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Marketplaces Power Law

On marketplaces there is a distribution with a small number of really big sellers and a long tail of sellers that provide product breadth and liquidity. That distribution looks like a power law.

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Sears Tried

As once-giant Sears battles bankruptcy, we look back at the online marketplace it launched. It consists of 81,000 sellers today. The marketplace won't save Sears, but then nothing will.

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No Christmas at Jet.com

Jet website traffic reached new lows in December with 8 million visits, down from 22 million the year before. That's a decrease of 63% in a year. It’s not clear, honestly, why Jet is even still around.

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Marketplaces Year in Review 2018

The Year in Review looks at the state of marketplaces and their challenges, and makes predictions on what’s to come next year. It’s a deep-dive report built on our research, highlighting more than twenty different metrics and the context surrounding them.

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Chinese Sellers Are Building Brands on Amazon

More than ten thousand Chinese sellers are attending the 4th annual Amazon Global Store Seller Summit. Amazon's message in China is simple: innovate on great products, expand worldwide, and build brands. And it's working.

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Amazon’s First Year in Australia

Amazon Australia is starting to gather momentum as it grows the marketplace, expands the catalog, and enables Prime shipping. They have 25,000 marketplace sellers, 100 million products, and have doubled website traffic.

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The Challenge of eBay Guaranteed Delivery

According to our research of the 800 million items on eBay, 18 million are available with 3-day guaranteed delivery, 8 million are available with 2-day guaranteed delivery, and close to 2 million are available with next day 1-day guaranteed delivery.

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Amazon's Apple Moment

Amazon marketplace grew to a few hundred billions of dollars in size because brands refused to sell to Amazon directly. The future of Amazon is brands represented by Amazon, an Amazon agency, or by the brand itself. The opportunity for sellers is shrinking.

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