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Some industry analysts feel data transparency is inevitable, and that fear of the Amazon Business Marketplace is overblown; the real focus should be on how to survive in this new environment, not how to keep it at bay. Others see a threat to traditional distribution models. Some distributors are focusing on transitioning to new services-based revenue, away from traditional core product commodities. Justin King, Mark Dancer, Alex Moazed, David Sass and Ian Heller provide their takes on where they think distributors can best focus their resources.

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In a July survey, MDM asked readers about their perceptions and experiences selling through the Amazon Business Marketplace, a follow-up to a first quarter survey and analysis of the impact of Amazon Business on distribution sectors. More than 300 respondents shared their opinions and experiences (see end of article for survey details). The qualitative and quantitative data reveal both optimism and hesitation about doing business with a company many distributors see as a competitor.

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  • Amazons B2B Buildout
  • Survey Says: Amazon Brings Customers
  • Mechanics of Selling on AB

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In this special issue, we provide an analysis of the cash-generating business model that fuels Amazons growth, stock valuation and marketplace strategy. We feel it is critical for distributors to understand how Amazon is dependent on skyrocketing revenue as well as the potential impact on its marketplace sellers when that growth slows down.

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  • Fulfillment by Amazon
  • Disintermediation Risks
  • Implications for Distributors

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Amazon Business is rapidly making headway in B2B distribution, but you wouldnt know it by the reaction of many distributors. While the retailpocalypse has been in full swing for a few years now, most distributors show little concern about its B2B equivalent what MDMs Ian Heller calls the wholesalepocalypse. This article reviews Amazons model, evolution in B2B distribution, and metrics to gauge the threat posed by Amazon to your business.

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In part 1 of this MDM exclusive interview, Prentis Wilson, Vice President of Amazon Business, shared his thoughts on the value proposition of Amazon Business, its current focus and the polarized view many distributors and suppliers have for the company’s market position. In part 2, he discusses ways Amazon is appl;ying technology to streamline the procurement process for customers. A complete version of this interview is available on MDM’s new podcast series, Disrupting Distribution (see end of this article for how to subscribe to MDM’s podcast programs).

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