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Amazon quietly launches its own social media influencer program into beta

Social media influencers – like Instagram stars or YouTube celebs – often promote products they like, either as part of a brand relationship or as means of generating income through affiliate sales. Now, Amazon is looking to get in on this action as well. The company has quietly launched the …

Next Target for States Seeking to Collect Sales Taxes: Sellers on Amazon

Third-party sellers have so far eluded the crackdown<p>After spending years fighting Amazon.com Inc. to force it to collect sales taxes, U.S. states are turning their attention to the individuals and small companies that account for a growing share of the online marketplace’s sales.<p>Starting April 1, …

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Amazon to launch in Australia, local retailers vow to fight multinational threat

It looks like one of the world's biggest retailers is setting up shop in Australia, promising cheaper prices, faster delivery times, and access to a …

Amazon delays its entry into Southeast Asia

Amazon has postponed its much-anticipated entry into Southeast Asia. The company initially planned to launch local e-commerce services in Singapore during the first quarter of this year, as we reported in November, but two sources with knowledge of the plans told TechCrunch that the schedule has …

Walmart Marketplace Passes 10,000 Sellers Milestone

Today Walmart passed a big milestone - 10,000 sellers on the marketplace.<p>Even though Walmart marketplace was launched in 2009, it took a while before …

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That review you wrote on Amazon? Priceless

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story was not complete in its description of Amazon's review policy. Amazon bans on incentivized reviews, which includes reviews in exchange for free or discounted products,</i> <i>does not apply to its Vine program or book reviews.</i><p>SAN FRANCISCO — …

Watch Recode’s full interview with Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart eCommerce in the U.S.

Lore was on our Code Commerceevent stage in Las Vegas.<p>Marc Lore is a busy executive these days. Lore, who became CEO and president of Walmart eCommerce U.S. after the company bought his startup Jet.com last year for $3 billion, has been managing acquisitions and management overhauls. He’s also been …

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Here’s why user reviews on sites like Amazon are such a big deal

One of the great benefits of online shopping — other than not having to put on pants and/or leave the house — is that you can find user reviews for just about every possible product.<p>These reviews are helpful for comparing similar products, as well as allowing you to get a feel for and impression of …

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Wal-Mart Launches Tech Incubator, Promises More Acquisitions (WMT, AMZN) | Investopedia

Wal-Mart (WMT) is creating a startup incubator charged with developing cutting-edge retail technologies as part of a wider drive to modernize its …

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Wal-Mart adds another e-commerce property

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) continues its busy year of e-commerce M&A activity with the purchase of trendy online clothing seller ModCloth.<p>The company didn't …

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Amazon's OverGrowth Means More Seller Capability

Amazon’s OverGrowth Means More Seller Capability<p>March 14, 2017 By: Steven Anderson<p>I’m fond of shopping with independent sellers on Amazon. Often, …

Amazon Launches Spanish-Language Version Of U.S. Site

Amazon is no stranger to selling in multiple languages, with sites in more than a dozen countries, but until now the U.S. version Amazon has never …

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Amazon has brought Prime to Mexico

Amazon launched its Prime subscription service in Mexico on Tuesday, indicating a major push by the tech giant into the country's crowded e-commerce market, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>Prime membership in Mexico will cost $23 annually, and will include free video-streaming services similar …

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Sorry, But Amazon Isn't Actually Annihilating Retail Jobs

Beware the lurking variable. Even if you didn't suffer through a semester of college statistics, you're probably familiar with the adage "correlation …

Amazon just shared new numbers that give a clue about how many Prime members it has

According to its latest 10-K annual report, Amazon generated roughly $6.4 billion in sales from "retail subscription services," a newly broken out category that includes revenue from all of Amazon's subscription services, such as its Prime, audiobook, e-book, and digital video and music …

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Walmart is undergoing a significant transformation — and that should terrify Amazon

Vendors contacted by Wal-Mart about the change told Reuters the store and online buying teams of the world's largest retailer currently operate independently.<p>Wal-Mart has told some vendors it is seeking to make the buying process more efficient for itself and vendors, and improve coordination …

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How Amazon's Wooing Of Chinese Sellers Is Killing Small American Businesses

E-commerce is now global. The geographic boundaries separating the spheres of marketplaces like Amazon, Taobao, TMall, and JD, have dissolved very rapidly, and now merchants in the U.S. have direct access to customers in places like China, and Chinese merchants have direct access to customers in …

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Amazon's Supposed Automated Grocery Store Will Have as Little as 3 Human Employees

Online shopping platform Amazon is working on its first physical convenience store and, according to reports, an automated grocery store could be …

Here's why Amazon might buy a big retailer

Amazon now has stores in a handful of big cities and on college campuses. And it has plans to open up several more. But could the company's next big move be the acquisition of an actual brick-and-mortar retail chain?<p>Some Wall Street analysts are betting that Amazon could do just that.<p>Cowen analyst …

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FedEx's new service takes aim at Amazon

FedEx is getting deeper into the e-commerce game.<p>The global shipping giant announced Tuesday the launch of FedEx Fulfillment, a logistics network for small and medium-sized businesses.<p>Participating businesses will store their products at FedEx warehouses in the United States and Canada. FedEx will …

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China's online retail giant Alibaba launches Australian operation

Founder Jack Ma tells launch attendees Australia’s clean environment is its next ‘gold mine’ as retailers warn Alibaba’s arrival will increase pressure on them<p>Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has its eyes firmly set on the Australian and New Zealand markets, and has opened its first office in the …

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Alibaba Group expands presence in Australia, New Zealand

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer Alibaba Group opened its Australian and New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne on Saturday, its first expansion in the region as it seeks to tap growing global demand for products from the two countries.<p>The group's billionaire founder Jack Ma, who spent …

Amazon accounts for 43% of US online retail sales

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>An analysis by Slice Intelligence released this week found that 43% of all online retail sales in the US went through Amazon in 2016, as the e-commerce giant's market share …

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Amazon Web Services: the secret to the online retailer's future success

AWS was launched as little more than a way to buy space and time on Amazon’s computers. Now it powers Netflix, Airbnb and the Ministry of Justice<p>Amazon is big. In its last financial quarter, it sold $32bn (£25.6bn) worth of stuff worldwide, including $6bn of media, $10bn of sales outside North …

Walmart, Target and Other Retailers Are Teaming Up to Fight Trump's Border Tax

The retail industry and has stepped up its pressure on the Trump administration not to push its proposed so called “border adjustment tax” on imports …

Harvey Norman’s founder is gearing up for the retail battle of a lifetime, vowing to fend off Amazon

But there’s one man who refuses to “lie down for Amazon”, and his name is Gerry Harvey.<p>The founder of one of Australia’s biggest and most …

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Walmart is going after Amazon Prime with free two-day shipping and no membership fee

The only catch is a $35 order minimum.<p>If Walmart.com is ever going to put a dent in Amazon’s dominance, this will have to be the starting point.<p>The world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer is eliminating the membership fee on its own two-day shipping program, and simultaneously lowering its free …

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Made in China — and straight to your Amazon box

SAN FRANCISCO — Importer David Bryant says he made a good living buying boating products from China and selling them on Amazon.<p>Then he saw the writing on the wall: the so-called "middleman" in trade between Chinese retailers and U.S. buyers was swiftly becoming a thing of the past. Bryant sold the …

Understanding the real cost of protectionism

When the president speaks of closed factories scattered like “tombstones” across America, has he noticed the shuttered stores in shopping centers, …