Prosper Insights & Analytics™, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, has released a new report available for purchase titled, “Prime Risk: A Retailer’s Guide to Understanding Amazon Prime Members.”
Over the past several years, as Amazon.com has grown its market share, loyal customer base, and product lineup, it seems that many competing retailers and brands underestimated – or were in complete denial of – Amazon’s impact on the retail industry and shifting shopping habits as consumers increasingly became comfortable purchasing online. Amazon is no longer an abstract digital pest for retailers – it’s a full-blown disruption to the industry as a whole. Shoppers, who are increasingly becoming Prime converts, LOVE the change, which in turn threatens the livelihood of every other retailer in the industry. As they gravitate toward Amazon in search of products, information, and other digital services, traditional retailers are left to compete for shrinking share of consumers’ wallets.
For retailers no longer in denial about the effect Amazon has had on both shoppers and the retail industry, this report is to serve as a guide to understanding Amazon Prime from the point of view of consumers, identifying which retailer shopper groups and formats are most at risk for losing customers to the Amazon vortex. Continue reading →
Nearly a year after its test launch, Wal-Mart Stores recently revamped its ShippingPass delivery subscription program, rolling back the price of a yearly membership by $1 – to $49/year – and speeding up the delivery time frame from three days to two. At the time of these changes, mid-May, the program appeared to be invitation-only, allowing interested shoppers to sign up for a wait list for membership. As of late June, while ShippingPass is still termed a “pilot” program, Walmart – per its website – has opened up subscriptions to “everyone, no invitation required.” With Walmart now offering comparable shipping speed at half the price of Amazon’s popular Prime membership, has consumer interest ignited for ShippingPass? Continue reading →
It’s been nearly a year since Jet.com, a direct challenger to the Amazon.com e-commerce empire, launched onto the retail scene. And over this relatively short time period, Jet.com has dropped its initial membership model, instead offering free shipping on orders over $35, two-day delivery on common household essentials, and an almost game show style shopping experience where customers unlock new deals and discounts when they waive free returns, buy in multiples, pay with debit cards, or add specific items to their online carts. On paper, this business model seems like a surefire way to gain savings-hungry, free shipping-loving shoppers’ attention. So is Jet.com making inroads with consumers? Or is the site destined to become another blip on Amazon’s radar, à la once hot flash-sale sites like One Kings Lane? For this analysis, we’ll take a look at Prosper Insights & Analytics’ latest consumer insights on Jet.com shoppers – including repeat purchasers – as well as how the Jet.com shopping experience stacks up against Jeff Bezos’ behemoth. Continue reading →
At the recent Shoptalk commerce event, Jason Goldberger, Target’s Chief Digital Officer and President of Target.com, spoke about his customers’ point of view regarding on-demand delivery, insisting that instead of an immediate gratification shipment, Target guests were more concerned with having their expectations met within an accurate delivery window. That is, if the shopper was informed that their package would arrive on Tuesday, it should be sitting on the doorstep on Tuesday, even if that meant waiting the standard three to five business days for the package to arrive. This sentiment was also reinforced by the retailer’s recent abandonment of its pilot partnership with the Curbside pick-up app to focus on delivery and execution of retail fundamentals. However, recent research collected by Prosper Insights & Analytics suggests that Target guests in particular prefer a more expedited shipping process. Continue reading →
When we first addressed Jet.com, the start-up had just launched with many speculating that this site, with its complex pricing algorithms, vast assortment, and low-threshold free shipping, could give Jeff Bezos & Co. over at Amazon a run for their money. Fast forward a few quarters (and past the crucial holiday season), Jet.com has dropped its membership model and is still spending media mega-bucks to convert shopper clicks away from competitors. For this analysis, we’ll take a look at the progress Jet.com has made with consumers at the seven month mark and whether or not Amazon.com should be worried. Continue reading →
Recently, retail industry analysts and pundits were abuzz with the launch of Jet.com. A combination of membership-only exclusivity, low-threshold free shipping, and an intricate pricing algorithm, this new shopping site was seemingly positioned to be a formidable challenge to the web dominance of Amazon.com as well as other popular club retailers. In a spending environment where shoppers continue to be driven by price, loyalty is hard-won and easily lost, and this new entry to the retail space was certainly positioned to turn shoppers’ heads (and wallets) in a new direction. Enough about Jet.com’s potential, though: are shoppers buying into the Jet.com hype? Continue reading →
In the battle of every retailer versus Amazon.com, Walmart is preparing to take direct aim at the latter’s popular Prime membership program this summer with the introduction of Shipping Pass. For $50 a year – half that of the $99 Amazon Prime program – Shipping Pass members will receive free three day shipping on Walmart.com orders; it’s a bid to promote loyalty for the Bentonville-based behemoth and keep wandering shoppers from clicking over to Amazon and competing retailers as the retail world becomes increasingly digital.
It’s an interesting move for the discount giant, whose shopper wheelhouse includes lower income, budget-focused families. Would current Walmart shoppers be willing to invest in a $50 free shipping program? And, would the Shipping Pass discounted price entice Prime loyalists to change allegiances? Of course, one can only answer these questions by asking shoppers themselves, which is exactly what Prosper Insights did in our latest consumer survey. Continue reading →
Is the Fire Phone the next great mobile device? With the first smartphone from Amazon.com set to launch on July 25, we took this question to one of the most important components of the buying equation, consumers.
Amazon.com may be finally facing a worthy adversary in the retail arena: itself. The online giant recently announced its intent to increase the $79 annual fee on its popular Prime membership by $20 to $40, but our consumer insights suggest that its shoppers aren’t buying into plan, signaling what could be a dangerous move in an already hyper-competitive retail environment where loyalty is hard to win and easy to lose. Continue reading →
While it remains to be seen how (or if) the 2013 Marketplace Fairness Act will impact sales for Amazon.com, what we do know is that the online leader seems to have a loyal constituency in its Amazon Prime Membership. For a $79 yearly fee, this group of elite shoppers receives free two-day shipping on eligible items and access to Amazon’s Instant Video streaming service as well as the Kindle Lending Library – and CEO Jeff Bezos is keeping the perks coming.
The risk to competitors is fairly obvious; this shopper coalition gives Amazon a top notch spot in their retailer consideration sets. Our intel tells us that Prime members’ propensity to shop Amazon.com is about double that of the general population for several major retail categories, including Women’s and Men’s Apparel, Shoes, Electronics, Sporting Goods, Linens and Bedding, and Health/Beauty Care. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Prime members are shopping Amazon exclusively or that they shun more traditional brick and mortar retailers. So let’s take a look at who these shoppers are, why they are so valuable to Amazon, and which retailers may be facing a Prime threat. Continue reading →