It’s me, Shoshy Ciment, coming at you with another jam-packed edition of Insider Retail, Business Insider’s weekly round-up of everything that’s happening in restaurants and retail. If you haven’t already subscribed, click here to do so and make your Fridays instantly more exciting.
There’s a lot going on this week. Here’s what you need to know:
Amazon has its biggest-ever Prime Day(s)
Even during the pandemic, Amazon’s 2020 Prime Day on October 13 and 14 broke company records, a company spokesperson told Business Insider.
BIG PICTURE: Prime Day was a big test for the e-commerce giant. According to Moody’s analyst Charlie O’Shea, the two-day shopping event served as a litmus test to reveal if Amazon’s delivery network could handle the heat amid a surge of orders.
How PepsiCo tracks what its consumers like
How does PepsiCo know exactly what its customers like? Simple: it pays attention.
As Alex reported this week, the beverage and snack giant monitors tweets, restaurant menus, and other online sources with help from tech startups like Black Swan to see what people are eating and talking about.
For example, this strategy helped the company introduce new SodaStream flavors when it noticed a spike in sales of the brand.
Inside the wild world of ‘Retail arbitrage’
This week, I took a deep dive into the world of “Retail arbitrage,” which refers to the practice of buying products and then reselling them online at a premium.
I spoke to the founders of Arbitrage Ops, an exclusive membership-based group that focuses on training beginner arbitrageurs and helping them scale their businesses on Amazon.
Since the group’s inception in May, some of its nearly 500 members have sold more than $400,000 in goods, according to screenshots of different members’ Amazon seller accounts that were viewed by Business Insider.
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