Magazine Article | October 20, 2017

Leading At Amazon

By Erin Harris, Editor-In-Chief, Cell & Gene
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Alexis DePree, VP global supply chain, customer fulfillment at Amazon, explains how her leadership style helps her team operate the e-commerce giant’s complex logistics empire.

Amazon Prime. Prime Now. Amazon Go. Amazon Home Services. Amazon Family. Amazon Music Unlimited. Prime Music. Amazon Drive. Amazon Dash. And on and on. And on.

You get the point — Amazon’s services are seemingly endless. They’re in the news more often than not. If you’re not Amazon, you’re employing every business strategy in your playbook to compete with it. That’s because Amazon has the best long-term growth strategy available to investors today. Yet, Amazon still boasts only a 5 percent share of total retail sales, excluding food, across the country, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. But, CNBC recently reported that Amazon’s share of retail sales across the U.S. in key categories — sporting goods, clothing, personal care, and electronics — will only continue to accelerate. And, with the Amazon-Whole Foods deal in the works, traditional grocers will be forced to reconsider their strategies, too.