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Old 10-10-2018, 07:32 AM   #61
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Platform Economics and the "End Game"

Jeff Bezos is the fox and the rest of us are the chickens--- mine

cluck, cluck, ...

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The professor recalled listening to Bezos speak back in the early 1990s, when everybody thought he was just a book seller and wondered how he would ever turn a profit.

“We didn’t understand that he was in the business of accumulating customer information and really didn’t care about short-term profits because he, unlike the rest of us, understood platform economics,” Meyer said.
And he has since moved beyond that to ecosystem economics, which don't depend on rock bottom pricing. Or wages. But by advocating for higher wages for his competitors he consolidates his gains and can move on without worrying about being undercut by the startups that he's foreclosed.

Still one step ahead.
Yeah, he's crazy like a fox.

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Not to worry my friends. Not too much maybe...

I should have known never to doubt a multi-multi Billionaire. All will be well and there will be a chicken in every pot. I feel warm already.

Amazon reasures Bernie!
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Better off on paper.
For 2018.
Let's see how the numbers look when the stock hits $2500.
Or when income tax rates go up again.
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Better off on paper.
For 2018.
Let's see how the numbers look when the stock hits $2500.
Or when income tax rates go up again.
Or not as Amazon plunges down to 1,755 from a high of a bit over 2000. Stock prices rises and falls are more of a trailing indicator than a leading indicator and sometimes have nothing to do with the actual health of a company.

Amazon has some interesting issues. In project management, there is an old saying - "Cheap, fast, good - chose two of the three". My observation is that saying is a bit optimistic, frequently you end up with one. Amazon is built on the idea that one can get all three, cheap quality good that are delivered fast. More specifically, prime customers have come to expect fast free delivery. The question is can Amazon continue to deliver, so to speak.
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Amazon reasures Bernie!
There is a further increase for workers over $15 and replacement bonuses for gone bonuses that your link did not mention.

Amazon is raising some workers’ pay further after controversy
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More specifically, prime customers have come to expect fast free delivery. The question is can Amazon continue to deliver, so to speak.
I don't see the problem. They used to undercut everybody else to grab marketshare, right? Why couldn't they do that again? Except this time they are not lowering the prices, but keeping the prices the same as if nothing happened. Don't worry, it will be only temporary until everybody else is forced to increase their prices after Amazon out of the goodness of their heart successfully lobbies for increasing all competitors wages as well.

That is how you stick it to the politician.
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I don't see the problem. They used to undercut everybody else to grab marketshare, right? Why couldn't they do that again? Except this time they are not lowering the prices, but keeping the prices the same as if nothing happened. Don't worry, it will be only temporary until everybody else is forced to increase their prices after Amazon out of the goodness of their heart successfully lobbies for increasing all competitors wages as well.

That is how you stick it to the politician.
Even better for them: with a tightening job market, they were going to have to raise wages for the temps anyway. By moving ahead of their competitors they get first crack at available labor this holiday season. Competitors will either have to make do with lower ranked labor or face a shortage.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-f...004-story.html

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Here's how wage analyst Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist at UC Berkeley, put it in the Washington Post: "We have a tight labor market, and these are tough jobs with high turnover rates. You add in that Amazon is competing for workers, and it makes sense that it is raising wages."

Once the labor market hits full employment — an all too rare occurrence in recent decades — even employers of the magnitude of Amazon have to kick up pay to hire and keep the workers they need. Economists call demand for labor "derived" demand, as it is derived from the consumer demand for the goods and services workers produce. Such demand is strong right now, and companies either staff up to meet that demand or leave profits on the table.
Market forces alone would have moved them higher anyway but with the offset the net impact is reported at 1% whereas for the competition the impact will be much higher. Revenue growth can offset the 1% without impacting stock growth. Without a comparable offset, the impact will be higher on the competition. Walmart going to $11 was going to cost them $300M--going to $15 would add even more on top of that. For Amazon it's estimated at a billion before the offset. Walmart is not going to enjoy a billion increase in costs. Other competitors can't even dream of adding even a fraction of that.

The real driver is 4% unemployment, not political pressure.
But letting the politicians take credit was really useful.

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More on Amazons $15/hr move.

The Unforseen Problems with $15 per hour

The Analysis goes on and on. I can hear the discussions in the business schools now, and of course the politicians will have their say.

Still it is a good discussion to have.
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The Analysis goes on and on. I can hear the discussions in the business schools now, and of course the politicians will have their say.

Still it is a good discussion to have.
There is little unforseen in the discussion.
It is a long-running debate going back decades.
And the consequences are well documented.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/b...imum-wage.html

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/02...s-into-effect/

(Note that the Seattle increase was local so a lot of business just moved jobs outside the city. Not an option under a federal hike.)

The biggest part of the problem is they keep forgetting the "minimum" part of minimum wage. And that living costs are different across the country. Forcing every business in every town to pay San Francisco wages will kill entire businesses elsewhere, like bookstores. Since book prices are printed on the cover bookstores don't have the option to raise prices. Not every community has big tech companies pouring cash into their economies. Some have to get by with farming, manufacturing, and service industries.

Other businesses have similar problems because price elasticity means higher prices lead to lower traffic. Sit-down family restaurants are fragile enough that even slight economic downturns kill them by the dozen.

Blind one size fits all advocacy is a surefire mess in the making.

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