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Authors: Alan Hoffman
Published by: RSM Case Development Centre
Published in: 2011
Length: 17 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

Built on the premise of making engagement rings selection simpler, Blue Nile has developed into the largest online retailer of diamond engagement rings. Unlike traditional jewelry retailers, it operates completely store-front-free, without in-person consultation services. Working to become 'the Tiffany for the next generation,' however, Blue Nile is 'stuck in the middle' of the diamond engagement ring market. It is not at the top end of the jewelry retail market, with the likes of Tiffany & Co or DeBeers. It is neither at the low end of the market, with the likes of Amazon or Overstock.com. As Blue Nile increasingly grows its market share, competitors at the high end and the low end are looking to squeeze into the middle niche that Blue Nile dominates. Since 'the middle is the worst place to be' (Michael Porter), the challenge for Blue Nile is how to move up the ladder and become a high-end diamond retailer-not an easy task for an 'online only' retailer.
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Abstract

Built on the premise of making engagement rings selection simpler, Blue Nile has developed into the largest online retailer of diamond engagement rings. Unlike traditional jewelry retailers, it operates completely store-front-free, without in-person consultation services. Working to become 'the Tiffany for the next generation,' however, Blue Nile is 'stuck in the middle' of the diamond engagement ring market. It is not at the top end of the jewelry retail market, with the likes of Tiffany & Co or DeBeers. It is neither at the low end of the market, with the likes of Amazon or Overstock.com. As Blue Nile increasingly grows its market share, competitors at the high end and the low end are looking to squeeze into the middle niche that Blue Nile dominates. Since 'the middle is the worst place to be' (Michael Porter), the challenge for Blue Nile is how to move up the ladder and become a high-end diamond retailer-not an easy task for an 'online only' retailer.

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