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Digital Luxury: 4-Amazon the giant could remain a small player in real luxury

By Astrid Wendlandt
01/11/20
Digital Luxury - Episode Four: Amazon the giant could remain a small player in real luxury
Amazon has been one of the big winners of the Covid-19 pandemic. The American e-commerce giant reported record results yet again on Oct. 29, with third-quarter sales up 36 percent to $96.1 billion, as retail shopping continued to migrate online. But for the $1.5 trillion Seattle-based company, which sells everything from books to groceries, healthcare and films, the empire is still not big enough. It should include fashion and luxury, and it harbors serious ambitions in that field. Amazon does not ask itself whether fashion and luxury brands want to work with it. It believes that where there is a will, there is a way and it ploughs ahead. But in a year or two, Amazon may find it is only able to attract so-called premium or accessible luxury brands and those that need to heighten their profile or offload stock. The Silicon Valley mastodon will struggle to take on real, super-exclusive luxury brands. Here’s why.

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