Amazon abusing dominant position? Italian government investigates

In the face of regional dominance by Amazon in e-commerce, the Italian government competition authority has said it is investigating the online giant for possible abuse of its dominant position in e-commerce and logistics.

According to the authority, Amazon is only giving preferential treatment to third party vendors on the platform should they subscribe to the Amazon logistics service.

“These practices would have allowed Amazon to profit unfairly from its dominant position” in online commerce platforms “in order to significantly curtail competition” on storage and dispatch markets, said the Italian competition authority, Antitrust. These practices would have in the end harmed consumers, it added.

The investigation is likely to last a year, said Antitrust. The authority’s agents inspected various Amazon sites on Tuesday, accompanied by members of the financial crime unit.

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