Monday, May 21, 2007

Amazon left Zlio

I just received an email from Zlio that Amazon leaves Zlio. Too bad. May be that was the biggest Zlio merchant partner. I can't say this is something I didn't expect. I assume this is news that will push a lot of Zlio users away from it. I predict in next months Zlio will lose another partners and will gain new ones. This is normal because Zlio is a new service and still doesn't have established partnerships with the outer merchant world. What I hope is that it will survice. Expect more news on this topic in my next posts. I am attaching the mail body:

Dear user,

One week ago Amazon informed us that they no longer wished to have Zlio promote Amazon products in the United States. We were advised through a generic email with immediate effect. For the past week we have endeavored to understand and get to the heart of their concerns – Amazon has remained inflexible. As we have yet to resolve the matter, we feel compelled to inform you of this situation.

Of course Amazon is not the only merchant and we are working hard to have as many products and merchants available for you. Within the next 10 days we expect to announce several new agreements with major merchants in the United States. Strangely enough, we continue to work with Amazon outside the United States.

The unfortunate effect of Amazon’s decision is threefold:

1. Shopkeepers in the United States will no longer be able to add Amazon products to their shops.

2. In 20 days, Zlio will remove all Amazon products from your shop and replace automatically as many as possible with identical products from other merchants.

3. Amazon will no longer pay commission to Zlio for products promoted on you shops and this with effect one week ago. Please contact us if you feel that this has resulted in any significant loss to you.

While we regret Amazon’s decision, we are dedicated to provide our users with the most comprehensive list of products as well as the most competitive group of merchants. To that end, we expect to confirm that Barnes & Noble as well as several other large merchants have joined the Zlio network. Freedom of choice guides us in everything we do.

We apologize if this has caused you any inconvenience. Feel free to reach out to me personally if you have any thoughts or recommendations. I look forward to hearing from you.


Jeremie Berrebi


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