Amazon Prime Day Generating Competition From Rivals

By Joanna G. Ramey

The gravitational pull of Amazon Prime Day is so strong on shoppers it’s benefiting other retailers as well, according to an early analysis from a key data group.

On Monday, the first day of its 48-hour sales event, large retailers, those that generated annual revenue of at least a billion dollars, enjoyed a 64% increase in online sales compared with an average Monday, according to Adobe Analytics, which measures 80 of the top 100 retailers on the web in the U.S. That compares to last year’s 54%. In addition, niche retailers, those with annual revenue of less than $5 million, had a 30% increase in online sales.

Amazon’s fifth annual Prime Day, which this year began Monday afternoon, was created to drum up sales during sluggish summer months and sign up more users for the company’s membership program.

Other retailers have introduced sales to compete against Prime Day. Walmart has a “summer savings event” through Wednesday. Best Buy, eBay, Target and other retailers are also offering discounts.

The Seattle e-commerce behemoth said it was offering more than a million deals. Amazon’s own products, like its Fire tablets and Echo smart speakers, are usually among the strongest sellers.

The events have also helped to encourage shoppers to make back-to-school shopping purchases ahead of that season.

This year, some used the high-profile event as a way to garner attention for their protests against Amazon.

At a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, Amazon workers staged a protest Monday to raise awareness of what they say are unfair working conditions. A group of tech workers in Seattle, called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, is supporting the strike. Amazon said late last night that roughly 15 workers participated in the event outside of the Shakopee fulfillment center.

On Twitter, Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren voiced her support for the workers as well.

Amazon says it already offers what the workers are asking for.

“We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay — ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more,” spokeswoman Brenda Alfred said.

The company has faced labor unrest before in Shakopee and in Europe .

In New York, a coalition of labor groups planned to deliver 250,000 petitions to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Manhattan home calling on the company to cut business ties with ICE and end abusive working conditions in its warehouses. And some on Twitter called for a blanket boycott of Amazon during Prime Day.

San Diego State University Marketing Professor Steven Osinski said the protests were unlikely to have an effect on sales, however.

“Americans liking discounts will trump worrying about higher wages for two days,” he said.

The company counts more than 100 million subscribers to its Prime loyalty program, which costs $119 a year and provides free two-day shipping, free streaming movies, TV shows, music and other perks.

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Chair’s Blog: ICANN65 Meeting & Board Workshop

Thank you to everyone who participated in ICANN65. This fourth Policy Forum was the second held in Africa and the third ICANN Public Meeting held in Marrakech, Morocco.

ICANN65 served as a platform for cross-community dialogue on important issues and topics, such as the impact of the Phase 1 recommendations of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data; Universal Acceptance; policy aspects of DNS over HTTPS; DNS over Transport Layer Security (TLS); and the evolution of ICANN’s multistakeholder model.

Board Workshop

Just ahead of ICANN65, the Board held a three-day workshop in Marrakech. The workshop included a public Board meeting, a public update on the status of the Board’s FY19 priorities, and many sessions in preparation for the Policy Forum. The Board workshop followed the agenda outlined in my preview blog. During the public Board meeting, we passed several resolutions, including:

I’d like to congratulate the community for coming together to develop the FY21–25 Strategic Plan. Over the next few months, significant work will be done to operationalize the Strategic Plan. ICANN org will further develop the 5-Year Operating and Financial Plan, and the work to evolve ICANN’s multistakeholder model will continue. I encourage you to participate in these discussions, and to contribute to the Public Comment on Draft Financial Assumptions & Projections and Operating Initiatives for the development of Fiscal Years 2021-2025 Operating & Financial Plan, which closes on 5 August 2019.

Policy Forum

During ICANN65, the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees made great progress in their work, including:

Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

  • The Study Group on Emoji as Second-Level Domains provided a briefing to the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) and broader communities.
  • The ccNSO Policy Development Process Working Group delivered a briefing on the retirement of ccTLDs.
  • The ccNSO IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) Preliminary Review Team (PRT) provided an update, focusing on the need to review recommended policy relating to the selection of IDN ccTLD strings.

Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

  • The EPDP Team on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data made significant progress on their work, including the development of a template to detail possible use cases for requestors of nonpublic gTLD registration data; meeting with ICANN org to discuss future engagement plans; and reviewing the Phase 2 project plan.
  • The new gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group considered Public Comment submissions on the draft initial report and discussed areas of broad agreement emerging from the feedback.
  • The Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs PDP Working Group finalized the development of preliminary recommendations related to Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs.

At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)

  • The At-Large Review Implementation Working Group Interim Report 1 was submitted to the ICANN Board Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) in early June and endorsed by the ALAC during ICANN65.
  • At-Large Consolidated Policy Working Group Co-Chair Jonathan Zuck moderated a workshop on the topic of Geographic Names.
  • Members of the African Regional At-Large Organization organized several activities, including hosting 35 university students from Rabat, Morocco.

Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)

  • The GAC issued the ICANN65 Marrakech Communiqué and provided follow-up advice to the ICANN Board regarding the .AMAZON applications, two-character country codes as second level domain names and WHOIS, and data protection. The communiqué also provided statements on issues of importance to GAC members, including international governmental organization (IGO) protections, WHOIS, and data protection.
  • The GAC also discussed new gTLD subsequent procedures, two-character country codes, IGO protections, Domain Name System (DNS) abuse mitigation, ICANN reviews, GAC working groups, and internal operational matters.

Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)

  • The RSSAC had seven work sessions throughout the week to advance its efforts and discuss various internal matters, including its input to the Public Comment proceeding on “Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System.”
  • The two ongoing work parties in the RSSAC Caucus, Modern Resolver Behavior, and Root Server System (RSS) Metrics, made progress on their work as well.

Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

  • The SSAC held its regular Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Workshop, which included presentations on DNSSEC signing adoption statistics, DANE for SMTP usage statistics, the DNS Transparency Project, SMTP Security Options, and a review of the recent KSK Roll.
  • The SSAC also gave a presentation at Tech Day. The topic was the recent SSAC report, “SAC105: The DNS and the Internet of Things: Opportunities, Risks, and Challenges.”

Address Supporting Organization (ASO)

  • The ASO Address Council (ASO AC) did not convene at ICANN65, but several ASO AC members were present in Marrakech. The ASO conducts most of its policy development work on mailing lists and at Regional Internet Registry (RIR) meetings.

Ethos Award

This year, the selection panel of SO and AC representatives awarded Kurt Pritz the Multistakeholder Ethos Award for his dedication to ICANN’s multistakeholder model and his ability to achieve consensus among groups with disparate views and priorities. Pritz recently chaired the EPDP working group mandated to resolve one of the most significant issues in the ICANN community, a replacement framework for WHOIS. Congratulations to Kurt!

For more details on the workshop, including complete resolutions from the public Board meeting, please see the Board page. I appreciate your time, hard work, and ongoing commitment to ICANN. The next ICANN Board Workshop will take place in Los Angeles in mid-September, and I will share an update before and after that. We are already looking ahead to ICANN66, and I hope to see many of you in Montreal.

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