Avnet Launches Store on Alibaba’s Chinese B2B Site

Avnet Inc. is expanding its offerings in China by launching a super store on Alibaba Group’s China-focused B2B purchasing and wholesale marketplace 1688.com. Through an alliance with Alibaba Cloud, the electronics distributor will also enable services such as IoT prototyping. As China’s largest wholesale platform for industrial products, 1688.com is home to more than 10…

What Distributors Really Think about Amazon Business

Amazon Business, the B2B unit of Amazon.com, attended this year’s EDS conference for component manufacturers, distributors, and manufacturers’ representatives for the first time, driving a few distributors to tackle the issue of channel disruptors. Clearly, e-tailers like Amazon Business and Alibaba are a concern to the distribution channel as they directly compete with them. Authorized…

The Amazon Effect: B2C’s Role in a B2B market

The Internet has completely transformed our world, including the way we buy. The rates of online and mobile transactions have never been higher, and e-tailers and virtual marketplaces have snagged a remarkable share of customers’ wallets. Merchants like Amazon and Alibaba are broadening their reach beyond their B2C domains and into the B2B commercial landscape…