Amazon Vs. the Mall

This is a new one: Amazon being challenged by price competition. Up until now, consumer flock to the e-commerce giant for cheaper prices and reliable service. There seems to be a trend reversal now. Further improvements to the distribution network by Walmart, erosion of price differential due to tax collection on purchases, price matching games being played out by competing online retailers are fresh challenges to be overcome. Read more of this at: A Problem for Jeff Bezos: The Mall is Becoming Cheaper Than Amazon on the The Wall Street Journal Blog

Amazon’s India entry – launches marketplace

Amazon discreetly enters the Indian e-Commerce space – starts with the online marketplace business. (Click Here for the article – via “The Next Web”) In an attempt to bypass foreign direct investment (FDI) restrictions in India, Amazon has entered in an head-on competition with eBay – one small step behind Flipkart. Investing in Snapdeal empowers Amazon to localize the offering, complementing junglee.com – thus saving it time in this respect. Can Amazon leverage is renowned supply chain expertise through its Fulfillment business? While marketplace is an exciting opportunity to leverage, Amazon would sure hope that the FDI restrictions are relaxed for e-commerce vendors...