Amazon is America’s Most Shopped Retailer in Apparel

| Daniela Forte

Amazon has jumped from a joint second place with Target to first place among U.S. apparel retailers, according to a survey by Coresight Research. The survey found that Prime members account for two-thirds of all Amazon apparel shoppers, up from around 60% last year.

Amazon Backs Out of New York City Headquarters

| Daniela Forte

Amazon, bowing to local opposition, is backing out of a planned East coast headquarters in Long Island City, NY. Opponents of the $3 billion in tax breaks and incentives gained more fuel when it was learned Amazon will pay no federal income tax for the second year in a row. Plans are on track for facilities in Arlington, VA and Nashville, TN.

Amazon to Launch Marketplace in the Middle East

| Daniela Forte

Amazon is making a push for the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. CNBC reported the ecommerce giant has been reaching out to large third-party sellers in North America about the opportunity to expand in the underserved, oil-rich region.

More than Half of U.S. Brands Are Selling on Amazon

| Daniela Forte

Amazon has taken ownership of the U.S. ecommerce journey, with nearly nine out of 10 domestic shoppers visiting the marketplace during their purchase cycle and 50% of them beginning product searches there, according to data from Feedvisor.

Amazon Announces Two New East Coast Headquarters

| Daniela Forte

As expected, Amazon announced two new headquarters on the East Coast, one in Long Island City, NY and one in Arlington, VA, with plans to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs. This ended a 14-month process that had 240 U.S. cities selling themselves and offering huge incentives. See details of the two new locations as well as plans for a center of excellence in Nashville.