Spencer Soper

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
Business, Technology, Logistics

Fighting Fakes Was a Big Reason Behind Amazon’s Big Vendor Purge

Amazon Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg News

Amazon.com on March 9 hinted that fighting counterfeits was a reason for its sudden and unexplained purge of thousands of vendors that sowed panic among longtime suppliers.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
March 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Purges Suppliers in Push to Boost E-Commerce Profits

Amazon Jim Young/Bloomberg News

Amazon.com abruptly stopped buying products over the past two weeks from many of its wholesale vendors, encouraging them to instead sell their products directly to consumers on Amazon’s marketplace.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
March 7, 2019
Business, Logistics

Grocery Delivery Helps Costco Edge Amazon in Consumer Satisfaction Survey

Costco David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Costco Wholesale Corp. may be a latecomer to e-commerce, but consumers love it even more than Amazon.com, according to a customer satisfaction survey released Feb. 26.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
February 26, 2019