But the deal has not been received in a celebratory manner by the e-commerce industry at large because a lot of investors and entrepreneurs were hoping Zulily would prove so much more about how to fend off Amazon.
Literally, pure-play ecommerce is now just Amazon if we exclude marketplaces like Alibaba, Ebay and Rakuten. Has the boat sailed on pure-play B2C ecommerce? Perhaps, but maybe Xiaomi and others that remain online only or go direct to consumers can make it. Interesting to me are those etailers that are leveraging lean supply chains (read little to zero inventory). I think these type of companies can prove otherwise. What do you think?
Watch the space.