Logistics, Brands and Wholesale are in Amazon's sights, not just Retail. Get ready.
Yesterday, I had an Amazon Prime home delivery made for some basics. As I answered my doorbell, I saw a young man get out of a rented Enterprise cargo van, full of Amazon Prime deliveries. He reached my house using Amazon routing software and concluded the delivery scan with his mobile phone, using the same Amazon software. My Amazon app instantly alerted me that my delivery had been received by me, as I shut the door. This man started working a few days ago as an independent for Amazon Logistics. Thousands are following worldwide, a la Uber, as Amazon leverages the gig economy for home delivery and more.
It is widely expected that Amazon Logistics aims to build a source to consumer logistics network that will
The math affecting the logistics industry is simple: with free shipping voraciously devouring margins, Amazon has to bring disruption
Amazon Supply, its wholesale and B2B arm that has already disrupted the Australian office products market, is now busy taking on the U.K. It will soon turn up the heat in Canada for established distributors across several categories, from office products to industrial supplies.
Even established “brands” are watching these events carefully. Amazon’s private label program for staple products, Amazon Basics, is picking up steam and reported to be growing over 20% year-over-year. As Amazon invites CPG companies to join their marketplace, several brands are looking at alternative strategies to build and manage alternative marketplaces and channels.
The information technology industry, which includes application providers, cloud
Mediocre retailers are already in the fight of their lives for survival. It is
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About the Author
Neel has held senior roles at various technology firms and is currently a Partner at SPICE Technology Group, Inc. Neel is a
Neel is the Program Chair & Board Member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP – Toronto Roundtable). He is also the Chairperson of the Program Advisory Committee for Business Process Management at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.