Amazon was begun in 1994 in Seattle Washington by Jeff Bezos, and was initially little more than an online bookstore. From those humble beginnings, Amazon has become the largest online ecommerce retailer, and one of the most powerful brands in the world. Not only has it expanded its offerings of goods and services, but it also participates in the streaming video marketplace, the cloud computing marketplace, and most recently Amazon has entered into banking.
Amazon is the most valuable retailer in the world, having surpassed Wal-Mart back in 2015. It is also the fourth most valuable company in the world, topped only by Alphabet, Apple and Microsoft. Estimated monthly traffic: 447 Million visits.
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eBay is an online shopping site that’s best known for its auctions and consumer to consumer sales. It’s also extremely popular for online merchants to use as a sales channel. Founded in 1995, eBay has expanded to more than 20 countries, organizing the sale of products ranging from cars and vehicles to electronics and fashion, home and garden to sports and toys, and even business and industrial products. Estimated monthly traffic: 356 Million visits.
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Argos, is a British catalogue retailer operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and a subsidiary of Sainsbury’s. It was established in November 1972 and is named after the Greek city of Argos. The company trades both through physical shops and online, with over 883 retail shops, 29 million yearly shop customers, and nearly a billion online visitors per annum, making it one of the largest high street retailers in the United Kingdom. Argos sells electronics, home and garden products, clothing, toys and sports equipment, and more. Estimated monthly traffic: 85 Million visits
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Asos was founded in 2000 in London, primarily aimed at young adults.The online store sells over 850 brands as well as its own range of clothing and accessories, and ships to all 196 countries from fulfilment centres in the UK, US and EU. Asos is the leading British company in the UK e-commerce market and they employ more than 3000 employees. Estimated monthly traffic: 55 Million visits.
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Asda, is a British supermarket retailer, headquartered in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The company was founded in 1949. Today Asda is a leading retailer in the UK, owned by the American retail giant Walmart.. Besides its supermarket where it sells groceries and various consumer, clothing and home products, Asda is also a financial service and mobile phone provider, which are also on offer online through Asda’s e-commerce platform. Estimated monthly traffic: 26 Million visits
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Tesco was founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen. Tesco is the world’s third largest retailer and one of the biggest companies in UK. They operate with hypermarkets and convenience stores. Through its brick-and-mortar stores and its e-commerce platform, Tesco sells groceries, home and hygiene products as well as clothing, and financial and telecommunications services. Estimated monthly traffic: 26 Million visits
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Marks & Spencer is a leading retailer that specializes in selling clothing, home products, and luxury food products. Founded in 1884, Marks & Spencer is firmly present in the UK and Ireland. To further its growth M&S has launched a new round of development by opening brick-and-mortar stores in Europe and Asia as well as selling online through its own website and with a partnership with German e-commerce store Zalando. Estimated monthly traffic: 25 Million visits
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John Lewis & Partners is a chain of high-end department stores operating throughout the United Kingdom. Concessions are also located in the Republic of Ireland and Australia. Operating with more than 50 stores in the UK, John Lewis has also become a leading online seller of home and electrical appliances, fashion, beauty, baby, sports accessories, etc. Estimated monthly traffic: 21 Million visits
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Originally an electrical retailer, Currys specializes in selling home electronics and household appliances through the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Recently combined with PC World by its owner, Dixons Carphone, Currys PC World also provides an e-commerce platform to sells household and telecommunications appliances online. Estimated monthly traffic: 18 Million visits
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Debenhams is a chain of department stores selling a range of clothing, household items and furniture in more than 170 stores and through its website. Founded in 1778, Debenhams has expanded throughout the country and opened stores in Ireland, and Denmark through the acquisition of Magasin du Nord. Estimated monthly traffic: 15 Million visits
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