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Shenzhen, the Capital of Amazon Sellers

Shenzhen, the Capital of Amazon Sellers

Shenzhen hosts a third of third-party Chinese sellers on Amazon and is estimated to be the city with the largest number of Amazon sellers anywhere in the world. It is a major city in Guangdong province, one of the leading commercial and manufacturing regions in China, with the economic hub Shenzhen as well as the capital Guangzhou.

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Ten Years of Walmart Marketplace

Ten Years of Walmart Marketplace

On August 31, 2009, Walmart announced the Walmart marketplace, expanding existing assortment by offering additional products from a select group of retailers. At the time it added nearly one million new items to the catalog from just a few sellers. Ten years later, the marketplace has grown to over 28,000 sellers, which all together bring 45 million items to the Walmart online catalog.

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Target Built a Marketplace It Doesn’t Need

Target Built a Marketplace It Doesn’t Need

In February, Target launched a marketplace called Target+, or Target Plus. The invite-only marketplace started with 30 merchants, and six months later has grown to just 55 merchants and 115,000 products. However, the last few quarters have shown how well it has been able to integrate stores into the online experience, rendering the marketplace no longer critical.

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Belei, Amazon’s First Skincare Brand, Is Not a Hit

Belei, Amazon’s First Skincare Brand, Is Not a Hit

In March, Amazon launched Belei, a skincare brand consisting of cleansing wipes, moisturizers, masks, and serums. Six months later, the brand has failed to impress consumers. Belei products are rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, and none had become best-sellers.

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Walmart Expands Next-Day Delivery to Over 30 U.S. States

Walmart Expands Next-Day Delivery to Over 30 U.S. States

This week Walmart has expanded the next-day delivery service to Massachusetts, Missouri, Virginia, and West Virginia, growing the number of states with next-day delivery to 33.

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Google Shopping Takes One Small Step

Google Shopping Takes One Small Step

The new Google Shopping homepage, now hosting 2,000 stores, attempts to unify the company's shopping efforts into one. Google has merged the marketplace-turned Google Express into Google Shopping, a service which used to focus on price comparison.

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Amazon Prime Day Focuses on “Exclusive”

Amazon Prime Day Focuses on “Exclusive”

On Prime Day 2019, the biggest winners were known brands and Amazon devices, as Amazon-owned private label brands took a back seat, according to Marketplace Pulse research. Over a million products were available with a Prime Day deal, but as competing retailers like Walmart and Target launched their shopping events, Amazon shifted focus to exclusive products and new product launches.

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Number of AmazonBasics Best-Sellers up Fifty Percent in a Year

Number of AmazonBasics Best-Sellers up Fifty Percent in a Year

The number of AmazonBasics best-sellers has grown by fifty percent in a year - from just over 700 in July 2018 to surpassing 1,000 this July. Amazon continues to launch new products, validate demand for them, and stop selling those which fail to attract customers.

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The Last Surviving Amazon Resellers

The Last Surviving Amazon Resellers

Less than 24% of the top Amazon third-party sellers are large resellers, each representing hundreds of brands on Amazon. Their share of the top sellers has been decreasing by two percentage points a year - down from 26% in 2018, 29% in 2017, and 31% in 2016 - indicating the challenges of growing a reseller type business on Amazon.

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Only 22% of Searches on Amazon Include a Brand Name

Only 22% of Searches on Amazon Include a Brand Name

More than three-quarters of Amazon searches are unbranded, seeking for generic products rather than name brands. Search terms highlight how Amazon shoppers' behavior is shifted from a brand-driven world observed elsewhere to a needs-based decision process.

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