mrktplcs 9 Nov 2020: Pandemic boost for Peak 2020, think gift cards, Vimeo and Shopify, Amazon, Mercado Libre, eBay

Online retail could increase 40% in Q4 2020 due to the pandemic. Ready? How are your logistics partners? Your capacity? Returns? This will be wild! (Essential Retail)

A tip. Think gift cards for Xmas 2020. It’s gonna be huge. (DigitalCommerce360)

It’s a mystery that video is not ubiquitous for ecommerce, marketplaces merchants but Vimeo is working on a solution with Shopify. (Vimeo)

“The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping consumer habits in Latin America, sending droves of buyers online for the first time.” Amazon and MercadoLibre are investing in logistics. (Bloomberg)

Video. eBay UK is obviously trying to get info out there and give sellers guidance. The results are chaotic and hard to navigate TBH. But here is one example. eBay UK sellers can dig deeper but here is the most recent reel: Listing optimisation & Terapeak from eBay for Business UK Official (YouTube)

Monday mrktplcs comment: It’s exciting looking ahead to the possible huge ecommerce peak of 2020. The pandemic has meant that online retail finally came of age in its 25th year. There has never been anything similar for us to consider. Not even the first half of 2020.

Perhaps the most notable transformation is welcoming sectors and demographics online in a way that was never before expected or possible. My 70 year old mother bought a pair of shoes on her iPad because she had to. She will again!

This odd year has seen a huge leap forward and retail lockdowns in November across Europe are going to have, massive online pressurising impact on logistics . Can anyone really deliver the goods on time? My local Post Office is already saying that Royal Mail second class deliveries could take 5 weeks. ( I don’t believe them.)

I think our message to consumers must be to look local online (click and collect!) and also order earlier to escape disappointment.

mrktplcs 6 Nov 2020: Local marketplaces continue to grow, Amazon, Techcrunch, SEO, Linnworks and Google

Local marketplaces klaxon: “Shop Where I Live, a network of city- and town-specific ecommerce platforms designed to offer the convenience of online ordering without relying on a giant corporation like Amazon….. (the) platform is already in over 18 towns, counties and states.” (Modern Retail

Europe urges ecommerce platforms to share data in fight against coronavirus scams. (TechCrunch)

The biggest ecommerce day in the world is Singles Day. Can you profit? (Linnworks)

SEO: What Google’s New Passage Indexing Means for Ecommerce. (Practical Ecommerce)

Amazon FBA Liquidations – New FBA disposal option “to recover value on eligible fulfillable and unfulfillable inventory and avoid paying Long-Term Storage Fees, disposing of inventory.” (Tamebay)

mrktplcs 5 Nov 2020: B2B marketplaces, Amazon Air, Local Online Commerce, eBay

B2B marketplaces will be the next billion-dollar ecommerce startups. “These venues for buyers and sellers of business-related products are exploding in popularity, fuelled by better infrastructure, payments and security.” (Techcrunch)

Longer read: This is vital. Online shopping can be local. “Does shopping local mean avoiding ecommerce? Lauren Freedman, senior consumer insights analyst for Digital Commerce 360, shares her thoughts on why shopping at local retailers and small businesses is important, especially this holiday season.” (DigitalCommerce360)

Why Amazon is turning to small brands to grow its subscription box program. (Modern Retail)

Amazon launches its first Amazon Air regional hub in Europe. (Techcrunch)

Event: 5 Nov. eBay Online Digital Skills Workshop with Digital Minister Caroline Dinenage, to help local businesses grow their presence online. This is for new businesses looking to use eBay for the first time. (eBay)

mrktplcs 4 Nov 2020: Avalara, Zalando, Lockdown 2, Paypal

Buckle up. English consumers flocked to the shops before they shut. No bricks and mortar retail will open in Nov. It’s gonna be a great peak online for ecommerce and marketplaces.   (PYMNTS)

Avalara has built an authoritative Brexit hub for merchants. (Avalara)

Zalando says: “As the second coronavirus wave is starting more forcefully than anticipated, we are much better prepared than earlier in the year.” (Post & Parcel)

“PayPal’s earnings don’t excite Wall Street, but bring good news for consumer fintech” (Techcrunch)

“Russian online retailer Ozon has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States, it said on Tuesday, which financial market sources said could raise at least $500 million for the company’s expansion.” (Reuters)

mrktplcs 3 Nov 2020: Amazon FBA, Brexit, Aisle 3, Amazon cashflow, Etsy advert

Amazon FBA and Brexit: “The phasing out of Amazon’s cross border services from 14 Nov is a logistics nightmare for sellers.” says ParcelHero.  (Post & Parcel)

Thomas J. Vosper has launched Aisle 3: “I’d become disillusioned with how some of the most basic elements in ecommerce were broken for Shoppers. Retailers were also struggling with increasing competition and limited sales channels.” (LinkedIN)

Amazon’s cashflow: “Amazon doesn’t need to borrow, nor it needs to issue stock. It uses its cash-generating operating cycle to fund its future investments.” (MarketPlace Pulse)

US online sales rise 43% amid pandemic in Sept. (DigitalCommerce360)

This syrupy Christmas advert from Etsy in the US is rather good. (Ecommercebytes)

mrktplcs 2 Nov 2020: bookshop.org, Pinterest, Amazon France, Wayfair, Payoneer

bookshop.org launches in UK “with 150 indie bookshops already signed up and publishers including Faber & Faber, Atlantic, Picador and Jacaranda on board.” The start of a book buying backlash vs. Amazon? (The Bookseller)

Amazon in France will suspend #blackfriday advertising at the request of the government in fear that the latest lockdown there will give Amazon an unfair advantage. (MarketWatch)

Wayfair plans a Cyber Monday week of deals. (Business Insider)

Payoneer launched Green Channel worldwide “a matching and onboarding program designed to connect #marketplaces with top merchants that have been pre-screened by the company’s robust fraud prevention and compliance capabilities.” (Multichannel Merchant)

Pinterest reported huge Q3 results: greater ecommerce and marketplace potential? (CNBC)

mrktplcs 10 Nov 2020: Amazon and the EU, Amazon reviews, MercadoLibre has a bank, eBay flexes shipping rules.

“The European Commission has charged Amazon with abusing its dominant position in online retail to gain an unfair advantage over competitors. It said Amazon had used data on third-party sellers that use its marketplace to boost sales of its own-label goods. The Commission also launched a fresh probe into the possible preferential treatment of sellers that use the tech giant’s logistics services.” (BBC)

The reviews landscape on Amazon has changed in the past year. There are more reviews. But what does that mean for merchants? (Marketplace Pulse)

Mercado Libre bags a banking licence: “The new license from the country’s central bank will let MercadoLibre have autonomy in creating and directly operating financial services in Brazil, along with accessing new types of financing.” (PYMNTS)

eBay in the UK is talking about new options for sellers when offering different shipping times. All rather piecemeal but useful. Flipping confusing. (eBay)

mrktplcs 29 Oct 2020: eBay, Etsy, Shopify, Basingstoke..

A hatrick of ecommerce earnings and results to start:

eBay results as expected, slightly unexciting. (eBay)

Etsy is going great guns. “GMS and revenue growth up 119% and 128% respectively” (Etsy)

Shopify delivered strong results too. “The accelerated shift to digital commerce triggered by COVID-19 is continuing, as more consumers shop online and entrepreneurs step up to meet demand.” (PYMNTS)

Walmart stores and ecommerce merge. “In this new era of retail, assets that used to serve a single purpose will transform into flexible, scalable assets that can be used in multiple ways to serve customers how, when and where they need.” (Techcrunch)

Marketplaces go hyper local. Small, indy retailers in Basingstoke are invited to sell on a council backed marketplace for the borough. (Basingstoke Observer)

mrktplcs 28 Oct 2020: Amazon Sweden, fulfilment and warehousing, Black Friday and Peak 2020 predictions.

ICYMI Amazon Sweden launches with only about 100 local merchants. (Marketplace Pulse)

Predictions for Peak 2020 are coming thick and fast. Adobe predicts 33% YoY growth on ‘holiday’ sales. (PYMNTS)

“Online sales explode as Black Friday crumbles into months of deals, with experts predicting Americans will spend $3 billion every single day the week of Thanksgiving” (Business Insider)

Amazon also launches eco platform. “The platform was launched in the US in Sept and is being rolled out this week to the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It supports Amazon’s wider commitment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be at net zero carbon by 2040.” (The Guardian)

Longer read: 8 key factors for successful warehousing and fulfilment. By Stuart Conroy of Activ8 (Modern Retail)

mrktplcs 27 Oct 2020: Shopify, TikTok, Amazon, Wish, eBay…

Shopify is partnering with TikTok to connect its million-plus merchants with engaged users of the social platform. (PYMNTS)

Amazon is hiring 100k seasonal staff for Peak 2020 (Business Insider) and may report its first $100bn quarter. (PYMNTS)

Marketplace Wish has integrated with BigCommerce. (DigitalCommerce360)

eBay UK is crowing about its power to create millionaires. Unconvinced. “eBay is committed to providing a platform for these side-hustlers, lockdown start-ups and entrepreneurs, helping to deliver growth for the economy and communities across the UK.”  (Retail Gazette)

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