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The Tyranny of Amazon Convenience

Amazon has single-handedly - and permanently - raised the bar for convenience in online shopping. However, across the digital sector, some people are asking what the long-term negatives of convenience are. This convenience driving the Amazon flywheel hides some severe issues.

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Two Million Brands on Amazon

There are close to two million different brands on Amazon. Every second it gets bombarded with new brands, new (often) fake reviews, and new sellers. In all that noise, it tries to find products consumers would like.

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Amazon vs. Walmart One-Day Delivery

Walmart one-day delivery is available for 130,000 products in four cities: Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Ten million products are available on Amazon one-day delivery, in a lot more cities than four.

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The Dichotomy of Amazon and DTC Brands

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.

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40% of Merchants on Amazon Based in China

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.

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Short-Lived Brands on Amazon

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.

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Amazon Launches in the United Arab Emirates

Amazon launched in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, replacing - the largest e-commerce platform in the Arab world it acquired for $580 million in 2017 - with According to Marketplace Pulse research, Amazon UAE launched with more than 10,000 sellers.

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Amazon Officially Not a Retailer

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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Amazon Flexes One-Day Delivery

Amazon waited for the competition to catch up and is now playing both defense and offense by flipping the switch to enable free one-day shipping.

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Reverse Engineering Amazon Customers

The anecdote answer to the question “How do you feel about the data you’re getting from Amazon?” is “What data?” Brands and merchants often critique Amazon for the lack of data available. However, the limited data it does provide is enough to reverse engineer the supply and demand matrix.

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