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Top 10 Amazon News Stories of 2015

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We have compiled a list of the most popular Amazon stories on InternetRetailer.com and below in snapshot, you can see what made the list. Updated September 2, 2015

#1

Manufacturers and distributors are getting the message

Amazon.com Inc. will shut down its e-commerce platform hosting venture in 2016, sources tell Internet Retailer at the IRCE Focus: Digital Design conference this week in Los Angeles. Four retailers in the Top 500 Guide and two retailers in the Second 500 Guide report using Amazon for at least some of their e-commerce platform work. Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2014 Top 500 Guide, declines to comment today about the future of Amazon Webstore. Read more…

#2

Say hello to Amazon Business, good-bye to AmazonSupply

Amazon is launching today Amazon Business, which builds on all that Amazon has learned in selling online to businesses to appeal to more of them, the company says. There’s a new big kid on the block in B2B e-commerce—new in name at least. Amazon.com Inc. is launching today Amazon Business, its new business-to-business e-commerce marketplace, matching millions of buyers and sellers with millions of products, says Prentis Wilson, vice president of Amazon Business. Read more…

#3

Amazon will soon collect sales tax from 74% of U.S. consumers

With the addition of Illinois on Feb. 1, the leading online retailer will collect sales tax from shoppers in 24 states, including eight of the 10 most populous states. Illinois shoppers have until Feb. 1 to shop sales tax-free on Amazon. Read more…

#4

Amazon Prime members convert 74% of the time

That’s in comparison to a conversion rate of 13% for non-Prime members, according to website traffic measurement firm Millward Brown Digital. Members of the Amazon.com Inc. Prime loyalty program are indeed very loyal to Amazon, as new research suggests those consumers convert on Amazon.com at a rate that’s 22 times higher than the average conversion rate of the largest online merchants in North America ranked in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide. Read more…

#5

Amazon punches back on fake product reviews

The e-commerce giant and marketplace operator sues website operators that sell fake product reviews. The sites add phony reviews gradually to avoid detection by Amazon, and advise retailer clients to ship empty boxes to the paid ‘reviewers’ to make it appear the review comes from a buyer, according to the Amazon suit. Hoping to crack down on fake reviews for products sold on its marketplace, Amazon.com Inc. has sued operators of four websites that sell fictional, often five-star praise. Read more…

#6

So, what would Amazon do with RadioShack stores?

Amid reports that Amazon has discussed buying some RadioShack stores, an analyst envisions three main uses for those locations, along with other scenarios. Showrooms for brands such as Kindle and Fire, and a place for customers to pick up online orders and return products—were Amazon.com Inc. to buy RadioShack stores, that’s how Amazon could employ those locations, says one longtime Amazon observer. Read more…

#7

Target.com’s president challenges Amazon

The big retail chain has learned to embrace change and blend digital and in-store shopping to win customers and sales, Jason Goldberger, president of Target.com and mobile at Target Corp. said in his keynote address at IRCE today. That gives Target a chance to beat Amazon, he said. “How are you going to beat Amazon? The answer is simple,” Jason Goldberger, the president of Target.com and mobile operations at Target Corp., said in his keynote address today at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition 2015 in Chicago. “Target.com cannot beat Amazon. Target will beat Amazon.” Read more…

#8

Jet’s day one beats Amazon prices

CEO Marc Lore says he will need 14-15 million customers and $20 billion in revenue to make Jet’s business model profitable. To start Jet on its way, the e-retailer hit the web today with a money-saving pitch, a marketing blitz and prices generally lower than Amazon.com. Jet needs scale for its e-commerce business model to turn a profit. To get there, Jet founder and CEO Marc Lore said today in a televised interview on CNBC that the merchant needs 14-15 million customers generating $20 billion in annual revenue. He projects it’ll take five years to get there and more funding than the $225 million the startup’s already raised. Read more…

#9

Amazon marketplace sales leave eBay and Google in the dust

A ChannelAdvisor report for July shows Amazon with a 30.1% jump in marketplace sales, likely influenced by Prime Day, while eBay falls short of projected growth. Sales on Amazon.com Inc.’s marketplace grew 30.1% in July compared with a year ago, driven by its ‘Black Friday in July’ Prime Day promotion. Google Shopping’s 13.2% growth was half the pace it experienced in the year-ago period and eBay’s growth slowed to a third of projections, according to the latest report out today from ChannelAdvisor. Read more…

#10

Amazon, Target and Groupon lead e-commerce awards list

Each is nominated in two of the 10 categories for the inaugural Internet Retailer Excellence Awards. The winners will be announced June 3 at IRCE in Chicago. Kings of conversion and stars of SEO will be celebrated June 3 with the presentation of the inaugural Internet Retailer Excellence Awards in 10 categories. Read more…

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