Spencer Soper

Business, Logistics

Dave Clark: The Man Who Built Amazon’s Delivery Machine

Amazon Employees fill online orders at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

Amazon's logistics chief, Dave Clark, has transformed the retail giant's operations.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
December 17, 2019
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Amazon Cuts Off FedEx Ground for Prime Shipments This Holiday

FedEx truck and Amazon boxes Christopher Lee/Bloomberg

Amazon.com says FedEx Corp.’s delivery performance is slipping and will no longer let third-party merchants use the company’s ground delivery network for quick Prime shipments through the holidays.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
December 16, 2019

Cyber Monday Spending Climbs 20% to Record $9.4 Billion

Cyber Monday Getty Images

U.S. shoppers spent $9.4 billion online on Cyber Monday — up almost 20% from a year ago and a record — boosting an already robust holiday shopping season.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
December 4, 2019
Business, Logistics

Amazon Accused of Forcing Up Prices in Antitrust Complaint

Amazon Employees process merchandise at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Phoenix, Ariz. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

In a letter sent to federal lawmakers, an online merchant has accused Amazon.com of forcing him and other sellers to use the company’s expensive logistics services, which in turn forces them to raise prices for consumers.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
November 8, 2019

Amazon Expands Two-Hour Whole Foods Delivery

Whole Foods store Rogelio V. Soiis/Bloomberg News

Ever since Amazon.com bought Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.7 billion, shoppers and investors have wondered how the e-commerce giant would integrate the upscale grocer into its sprawling online operation. Now, after two years of tinkering, Amazon is betting big on quick delivery from Whole Foods.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2019
Government, Business

EBay Accuses Amazon Managers of Leading Scheme to Snag Sellers


EBay Inc. sued three employees working at e-commerce rival Amazon.com, alleging that they conspired with dozens of other workers to fraudulently take high-value online merchants from eBay.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
August 1, 2019

Data Suggests Amazon Customers Not Sold on Prime

Amazon boxes Packed boxes pass along a conveyor belt at the Amazon Robotic Fulfilment center in Tilbury, Essex, U.K. on July 12, 2019. Searches for "Canceling Amazon Prime" were 18 times higher July 15 than July 14. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg News)

Internet searches for “Canceling Amazon Prime” were 18 times higher June 15 — the beginning of Amazon.com’s two-day sale — than the previous day, according to search engine monitoring firm Captify, suggesting shoppers did not want to make a long-term commitment to the giant online retailer.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
July 16, 2019
Business, Logistics

Amazon Prime Day Boosted by Promotion From Taylor Swift, Other Celebs

Taylor Swift Taylor Swift performs onstage at The Prime Day concert in New York City on July 10. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Amazon.com is tapping high-profile actors, athletes and social-media sensations like never before to maintain buzz around its Prime Day summer sale, now in its fifth year and battling increasing competition from rivals.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
July 15, 2019
Business, Logistics

Amazon Poised to Unleash Purge of Small Suppliers, Sources Say

Amazon Martin Leissl/Bloomberg News

Two months ago, Amazon halted orders from thousands of suppliers with no explanation. Panic ensued — until the orders quietly resumed weeks later, with Amazon suggesting the pause was part of a campaign to weed out counterfeit products.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
May 28, 2019
Business, Logistics

Amazon One-Day Shipping Lifts Startups Serving Retailer’s Competition

Amazon Amazon delivery van (Kirsten Leah Bitzer/Bloomberg News)

Amazon's pledge last month to pump $800 million into making next-day delivery the new standard upped the pressure on its brick-and-mortar rivals to spend more trying to catch up all over again.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
May 7, 2019