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Top E-Commerce Websites in the World

The Internet has radically changed the way we buy. Internet companies are exponentially growing by the number and by size that it has begun to eat the industries that were once dominated by giant brick and mortar stores. With its scalability, efficiency for listing, search, tracking and consumer behavior analysis, it’s no surprise that online shopping will eventually become the norm for most shoppers and most items. Here are the e-commerce websites that are leading the way.


The Internet has radically changed the way we buy. Internet companies are exponentially growing by the number and by size that it has begun to eat the industries that were once dominated by giant brick and mortar stores. With its scalability, efficiency for listing, search, tracking and consumer behavior analysis, it’s no surprise that online shopping will eventually become the norm for most shoppers and most items. Here are the e-commerce websites that are leading the way.

Taobao

If you think that Amazon ruled this space, think again. The Chinese website Taobao is way ahead of Amazon. It’s owned by the Alibaba Group who also owns the online wholesaler Alibaba, its retailer counterpart AliExpress, and the giant payment platform Alipay. That makes Alibaba Group the owner of three of the top five e-commerce websites in the world. That’s not an impossible feat when you consider that there are billions of Chinese around the world and China is notably the manufacturing capital of the world.

Amazon

Amazon is the U.S.-based retail giant that has expanded into other businesses. But it is best known for its e-commerce. Now, they are about 97,000 employees strong as definitely one of the biggest employers in the world today. And they continue to expand their business laterally, which makes the company an even more formidable industry player.

These top two e-commerce giants control a significant majority market share in the industry. However, they cannot get too comfortable as there are many websites that are slowly gaining market share. Surprisingly, Japan-based Rakuten is slowly creeping up into the top five after acquiring several companies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. such as Play.com, Buy.com, and Kobo.

Two India-based companies are strong players too. Snapdeal and Flipkart quickly evolved from their original business models to become e-commerce giants in their own right, ranking among two other American companies such as Etsy and Fiverr within the top ten e-commerce sites.

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