Amazon’s Full Court Press of SMBs is Paying Dividends

Amazon is engaging SMBs in a full court press as “omni-channel” becomes the norm for SMBs and retail. The Web giant is a natural rival of SMBs in many categories, but it is becoming hard to avoid as it begins to provide a list of helpful “infrastructure” services that don’t always relate directly to sales […]

‘Local Curation Commerce,’ Part II: Peach Delivers Curated Lunches From Restaurants

“Best of” editions are great media properties for city sites, city magazines and alt weeklies. Can they make the shift to e-commerce? Can they generate leads for a business; generate incremental sales and new customers; and ‘scale’? The challenges and opportunities for what might be called “local curation commerce” is addressed in Monday’s profile of […]

DexYP’s Gordon Henry — ‘Stop Being Amazon’d to Death’

Yellow Pages can shift into an even larger business that not only sells advertising, but provides complete marketing and administrative services, according to DexYP EVP and CMO Gordon Henry, who is set to speak at The B2SMB Summit, one of his first appearances since Dex merged with YP last winter to form a Yellow Pages […]

How Amazon Will Use Whole Foods as a Local Retail Anchor and Lifestyle Platform

Whole Foods has been rescued by its $13.7 Billion sale to Amazon, which should not only be able to leverage WF’s 431 stores with upscale shoppers, but amplify it with personalization, promotions, Prime Now delivery, and a broader selection of high margin lifestyle goods (which account for a high percentage of Whole Foods’ profit). Whole […]

ShopTalk17: Amazon PrimeNow and The Customer Push for Speed

While some players have dropped out, fast and cheap deliveries are still seen by retailers as a competitive boost — and a key to impulse purchases. Amazon, Google, Uber, Postmates, Instacart and Best Buy are among those players investing heavily in their delivery capabilities. Each has been especially challenged by expectations set by Amazon’s Prime […]

ShopTalk 17: Retail Brands Focus on Amazon ‘Work Arounds’

For many brands and retailers, working around Amazon is the new reality – even as they participate in Amazon’s marketplace, and/or use Amazon Web Services, fulfilment and payments. Amazon “work arounds” were one of the main focus points for the 5,600 attendees at ShopTalk17 this week in Las Vegas. Those taking the stage were clearly […]