Thusday’s with Tom – Learn from Diapers.com… Nail your Niche!

November 18th, 2010 by databot

As word spreads this week that Amazon purchased Diapers.com for a whopping $545,000,000, I wanted to make sure and give you a little background on how this business grew in less that 5 years.   The team at Diapers.com focused on one type of customer and for the most part one product and built in value added products in which they made good margins while selling diapers for little to no profit. The key to this strategy is that customers come back over and over and over again.  They place multiple orders for diapers but add wipes or lotion etc.  This company was so successful that Walmart and Amazon.com got into quite the bidding war for the 5 year old startup.  I also admire the passion in which they started the business check out this quote below and the corresponding article from businessweek.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon Web Services Launches Status Site

April 17th, 2008 by Kyle West

As you know we’re now using Amazon S3 for our image hosting. Today Amazon launched a feature I love, AWS Service Health Dashboard. A quick visit to the website shows the real-time health of all the Amazon Web Services. If you are having any issues with your product images check out the AWS Health Dashboard for Amazon Simple Storage Service (US).

Don MacAskill over at SmugMug has a great writeup if you’re interested in this sort of thing.

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