2017 Q1 results yesterday, and the big story is impressive e-commerce growth. Retailer's online sales jumped 63 percent, and GMV jumped 69 percent. However, we need to point out that Walmart used to report global e-commerce growth which included all of online properties. This means the 63 percent e-commerce sales growth has no base to compare it against.

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E-Commerce News

Struggling Retailers Blaming Amazon Are Missing The Bigger Picture

There is a lot of enthusiasm about traditional retail dying. E-commerce is growing at a faster rate, but retail as a whole is growing still. Retailers are now often dismissing any responsibility for their struggles, and are by default blaming Amazon for it. Often from an angle of being unable to do anything about it. The test for business management is to explain their future strategy without mentioning Amazon once.

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E-Commerce News

MercadoLibre Went from Being the eBay to the Amazon of Latin America

MercadoLibre (MercadoLivre in Portuguese) has become the de facto internet retail option for Latin America. While initially MercadoLibre was the eBay of Latin America, drawing inspiration and even design ques early on from the US auctions leader, it is now much more the Amazon of Latin America. It moved on from auctions to products at fixed price, and has focused on the infrastructure the most.

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Etsy News

Etsy Is Backing Itself into a Corner

The fundamental value Etsy marketplace brought to sellers when it launched in 2005 was discoverability. At the time, being an artisan meant having very limited reach to the sea of customers. Today though Etsy found itself in a tough position - it has clearly already maximized opportunities in the handmade and vintage market. Etsy set expectations for sales growth it is now struggling to meet.

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Amazon News

Private Label and the Future of Marketplaces

The unique idea powering marketplaces is the hiding of complexity in picking a retailer. Instead of a customer spending time to find the best deal, and the best shipping option, a marketplace like Amazon suggest the best one. But we think this can be taken even further - a marketplace which hides the complexity of picking a product.

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Walmart News

The Marketplace Is Probably a Distraction for Walmart E-Commerce

Walmart marketplace launched all the way back in 2009. But the marketplace wasn't resulting in the only thing which mattered - sales growth. So Walmart went out and acquired Jet.com for $3.3b to bring in new talent and have the founder Marc Lore run Walmart's e-commerce. In many ways Jet.com acquisition happened because everything done before that wasn't working, marketplace included.

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Amazon News

Amazon Is Good at Building Generic Products, Not Brands

Amazon has so far done really well by launching generic products - products which do not depend on a brand. Batteries, cables, other electronics are a good examples of this. But Amazon hasn't yet figured out how to build brands. Sales of Lark & Ro apparel products are growing, but likely a lot of this is driven by search optimization and Amazon prioritizing own products.

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Amazon News

Amazon Is Twice as Big as It Seems

Last week Amazon reported great 2017 Q1 results, stating that "Net sales increased 23% to $35.7 billion in the first quarter, compared with $29.1 billion in first quarter 2016". But the net sales figure hides the true size of Amazon - Amazon has far bigger reach in retail than commonly understood.

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