By  on June 13, 2019

Amazon has a considerable portfolio that includes footwear and apparel retailer Zappos.com and Whole Foods. But e-commerce companies extend their reach in the market not just by acquiring other companies, but by forging tactical alliances and vendor relationships, and antitrust enforcers are paying attention.

This week, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, who oversees the Justice Department’s antitrust division, said the agency would target exclusivity agreements, for instance, to make sure they are not being used to undermine smaller competitors. Such agreements aren’t inherently taboo or anticompetitive, but they may allow a company to impose troubling restrictions on who their customers or vendors can deal with, he said. 

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