Wake up — it’s tech time. I’m Jordan Parker Erb, and today I’ll be walking you through what’s going on with Amazon aggregators, and taking you inside more industry layoffs. 

Let’s get straight to it.

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1. “The party is over” for Amazon aggregators. Once white-hot investment targets raking in billions in venture capital, Amazon aggregators are hitting a slow down. We spoke with insiders who shared what’s next as funding evaporates.

Aggregators, which roll up top-performing brands on Amazon and attempt to optimize them to increase profitability, boomed during the pandemic. Some saw their valuations quickly climb into the billions.
But as investors grow leery because of concerns over the macro environment and aggregators’ business models, some are announcing significant staff cuts.
Now, industry experts are anticipating challenges and changes in the space — including consolidation, fire sales, and dramatic pivots.

What’s next for the former pandemic darlings.

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Source:: Business Insider


Amazon aggregators, once pandemic darlings, have hit a downturn

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