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12/23/2020   'Amazon’s Problem: It’s a Giant Acting Like a Startup.' How Amazon Wins: By Steamrolling Rivals and Partners, by Dana Mattioli, Wall Street Journal

CEO Jeff Bezos still runs the e-commerce giant with the drive of a startup trying to survive, and that strand of its corporate DNA is becoming a liability


Several Amazon sellers said they have received notifications from Amazon, which has been battling fraud and fake goods on its platform, that say their products are used or counterfeit. Amazon suspends their selling accounts until they can prove that the products are legitimate, which can cause big sellers to lose tens of thousands of dollars each day, they said.


To turn their accounts back on, Amazon often requests that the sellers provide details on who manufactures their product along with invoices from the manufacturer so that Amazon can verify authenticity. Several sellers told the Journal they provided those details to Amazon to get their accounts reinstated, only for Amazon to introduce its own version of their products using the same manufacturer.


12/23/2020   Whitmer may veto lame duck bills giving major tax breaks to Meijer, by Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press

12/23/2020   Loves Furniture to close 9 more Michigan stores, by JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press

The Loves Furniture brand and company arose out of a May deal in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that sold 17 former Art Van stores in Michigan to Texas-based US Assets Inc. plus 10 other Art Van and Levin and Wolf locations in other states. US Assets' founder and CEO is named Jeff Love.

12/9/2020   Amazon to build facility at former Huron Township horse track, by Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press

7/21/2018   Attack of the clones: how Aldi gets away with mimicking big brands, by Michaela Whitbourn