Competitive assessment of digital comparison platforms: In search of consensus
Concurrences No. 3 - 2018
Five Analysis Group consultants have jointly written articles on the subject of competition in the retail industry for an “On-Topic” published in the competition law review Concurrences. Titled “Online and offline retail distribution,” the set of articles collectively assesses the effects that online shopping and distribution have had on brick-and-mortar businesses, and the dilemmas they pose for antitrust and competition enforcement as it evolves to take account of the phenomenon.
In the article, Vice President Joshua White outlines some of the consumer benefits and efficiencies that digital comparison tools can bring about, while also setting out some of the competition concerns that some of their practices may raise. The article closes by underscoring the need for an international consensus on some key enforcement issues.