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How Many Products Does Amazon Actually Carry? And in What Categories?

360pi releases new insight into Amazon’s total product count, top categories and marketplace coverage

Ottawa, Canada – June 14, 2016 – Amazon currently accounts for 1 in 3 shopping transactions in North America1, but how many products does Amazon actually carry, and in what categories? Who are the top marketplace sellers? 360pi, the leader in price and product intelligence, today released a new infographic that provides data, analysis, and insight into Amazon’s product scope, category coverage, and assortment strategy, including reliance on marketplace sellers.

The results are fascinating, and highlights include the following:

With just over 12.2+ million products carried directly, Amazon continues to rely heavily on marketplace sellers to complete their endless shelf.
According to 360pi’s data, Amazon the seller carried 12,231,203 total products as of May 2016, excluding Books, Media, Wine, and Services. As well, product variants were not included in this analysis. When products available from marketplace sellers were included, the total number of products increased almost 30X to a total of 353,710,754 products offered by Amazon and its marketplace sellers combined (applying the same exclusions noted above).

What are the top 20 categories on Amazon.com? And which is growing fastest?
360pi’s research and infographic details the top 20 categories based on the number of products listed on Amazon’s U.S. site, including marketplace sellers (again, the same exclusions apply). Of the categories analyzed, the top five in terms of product count are:

  1. Cell Phones & Accessories: 82,039,731 products
  2. Home & Kitchen: 64,274,875 products
  3. Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry: 33,422,437 products (including categories for Men, Women, Girls, Boys and Baby)
  4. Electronics: 31,604,887 products
  5. Sports & Outdoors: 23,997,293 products

360pi also tracked year-over-year changes in product count in several categories of interest, detailing shifts in assortment strategies and overall category growth. For example, from May 2015 to May 2016, Amazon increased its own product count in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry by 83%, while marketplace sellers in this category also grew the number of products offered by 84% – confirming the reasons why Amazon is projected to soon surpass Macy’s as the #1 U.S. clothing retailer.

688,690 unique brands sell on Amazon Marketplace.
360pi’s latest research provides insight into the diversity and strength of Amazon Marketplace, which now accounts for 50% of all units sold globally through Amazon, according to Jeff Bezos in a recent earnings release.2 Among the key findings:

  • 688,690 unique brands sell on Amazon, and 4,490 brands have more than 5,000 listed products.
  • There are 185,025 unique sellers on Amazon, and 7,729 of them list more than 5,000 products for sale.
  • Home & Kitchen is an especially popular category, with 60% of the top Amazon marketplace sellers primarily focused on this category.

“As our holiday insights campaign revealed, even Amazon is moving beyond just price to compete and win with shoppers. Increasingly, it’s as much about having the right product, as the right price,” stated Jenn Markey, 360pi’s VP of Marketing. “Our analysis helps level the playing field for retailers with unparalleled insight into which products Amazon sells itself, those offered by marketplace sellers, and key year-over-year shifts in product and category coverage across sellers.”

About 360pi
360pi derives profitable insights from product and pricing big data to help leading omnichannel retailers, etailers, and brand manufacturers compete and win with shoppers. 360pi’s customer base accounts for over $US200 billion in annual product sales and includes Ace Hardware, Build.com, and Overstock.com, along with several Fortune 500 consumer products companies. With the majority of in-store purchases being influenced online, 360pi helps retailers and brands successfully navigate the multi-channel landscape with real-time insight into who is selling what, where, when, why and for how much. Ultimately, 360pi customers make smarter decisions faster to drive increased revenues and margins across all channels.

Media Contacts

Aidan Griffin
Ketner Group PR + Marketing (for 360pi)
(512) 794-8876
360piPR@ketnergroup.com

Brit Gracka
360pi
(613) 562-2525 x 511
brittany.gracka@360pi.com

Internet Retailer, U.S. E-Commerce at a Glance, April 27, 2016 http://internetretailernews.blogspot.ca/2016/04/us-e-commerce-at-glance-infographic.html

Jeffrey P. Bezos, U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission, 2016 – https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1018724/000119312516530910/d168744dex991.htm