EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2828 - June 18, 2012     3 of 3

Adidas Confirms Global Ban on eBay and Amazon Marketplaces

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Adidas has confirmed it has instituted a global policy banning dealers from listing products on the eBay and marketplaces. Adidas spokesperson Michael Ehrlich told EcommerceBytes the change is part of its global customer and range segmentation strategy and that it would be rolled out globally.

Last week, European publication Markt Intern broke the news that Adidas would prohibit its dealers from selling Adidas and Reebok products on the and eBay marketplaces effective January 2013.

Ehrlich said the company has been following for several seasons a customer and range segmentation strategy to develop and position the collections and brands of the Adidas Group in a way to best address its target audience's needs.

"As part of the implementation of this strategy we are regularly analyzing and differentiating our distribution channels across Europe," Ehrlich said. "Our new e-Commerce guidelines will ensure that adidas and Reebok will be presented in the right environment at all times."

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