Does Amazon Have an Acquisition Hit List?

There’s been a lot of speculation lately around Amazon’s long-term strategic intentions and its overall modus operandi.

David Streitfeld’s New York Times blog opined that, “it has made the future of bookselling seem as if it will inevitably be owned by Amazon.”

Others have been very quick to pick up on the organizational and technological pincer movement that enables this market dominance, with “green marketing and business ethics success expert” Shel Horowitz, for instance, remarking that:

“This is what happens when a company gains a market share bordering on monopoly—while establishing a tech and logistics infrastructure that would be very difficult for a new competitor to match.”

So naturally there is also speculation about what might be the next proverbial dominoes to fall in Amazon’s bid for total world domination.


Infographic source: Software Advice

Now, David K. Wolpert, the founder and president of  Swordfish Communications, a Texas-headquartered product marketing and content marketing services firm, has gone on record with his guide to Amazon’s past acquisitions—and his predictions about what they might acquire next.

Writing on the Software Advice blog, he not only produces a fine graphical “History of Acquisitions by,” but also a putative hit list of who Amazon may have in its sights.

Top of the list comes office supplies giant Staples, followed by RadioShack, Best Buy and Netflix. Most interesting

4 Comments on Does Amazon Have an Acquisition Hit List?

  1. What about Barnes and Noble retail stores?

  2. Amazon is pervasive for authors and self publishers, making checking our ranks like the stock market. My true concern: Will it get so big that it topples over as a superpower?

  3. No, it will be taken apart by the DOJ once the lawyers realize they made a big mistake going after Apple for something it did not do. If Amazon is that big already, and really plans to take over most of the entertainment complex, I don’t think I will be buying anything from those stores/services anymore. I don’t do Amazon anymore, thanks to its pervasive scheme of undercutting everyone in the publishing industry, disenfranchising authors and basically making itself into a monopoly on power. It has too many sock puppets and “spokesmen” using fakespeak to support its propaganda already, and it refuses to obey the law. That alone should have made the DOJ go after it, but it pulled the tug out from under the publishers by sending a letter to DOJ telling them about the “collusion”. Oh, please. DOJ is really stupid and should do a better job.

  4. So it didn’t bother you that they did collude, price fix and lie? Interesting take.

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