Category Archives: E-Commerce

Costco and Pricing — RetailWire

How important is it that Costco undercut Amazon’s prices? “According to a BMO Capital Markets study, Costco’s national brands prices were 19 percent less expensive on its website versus Amazon.com, while its Kirkland private-label brand was 16 percent lower.“ Supplier Takeaway Do you think that Amazon and Walmart have become the benchmarks for price points? What will this mean for your pricing strategies? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Are You an On Time In FOOL? Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: Amazon…Whole...

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eBay Announces Price Match Policy — TechCrunch

eBay is now offering to match Walmart and Amazon prices. . .sometimes: “The move is a significant effort on eBay’s part to ensure that it doesn’t lose customers to Amazon, Walmart and other online stores as the market consolidates behind the industry’s major players.“   Supplier Takeaway What do you think of this move? Smart? Or one of desperation? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Are You an On Time In FOOL? Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: Amazon…Whole Foods…Oh, Yeah, We’re Milking...

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Report: Walmart Asks Suppliers to Take Apps off Amazon’s Cloud — CNBC.com

There are reports that Walmart is asking suppliers to take apps off Amazon Web Services: “The big-box retailer is reportedly warning some tech companies that if they want Wal-Mart’s business, they can’t run applications on Amazon’s cloud platform, Amazon Web Services, some tech companies told The Wall Street Journal.” Supplier Takeaway What do you think of these reports? Do you use AWS?   Resources for Walmart Suppliers Are You an On Time In FOOL? Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: Walmart...

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User Generated Content #1 Sales Influencer — Chain Store Age

  Consumers rely on consumer generated content more than any other marketing tool when making a purchasing decision: “UGC is so influential that it surpasses all other forms of marketing, including search engines (87%) and promotional emails (79%), which came in second and third. Shoppers are also willing to pay more (81%) and wait longer (81%) for products paired with UGC, according to the study.”   Supplier Takeaway What are you doing to encourage positive reviews of your products? Does...

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UPS Announces Black Friday Surcharge — RetailWire

  UPS is adding a surcharge to Black Friday shipments: “’We’re focused on helping our customers achieve success during some of their most important selling seasons,’ said Alan Gershenhorn, UPS chief commercial officer. ‘To meet their requirements, UPS flexes its delivery network to process near double our already massive regular daily volume, and that creates exceptional demands.’” Supplier Takeaway How will this surcharge affect your business? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Are You an On Time In FOOL? Courses for Walmart...

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What will the Whole Foods/Amazon Deal do to Branding? — Forbes.com

With the massive acquisitions that are now taking place, what will happen to branding? “There has been a lot of analysis done already on this Whole Foods deal. Amazon has bought like 80 companies, including Zappos, Souq.com and Twitch, but nothing like this. What this means for retail and specifically for your Whole Foods shopping experience is yet to be determined. Same hour Amazon Prime grocery delivery? Physical Amazon pop-up stores within Whole Foods? Will Whole Foods start selling HDMI...

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Online Grocery Shopping Approaching “Tipping Point” — Christian Science Monitor

  Millennials are hopping on the online grocery shopping trend: “And it’s coming quickly, not just because of Amazon’s hunger to penetrate new markets, but for a broader demographic reason: Young consumers are suddenly shopping online for food. This year appears to be a  tipping point, as the share of Millennials saying they buy groceries online at least occasionally has surged to 43 percent, up from 28 percent in 2016, according to the Food Marketing Institute, an industry group based...

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Whole Foods Acquisition Beefs Up Amazon Supply Chain — Albuquerque Journal

If Amazon’s bid for Whole Foods is completed, Amazon will gain an extensive distribution network, including cold-storage facilities: “By acquiring Whole Foods, Amazon is buying not just an established, upscale supermarket brand, but also a vast distribution network of warehouses and more than 460 stores worldwide — replete with back rooms and cold storage — in some of the most affluent ZIP codes in America. That’s a significant boost in numbers for the Seattle company, which currently operates fewer than...

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Whole Paycheck No More? — Bloomberg

Amazon has some rebranding in mind for Whole Foods: “Amazon expects to reduce headcount and change inventory to lower prices and make Whole Foods competitive with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big-box retailers, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s grocery plans. That included potentially using technology to eliminate cashiers. An Amazon spokesman denied any job cuts were planned.“ Supplier Takeaway As Whole Foods undergoes a brand adjustment, new opportunities and challenges for suppliers, and competitors, will emerge....

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Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion in Cash — CNN.com

8th & Walton CEO, Jeff Clapper, comments on the big news of the day and what it might mean for Walmart and its suppliers. Listen to the podcast above (5 minutes)! Amazon is buying the embattled Whole Foods: “The deal shows Amazon’s interest in moving into the business of operating traditional brick-and-mortar stores, even as many retailers that have been crippled by Amazon’s growth have announced a series of store closings.“ Supplier Takeaway Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods gives it...

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