mrktplcs 03 June 2021: Amazon Prime Day and Depop price tag revealed.

Amazon Prime Day(s) 2021 is confirmed for 21/22 June… https://www.amazon.co.uk/primeday

…with other retailers Walmart and Target also revealing ‘sales events’ to coincide. https://www.pymnts.com/news/retail/2021/walmart-target-announce-sales-events-to-match-amazons-prime-day/ (PYMNTS)

The Depop price tag was $1.625bn in a mostly cash deal according to Techcrunch. https://techcrunch.com/2021/06/02/etsy-is-acquiring-social-selling-site-depop-for-1-625b-in-a-mostly-cash-deal/

In the recent ecommerce Raconteur special on the Future of Ecommerce report, this graph showing the huge growth that Depop enjoyed during the Pandemic gives a clear indication of what Etsy likes about it. https://res.cloudinary.com/yumyoshojin/image/upload/v1622212810/Future_of_Ecommerce_Raconteur_Report.pdf

Depop monthly active users from Dec 2019 until Jan 2021.

‘EU confirms ecommerce VAT package July 1, 2021’ from Avalara. https://www.avalara.com/vatlive/en/vat-news/eu-confirms-ecommerce-vat-package-july-1.html

Amazon announces new Apprenticeship Fund for SMEs in England. Amazon merchants can apply. https://www.expressandstar.com/news/business/2021/06/02/amazon-creates-25m-apprenticeship-fund/

“Lengow and Zalando invite you to their expert talk to discover Zalando, the top marketplace for fashion in Europe.” 10 June. https://app.livestorm.co/lengow/en-10062021-zalando-europes-top-fashion-marketplace

mrktplcs news 19 May 2021: Google, Shopify, Amazon, Rakuten, Acquco, ChannelAdvisor, Facebook

The big news is that Google and Shopify have struck a partnership: “The integration will allow merchants to sign up in just a few clicks to have their products appear across Google’s 1 billion “shopping journeys” that take place every day through Search, Maps, Images, Lens and #YouTube.” Precise details are a little scant. (TechCrunch)

Facebook continues its #ecommerce push with the introduction of a new “Live Shopping Fridays” series. (socialmediatoday)

Acquco acquires third-party sellers on Amazon and has closed a $160 million Series A round to expand operations and buy more #marketplaces sellers. https://pulse2.com/acquco-160-million-funding/ (Pulse2)

ChannelAdvisor and Rakuten reveal integration. Useful if you’re interested in selling into #Japan https://www.martechcube.com/e-commerce-channeladvisor-integrates-with-rakuten-ichiba/ (martechcube) #channeladvisor

#Event: Ecommerce Expo cross border virtual event is coming up on 26 & 27 May. https://www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk/2021-cross-border-ecommerce #ecommerceexpo

mrktplcs news 18 May 2021: TikTok, eBay Credit, Avalara, parcel delivery text scams

Mrktplcs news 18 May 2021: “TikTok is currently in the process of evolving its in-stream shopping tools, with a new test of product listings on profiles for some businesses in #Europe.” (Social Media Today)

Parcel delivery scams are a worry for #ecommerce and online #marketplaces shoppers alike and are seeing a surge. (The Guardian)

eBay will be offering credit to merchants. The launch of Capital for #ebay Business Sellers programme (CEBS) will initially offer loans of between £500 and £1m to the 300k SMEs selling on its eBay UK with partner YouLend. (Financial Times)

Event: Avalara CRUSH Virtual is coming on 27 May. It “can help any business understand trends impacting the global tax landscape and navigate their tax compliance challenges.” #avalara #vat #tax

mrktplcs 17th May 2021: eBay Powersellers, NFTs, PayPal returns, Bombinate

eBay will be retiring the PowerSeller programme starting this summer. (It’s largely pointless but much loved.) (Ecommercebytes)

#ebay is also reported to be experimenting with NFTs (non fungible tokens) #nftsstories (TechCrunch)

PayPal wants #returns from ecomm returns and has acquired company Happy Returns. (Multichannel Merchant)

New #marketplaces klaxon: Bombinate. Curated high end quality brands with a homewares and lifestyle focus. (Bombinate)

Amazon is hiring 10,000 people in the UK as online shopping continues to boom. (BBC News) #amazon #onlineshopping

#Event: the #Ecommerce Berlin Virtual event is coming up on 26th and 27th May. Full agenda here> https://virtual.ecommerceberlin.com

mrktplcs 9 Feb 2021: Shopify, Notonthehighstreet, Wish, Tamebay, eBay

Shopify expands its payment option, Shop Pay, to its merchants on #Facebook and #Instagram. (TechCrunch) Shopify stock jumps. (Business Insider)

#UK marketplace notonthehighstreet sold for a rumoured £200m. (Mergers and Acquisitions – themiddlemarket.com)

Wish is talking up their offering over at #tamebay “If you’ve tried #Wish in the past, then you’ll be pleased to know that much has changed.” Small LOL permitted. (Tamebay)

#eBay‘s #Marketplace Volume Jumps to $100 Billion robust sales growth, rising profitability, and strong cash flow as it closed out a record 2020. CEO Jamie Iannone and his team also issued a bullish outlook for the start of 2021. (The Motley Fool)

mrktplcs 08 Feb 2021: Amazon, online sales tax, Tesco, Sellpy, Vivino

#mrktplcs round up 8 Feb 2021: “Tesco has called for a 1% sales tax to be levied on online competitors, including #Amazon. Boss Ken Murphy has also joined with Morrisons, Asda and Waterstones to ask Chancellor Rishi Sunak for a “level playing field” on tax.” (BBC News)

Re-commerce. “Inside the warehouses where dud Amazon orders go to be reborn.” Featuring B-Stock Solutions (WIRED)

H&M expands second-hand platform Sellpy into new markets #Netherlands and #Austria (it’s already active in #Sweden and #Germany.) (Retail Gazette)

Wine marketplace Vivino raises $155 million after stellar growth. “Wine sales on Vivino’s platform more than doubled in 2020 to $265 million as consumers shut out of bars and restaurants bought bottles online to drink at home.” (Digital Commerce 360)

Event: Amazon Bootcamp for Black-owned businesses 16 Feb 2021. (Enterprise Nation)

mrktplcs18 Jan 2021: StockX, Brexit, Royal Mail DDU, Feedvisor and Walmart

More Brexit info suggests that it’s going to continue confusing #marketplaces merchants and #ecommerce businesses for some time:

Royal Mail has published DDU (Delivery Duties Unpaid) rates: (Tamebay)

UK retailer sends a parcel to Northern Ireland with a customs label. And that makes perfect sense because it might yet be required from April. (BBC News)

Looking ahead into 2021, this is the Current Culture Index from stockmarket of things StockX (LinkedIn)

Feedvisor has published a guide to selling on the Walmart marketplace. (Feedvisor)

The guys at Aero Commerce have successfully completed there latest fundraising round. More here on LInkedIN.

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)