Tariffs Could 'Upend' the Ecommerce Supply Chain

Price, selection and country of origin could shift

Despite President Trump’s assurance the trade war with Chinese President Xi is “very bad for China, very good for USA,” it is increasingly likely that manufacturers, retailers and consumers in both countries will feel aftershocks.

Production may shift away from China, third-party sellers may raise prices and consumers may find a more limited selection. Then again, they may not. Here’s how analysts, marketers and sellers see this trade war playing out.

For his part, Oweise Khazi, senior principal at Gartner and lead Amazon analyst, said the new tariffs haven’t affected categories that drive a lot of volume on Amazon, like apparel, consumer electronics and CPG, so he doesn’t see this altering core categories for third-party vendors.

That being said, Khazi noted it will be harder to source products in the categories that fall under the new tariffs, and U.S.



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