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Consumer (final) goods
|Fred Chang (global CEO)|
|Products||Computer hardware, software, peripherals, gaming, electronics, accessories, DVDs, housewares, appliances, tools, furniture, office products and more|
|Revenue||US$2.65 billion (2016)|
|US$24.9 million (2009)|
|Owner||Liaison Interactive (SZSE: 002280)|
Number of employees
Newegg Inc. is an online retailer of items including computer hardware and consumer electronics. It is based in City of Industry, California, in the United States. In 2016, Liaison Interactive (SZSE: 002280), a Chinese tech company, acquired a majority stake in Newegg in an investment deal.
The company was founded by Fred Chang, a U.S. immigrant from Taiwan, in 2000. Chang was Newegg's chairman and CEO until August 1, 2008, when it was announced he would step down as CEO and chairman while remaining a member of the board of directors and executive committee. He was succeeded by Tally Liu. Chang also retained his position as President of Newegg's Chinese operations. In 2010, upon the departure of Liu, Chang took up his old role as CEO of the company.
In 2005, Newegg.com was named one of the Internet's Top 10 retailers by Internet Retailer Magazine, with 2004 sales revenue of just under $1 billion. Newegg.com grew an additional 30% in 2005, bringing annual sales to approximately $1.3 billion. Newegg launched NeweggMall.com in July 2008, Newegg.ca in October 2008, and NeweggBusiness.com in August 2009. In 2009, it was listed as No. 234 on the Forbes America's Largest Private Companies list. It launched Newegg Marketplace in 2010 and exceeded $2.5 billion in revenue that year. The company has about 2,500 employees.
Newegg also sponsors technology industry events and PC game tournaments for titles including Counter-Strike, Warcraft III and Rome: Total War. Newegg had a monthly case mod contest in 2005 in which contestants submitted pictures, descriptions, and directions describing how to personalize their computers with esoteric appearances and functions.
In November 2016, Newegg announced a new checkout feature that lets Newegg.com customers choose to have their package held for pickup at one of more than 2,500 FedEx Corp. locations, including 1,800 FedEx retail stores.
In January 2017, Indiegogo and Newegg announced a partnership whereby Newegg provides select crowdfunding campaigns with social exposure; guidance on go-to-market and sales strategies; and assistance with order fulfillment, shipping and logistical options to help get their products into customers’ hands quickly and efficiently.
In May 2017, Newegg formally rolled out Newegg Logistics, designed to help B2C and B2B e-commerce sellers and other organizations streamline order fulfillment, shipment and returns.
On June 15, 2017 during London Tech Week, Newegg announced a global expansion plan to serve key parts of Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Once complete, the online retailer is expected reach customers in a total of 50 countries. On November 2, 2017, the company announced key global milestones, including localized payment options, enhanced customer service and a greater product selection for its international customers.
In early 2018, customers in the state of Connecticut were notified that Newegg had not collected state sales tax due on out of state purchases in the past three years. Newegg was given a choice of collecting such tax in the future or turning over customer information to the state's Department of Revenue Services, which would require customers to file a sales tax form for the past three years of purchases. Newegg chose to furnish the customer information, as Newegg did not have a physical presence in Connecticut, Newegg believed it did not need to collect state sales tax from the ruling in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. Connecticut's Department of Revenue Services later issued tax bills to these customers.
Traditionally, the egg is a symbol of birth and unlimited potential. The founders selected "Newegg" as the company name to signify new hope for e-commerce during a period when e-commerce businesses were struggling to survive. The company has no relation to the Egghead Software chain that was active from 1984 to 2001.
Initial public offering (IPO)
On September 28, 2009, Newegg Inc filed for an IPO (initial public offering) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing stated that Newegg has been profitable every year since 2001 and generated sales of $2.1 billion in 2008. The company's largest outside shareholder is New York-based venture-capital firm Insight Venture Partners. The IPO was managed by JP Morgan, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Citi. In 2011, the company withdrew its registration for filing for an IPO, saying it would continue to explore alternative options for funding.
Counterfeit Intel processors
In March 2010, Newegg sold 300 counterfeit Intel Core i7-920 CPUs. The problem was first exposed by a member of the website HardOCP who posted on the site's forum about receiving the fake CPU. Newegg at first released a statement saying that the processors were "demo units", but later said that they discovered that the processors were actually counterfeit, and that the company was terminating its relationship with one supplier in response. The company offered replacement units to the customers who received counterfeit processors, while Intel stated that they had been made aware of the problem and were investigating as well.
On February 10, 2010, Newegg was sued by three former employees accusing it of numerous labor and business abuses, such as violating "a slew of labor laws, overworking and abusing immigrant workers, and ordering employees to hack into competitors' computer systems". In an official statement denying the claims in the lawsuit, the company stated:
- "Newegg is aware of the allegations made by two former employees and a former consultant. Newegg has always taken pride in the fairness of our labor and hiring practices and to ethical business practices toward our competitors, vendors and most of all, our valued customers. We have always been fully committed to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Accordingly, we strongly deny the assertions made by the individuals filing this lawsuit, and intend to defend ourselves vigorously and thoroughly against claims that have neither merit nor basis in fact."
Patent troll cases
In January 2013, Newegg won a victory over Soverain Software when the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned the district court ruling in favour of Soverain and invalidated a shopping cart patent by citing prior art from 1984, CompuServe’s Electronic Mall. On January 13th, 2014, the Supreme Court refused Soverain Software's petition for writ of certiorari to rehear a January 2013 decision of the Court of Appeals, effectively ending Soverain's case.
In November 2013, Newegg lost a case in Texas against patent troll TQP Development over Newegg's use of https:// protocol mixing SSL and RC4. Whitfield Diffie and Ron Rivest, the inventors of public-key cryptography and RC4 encryption respectively, testified for Newegg.
On July 6, 2015, after 20 months of waiting, Newegg filed an extraordinary petition urging US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap to issue judgment so that they would be able to file an appeal. On July 15th, 2015, Gilstrap ruled that Newegg doesn't infringe a patent belonging to TQP Development.
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Newegg has been the recipient of various awards, including:
- Computer Shopper Shoppers' Choice Awards: 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
- Forbes.com Best of the Web
|Ranking / details||Who||When|
|NCSA All-Star Award, Customer Service Organization of the Year - Large Business||National Customer Service Association||2018|
|Named to Multichannel Merchant's 2018 list of top third-party logistics (3PL) providers||Multichannel Merchant||2017|
|Ranked #107 in 2018 B2B E-Commerce 300||B2B E-Commerce World||2017|
|Ranked 21st in Internet Retailer's List of Top 100 Consumer Electronics E-retailers||Internet Retailer||2017|
|Ranked 12th Largest Consumer Electronic Dealer||Top 100 TWICE / Stevenson Company||(2010)|
|Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Company in Los Angeles||Los Angeles Business Journal||(2006, 2007)|
|Ranked 18th Largest Consumer Electronic Dealer||Top 100 TWICE / Stevenson Company||(2007)|
|Ranked #234 in Forbes Largest Private Companies in America||Forbes||10/28/2009|
|Ranked in Top 10 Largest Internet Retailers||Internet Retailer||8/6/2007|
|Top 100 CE Retailers||Top 100 TWICE / Stevenson Company||5/8/2006|
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