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"Amazon has replaced...bureaucracy...with a feedback loop that generates cash [or] identifies problems"
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23 days ago by amandafrench
Nope: I never tire of this: . How can state replicate Amazon's power for public benefit using same thinking?
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4 weeks ago by lizconlan
When Amazon is the service provider, they’re permanently dogfooding. There is nowhere for poor performance to hide. Amazon has built a feedback loop as a moat, and it is incredible to watch the flywheel start to pick up speed.
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6 weeks ago by crankyuser
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Zack Kanter Contributor Zack Kanter is the co-founder of Stedi . I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors…
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7 weeks ago by patrick
I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation.
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7 weeks ago by mikon_nikon
via Pocket - Why Amazon is eating the world - Added May 15, 2017 at 10:14PM
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8 weeks ago by BastiRe
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9 weeks ago by AlexJubien
I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago by ghijklmno
I recently co-founded a software startup. Each month, I send out an update to our investors. But the past month was a bit different. Instead of just writing..
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9 weeks ago by zmoog
I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation. via Pocket
10 weeks ago by Pizzafootbal
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10 weeks ago by fma16
RT : Amazon: "incredible to watch the flywheel pick up at speed". Excellent (and & v scary) piece by
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12 weeks ago by oli
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12 weeks ago by lchin
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12 weeks ago by activescott
This all said, I believe that Amazon is the most defensible company on earth, and we haven’t even begun to grasp the scale of its dominance over competitors. Amazon’s lead will only grow over the coming decade, and I don’t think there is much that any other retailer can do to stop it.

The reason isn’t the bullet-point moats that are talked about in headlines, and it isn’t the culture of innovation or Bezos’s vision as CEO (though I do think Amazon’s culture is incredible and Bezos is the most impressive CEO out there). It’s the fact that each piece of Amazon is being built with a service-oriented architecture, and Amazon is using that architecture to successively turn every single piece of the company into a separate platform — and thus opening each piece to outside competition.
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12 weeks ago by inspiral

Amazon has replaced useless, time-intensive bureaucracy like internal surveys and audits with a feedback loop that generates cash when it works — and quickly identifies problems when it doesn’t.

They say that money earned is a reasonable approximation of the value you’re creating for the world, and Amazon has figured out a way to measure its own value in dozens of previously invisible areas.
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12 weeks ago by WimLeers
I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation. via Pocket
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12 weeks ago by minifig
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12 weeks ago by jonathan
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12 weeks ago by martinkelley
How Amazon is eliminating internal inefficiencies and avoiding technological stagnation by exposing its internal operations to external competition
12 weeks ago by joeo10
i have no way of evaluating the certainty of this piece but i found it interesting
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may 2017 by penixtissue
With FBA, Amazon allows third-party sellers to ship bulk inventory to Amazon — Amazon stores this inventory (which the seller still owns) in Amazon’s fulfillment center, ships the product to the Amazon customer when the order is placed and even handles all of the returns and customer service. The rates are incredibly competitive. And FBA isn’t limited to items sold on Amazon — sellers also can use Amazon’s “multi-channel fulfillment” option to ship non-Amazon orders to the seller’s customers. An example of this would be if Hydro Flask operated their own separate e-commerce store on Shopify — when a customer places an order on the Shopify store, Hydro Flask can send the order to FBA (you guessed it — via an external API) and FBA will ship it directly to the customer.
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may 2017 by dancall
RT : I've easily read 25+ articles about Amazon's approach to business. Most are repetitive crap. This one is fantastic:
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may 2017 by jimpick
Why Amazon is eating the world: I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation. via Pocket, added at:May 17, 2017 at 06:35PM
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may 2017 by LordEnzo
In the 10+ years since AWS’s debut, Amazon has been systematically rebuilding each of its internal tools as an externally consumable service. A recent example is AWS’s Amazon Connect — a self-service, cloud-based contact center platform that is based on the same technology used in Amazon’s own call centers. Again, the “extra revenue” here is great — but the real value is in honing Amazon’s internal tools.

If Amazon Connect is a complete commercial failure, Amazon’s management will have a quantifiable indicator (revenue, or lack thereof) that suggests their internal tools are significantly lagging behind the competition. Amazon has replaced useless, time-intensive bureaucracy like internal surveys and audits with a feedback loop that generates cash when it works — and quickly identifies problems when it doesn’t. They say that money earned is a reasonable approximation of the value you’re creating for the world, and Amazon has figured out a way to measure its own value in dozens of previously invisible areas.
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may 2017 by perich
RT : Must read. Management as API. Small pieces loosely joined =
$136 billion sales
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may 2017 by robsog
RT : Amazon's competitive advantage is in its operating model. It's a far scarier competitor than it looks on surface:
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may 2017 by sboots
AWS' QUOTE revenue bonanza is a footnote compared to the overlooked organizational insight that Amazon discovered: By carving out an operational piece of the company as a platform, they could future-proof the company against inefficiency and technological stagnation..... this strategy — in one of the most herculean displays of effort in the history of the modern corporation — has permeated Amazon at every level. Amazon has quietly rolled out external access in nooks and crannies across their entire ecosystem, and it is this long tail of external service availability that I think will be nearly impossible to replicate.
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may 2017 by lafgrp
If Amazon Connect is a complete commercial failure, Amazon’s management will have a quantifiable indicator (revenue, or lack thereof) that suggests their internal tools are significantly lagging behind the competition. Amazon has replaced useless, time-intensive bureaucracy like internal surveys and audits with a feedback loop that generates cash when it works — and quickly identifies problems when it doesn’t. They say that money earned is a reasonable approximation of the value you’re creating for the world, and Amazon has figured out a way to measure its own value in dozens of previously invisible areas.
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may 2017 by russelldavies
Amazon's competitive advantage is in its operating model. It's a far scarier competitor than it looks on surface:
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may 2017 by hillary
Amazon’s fulfillment center, ships the product to the Amazon customer when the order is placed a
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may 2017 by Freiner
Amazon has replaced useless, time-intensive bureaucracy like internal surveys and audits with a feedback loop that generates cash when it works — and quickly identifies problems when it doesn’t. They say that money earned is a reasonable approximation of the value you’re creating for the world, and Amazon has figured out a way to measure its own value in dozens of previously invisible areas.
may 2017 by tinotopia
RT : Excellent unpacking of Amazon's winning ways
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may 2017 by peba
"Amazon is the most defensible company on earth, and we haven’t even begun to grasp the scale of its dominance"
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may 2017 by TaylorPearson
I co-founded a software startup in December. Each month, I send out an update to our investors to keep them updated on our progress. But the past month was a bit different — our industry (retail) is going through a transformation. via Pocket
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may 2017 by archizoo
RT : Excellent unpacking of Amazon's winning ways
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may 2017 by jukkan
RT : Excellent unpacking of Amazon's winning ways
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may 2017 by mieky
I remember reading about the common pitfalls of vertically integrated companies when I was in school. While there are usually some compelling cost savings to be had from vertical integration (either through insourcing services or acquiring suppliers/customers), the increased margins typically evaporate over time as the “supplier” gets complacent with a captive, internal “customer.”

There are great examples of this in the automotive industry, where automakers have gone through alternating periods of supplier acquisitions and subsequent divestitures as component costs skyrocketed. Divisions get fat and inefficient without external competition. Attempts to mitigate this through competitive/external bid comparison, detailed cost accountings and quotas usually just lead to increased bureaucracy with little effect on actual cost structure.

The most obvious example of Amazon’s SOA structure is Amazon Web Services (Steve Yegge wrote a great rant about the beginnings of this back in 2011). Because of the timing of Amazon’s unparalleled scaling — hypergrowth in the early 2000s, before enterprise-class SaaS was widely available — Amazon had to build their own technology infrastructure. The financial genius of turning this infrastructure into an external product (AWS) has been well-covered — the windfalls have been enormous, to the tune of a $14 billion annual run rate. But the revenue bonanza is a footnote compared to the overlooked organizational insight that Amazon discovered: By carving out an operational piece of the company as a platform, they could future-proof the company against inefficiency and technological stagnation.
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may 2017 by eaconley
Amazon's greatest success is offering every piece of their operation as a publicly consumable service, so they all have to compete and get better.
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may 2017 by mcherm
Amazon has become uncatchable — and not only because of its vast economies of scale and scope. Less obviously, but even more importantly, it has an effective strategy to future-proof its operations against inefficiency and technological stagnation. Each piece of Amazon sells its services to third parties, so that any falling-off in competitiveness is exposed immediately. “Amazon will only be brought down by an anti-trust case or a paradigm shift in how we consume physical products”
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may 2017 by JohnDrake