3 ?’s Lawmakers Should Ask Amazon

By Rob Dunkel It has been a tumultuous year for Amazon. The eCommerce giant has been in the news often, and for all the wrong reasons. To list all of them would be veritable alphabet soup of criticisms: Anti-competitive practices, Bogus “Amazon’s Choice” badging, Counterfeit products, Defective third-party products, Extreme warehouse working conditions, Fake product reviews…and so on. The main focus is on Amazon’s anti-competitive practices. In addition to a formal antitrust probe by the DOJ and FTC, lawmakers have been conducting their own antitrust inquiry: Is Amazon competing with its’ third-party sellers? Is Amazon creating conditions that [...]

3PM Snacks – Wednesday, August 21

Welcome to 3PM Snacks, a mid-week (and mid-day!) rundown of what's going on in the worlds of eCommerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We hope you find it informative and easy to digest. Let's go... A David Vs. Goliath Story Amidst antitrust investigations by the DOJ and FTC, Amazon now faces a new threat: its own third-party sellers. Business Insider reports that third-party sellers on Amazon -- frustrated by Amazon's practice of introducing private label products that seemingly uncut popular third-party products and by Amazon's practice of suspending accounts with [...]

3PM Snacks – Wednesday, August 14

Welcome to 3PM Snacks, a mid-week (and mid-day!) rundown of what's going on in the worlds of eCommerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We hope you find it informative and easy to digest. Let's go... Sold By Amazon: The Right Program At The Wrong Time? As first reported by CNBC, in late July, Amazon quietly launched a new program called Sold by Amazon (SBA), which lets the company control third-party product prices in exchange for a minimum payout to sellers. The new program comes at a time when Amazon’s pricing [...]