Amazon Business

  • Guess Who is #1 on Drucker Institute Most Effectively Managed US Companies Study??

    Vanessa Fuhrmans and Yoree Koh published a WSJ front business page article titled “The 250 Most Effectively Managed U.S. Companies—and How They Got That Way“.  Quoting research from the Drucker Institute “Management Top 250” report, Amazon was evaluated as #1, just ahead of Apple, Alphabet (Google), Johnson & Johnson and IBM.  This despite having just a “2 […]

  • Please Amazon Open a Pharmacy. PLEASE!

    It’s a sunny Saturday morning in Southern California in June. I stopped at my local pharmacy, a large national chain, to pick up a prescription following a doctor’s appointment earlier in the week. It’s 10 AM, and the store is quiet. There is one customer talking to the clerk at the pharmacy pickup window, and one lady […]

  • Fast Fashion– Nothing; Meet On Demand Fashion

    While the quick inventory turns, responsive supply chains and customer oriented nature of “fast fashion” Zara, H&M, and many others are admired, Amazon has been awarded a patent for “On Demand Apparel Manufacturing” (US Patent 9623578).  The patent describes a system to create on-demand, custom fit apparel.  Part of the innovation appears to be the grouping […]

  • Innovate Like Amazon with The Future Press Release

    Bezos is famous for requiring teams to create a Future Press Release before launching into a new product, undergoing any kind of transformation, or entering a new market. Going through the process of creating a simple but specific product announcement forces you to find clarity around your vision. You have to think through key features […]

  • Amazon Reputation is Highest Among All US Brands

    Read about how Amazon has created this reputation and some of the methods you can adopt in The Amazon Way:  14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company. The Amazon reputation appears to be at an all time high despite some visible public relations and media challenges.  The Reputation Institute ( benchmarks companies against a […]

  • Amazon Streaming Partner Program – A Cable Killer??

    The Amazon Streaming Partner Program was announced this week.  At face value, it seems like a great PRIME customer value to subscribe at discounted rates with partners such as Showtime and STARZ.  Taken a step further, it escalates the competition between Amazon Video and other streaming content businesses such as Netflix and Hulu.  But the […]

  • Amazon May Launch Apparel Brands, Already On Path to Be Largest Apparel Retailer

    On-AMZN:  We launched the Amazon apparel category in October, 2002.  This was the first launch of the “[email protected]” platform at Amazon and the category opened with purely third party sellers such as Gap, Nordstrom and Macy’s.  Since then, Amazon has added hundreds of thousands of sellers in the apparel category, and become a major retailer […]

  • Actually Interesting News — Amazon Expands Prime To Items Shipped Directly from Merchants

    On-AMZN:  No doubt Amazon gets it share of press.  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve commented as I haven’t seen anything really surprising or potentially competitively gamechanging for Amazon.  This story on WSJ by Greg Bensinger — “Amazon Expands Prime with Goods Shipped Directly From Merchants” is actually both.  Amazon Prime membership is estimated to […]

  • Amazon Restaurants Scaling Up Reports Reuters

    On-AMZN:  Although the Amazon restaurant and delivery business launched (at least in Seattle) in December, 2014, Reuters reports Amazon is adding employees to this business, an indication of agressive ramp of this business in combination with Amazon Now.  A customer, using Amazon Now, could order dinner, drinks (wine or beer) and a DVD (well, they would […]

  • Amazon AMZN 2014 Shareholder Letter – Three “Dreamy” Businesses, Getting Smarter on PR

    If you are looking for insights into Amazon, the annual Shareholder Letter is always insightful, with many nuggets of strategic and cultural richness.  The Amazon AMZN 2014 Shareholder letter is no exemption and really gives four insights: First – the Amazon Marketplace Business is the core growth platform for the Amazon Retail Business.  Over 42% […]