mrktplcs: 29 Sept 2020

The temporary eBay pandemic protection for sellers regarding delivery metrics is to be lifted for sellers in the #USA. (Ecommercebytes)

#Amazon is reported to have developed a way to pay with your hand. Let’s hope its’s machete proof. (ZDNet)

Dramatic changes to how #AmazonFBA operates for #UK merchants come with #Brexit. “From the 1st of January 2021, Amazon will cease moving inventory across the UK/EU border. This means for some, make sure you have sufficient inventory in EU FCs to cover any period where you may find it difficult to replenish stock until any new customs and shipping arrangements become clear.” (Tamebay)

Upcoming #Amazon learning event #Amafest might be a useful source of expertise to deal with the #FBA problem. Brought to you by Online Seller UK it’s in #Manchester on 8 October. (Amafest)

Niche #marketplaces. Second hand clothing #marketplace #Poshmark has filed for #IPO. (pymnts)

mrktplcs: 28 Sept 2020

Largely as expected, the postponed #Amazonprimeday has been confirmed to land on 13/14 October. (DigitalSpy)

And Amazon has committed to bringing in SME/SMB merchants into the #ecommerce action. “In the midst of an unprecedented year, we’re committed to making this the most successful Prime Day ever for our small businesses and excited for Prime members worldwide to discover new ways to support local #entrepreneurs and save big on everything they need and love.” (Pymnts)

More lurid details are emerging about the campaign waged by #eBay execs against an eBay with former CEO Devin Wenig now quoted in media. It is astonishing stuff. (CNN)

#Linnworks will be holding #Linnacademy online on 20/21 October. It looks fantastic. More: (Linnworks)

We always love a niche specialist new online #marketplace. And we love robots. So how about a robotics marketplace? robotshop.com! (BusinessInsider)

mrktplcs: 22 Sept 2020


Mrktplcs update 22 Sept 2020: #AmazonPrimeDay delayed from July is strongly tipped to run for a week from 13 Oct. (CNET)

#Luxury goods are turning to #ecommerce and #marketplaces, having sometimes been reluctant in the past. #Amazon has launched Luxury Stores and Oscar de la Renta has opened the first one (Edgdget)

#Zalando has opened a second hand clothing #marketplace (Vogue Business)

Amazon again. “The majority of cross-border volume comes from China. In countries like France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Canada, China even represents a larger share than the domestic sellers. No international market, except for China, represents more than 1% of sales in the U.S. marketplace, even though nine more countries – Canada, U.K., India, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, and Ukraine – have more than 10,000 sellers.” (Marketplacepulse)

Virtual #event: Ecomm Live 23 & 24 sept. Full schedule here. (Ecomm Live)

mrktplcs: 14 Aug 2020:

A California Appeals court has ruled that Amazon can be held liable for 3P items sold. Overturning a previous ruling. Case not closed. (Verge)

#Amazon Pharmacy is launching in #India. (Times Now News)

“ShipStation and SAP will support #ecommerce sellers via the integration of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software from SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software, with the ShipStation platform.”  (PRWeb)

The new CEO of eBay Jamie Iannone has communicated with all staff about ethics which may be a signal of the evolving company future there as the #marketplaces business turns 25. (Ecommercebytes)

Online event: Ask & Answer Questions About Marketing on Instagram on 18 Aug. (Social Media Today)

Have a great weekend.

mrktplcs: 13 Aug 2020

A unicorn is a private business valued at more than $1bn, with several in the ecommerce and marketplaces space including Wish, Coupang and Gauzi (each worth circa $10bn each). More here>> (EcommerceDB)

Italy was hit hard by the pandemic. In March, web traffic increased by 60% according to this ecommerce report. (Ecommerce Germany). 

USPS continues to struggle and that’s hitting ecommerce. Marnie Levine from eBay has made a statement on how it’s protecting marketplaces merchants. (eBay)

Amazon reports “remarkable growth” for the Delivery Service Partner (DSP) programme launched in 2018, with “more than 1,300 DSPs operating across the US, Canada, UK, Spain, and Germany who have created nearly 85,000 jobs”. (Post & Parcel)

If you want to start selling on Amazon Netherlands, here’s a webinar on the 18th to how to go Dutch. (Amazon)

mrktplcs: 12 Aug 2020

#Amazon Accelerate has been announced. The free three-day event, taking place September 1-3, will feature Amazon exec, sellers, and independent experts. (Amazon)

More Amazon. It’s ramping up efforts against counterfeits with Project Zero now active in seven additional countries. (Geekwire

Stateside: Kroger to launch a marketplace with Mirakl adding 50k SKUs from third-party sellers including toys and household goods. (Multichannelmerchant)

Selling app/marketplace Mercari says it is keen to attract casual sellers as it post very solid results for Q2. (pymnts)

This post from international returns specialists Zigzag Global is an interesting look at technologies that have emerged to keep commerce running in the time of plague. (Zigzag)

mrktplcs: 11 Aug 2020

June 020 saw online retail thrive with 76% YoY growth (USA) says Adobe. https://lnkd.in/dNe4VR3 (Digitalcommerce360) and 41% of UK non-food retail was online. (Essential Retail)

Local #ecommerce is flourishing in 2020. A new #marketplace for merchants/SMEs in the Scottish highlands and islands called Highland Hiddle looks exciting. (Rosshire Journal)

And Nicole Vanderbilt, ex-Etsy is bringing a dose of online magic to small local bookshops for bookshop.org. She’s hiring. (LinkedIN)

Amazon customer satisfaction has returned to pre pandemic levels.
https://lnkd.in/djjkY2i (MarketplacePulse)

Facebook is beefing up ecommerce payments with #Facebook Financial: (pymnts)

mrktplcs: 10 Aug 2020

eBay UK says it won’t pass the Digital Services Tax (DST) to merchants. Amazon will add the 2% levy from Sept. Reflecting its distinct tax set-up, rather than generosity. Don’t forget that even with eBay Payments they’ll still be ‘double dipping’. (Tamebay)

“Amazon should create two separate websites: One to host products sourced and owned by Amazon with verified and proven quality records, and another to host products from third-party sellers.” (Barrons

Don’t forget Pinterest: 48% of users are there to shop. Kathie Terrill considers it a marketplaces marketing channel. (ILovetobeSelling)

Is Amazon the saviour of shopping malls? (Techcrunch)

Webinar: Facebook head of industry, retail & ecommerce Beth Horn will share what: “the social network’s data is revealing about changes in consumer mindset and behaviour” on 13th Aug. (Retail Week)

mrktplcs: 7 Aug 2020

Publishers are trying to get a bit of the Amazon Prime day action with their own ‘manufactured’ sales event, according to (DigiDay)

The Walmart Amazon Prime style subscription service first announced in July has been delayed (again). (etonline.com)

Webinar: Cracking the returns challenge – exclusive preview of GFS Global Returns Pro. Join Bobbie Ttooulis, Executive Director of GFS – Global Freight Solutions Ltd, and Al Gerrie, Founder/CEO of ZigZag Global on 3rd September.

It’s always been received wisdom that sunny summer weekends (especially in August) are bad news for marketplaces and ecommerce merchants as people head out doors and don’t shop online. But in the time of COVID, we’ve yet to see whether that holds true.

Have a great weekend.

mrktplcs: 6 Aug 2020

Yesterday’s Bigcommerce IPO went with a bang: BigCommerce Stock Closes 201% Above IPO Price. (Crunchbase). 

Rick Watson points out that in this ecommerce space there is room for a more than one winner. (Linkedin)

Etsy has reported staggeringly good Q2 results and, in part, the rush for face masks was crucial. (Verge)

Two snippets from eBay: it will be holding an online 25th Birthday “sellerbration” on 25th Sept. There’s branded swag if you sign up for the virtual event. (Sadly only for USA/CA.) (eBay)

eBay UK is building “a team of expert sellers over the coming months” to provid coaching and help other sellers become successful. (Limitless)

Amazon continues to have fulfillment issues and that’s frustrating merchants. (Modern Retail)