mrktplcs: 24 July 2020

The UK Office for National Statistics has reported retail figures to the end of June. As most media has reported, retail bounced back strongly. (BBC News)

But check out the ONS graph below for Non-store Retail in the same period: it’s staying steady which is great news for #ecommerce and #marketplaces sellers. (ONS)

“Flipkart acquires Walmart India to launch wholesale digital marketplace.” (ZDNet) #india 

If you’re interested in how Instagram is continuing to increase the visibility of #shopping this is a useful digest from Modern Retail

Calling all crafters. Look at all these Etsy alternatives. (Sellbrite) #etsy 

Amazon is experimenting with packaging. How about reusing it to make a cat house? (CNET

Have a great weekend.

mrktplcs 22 July 2020

Goldman Sachs predicts #ecommerce sales growth will accelerate in the next 3 years. (Pymnts)

Amazon has provided more info about Prime Day 2020, which usually lands in July and delayed by the virus. (With a huge boost to #ecommerce doesn’t need it so much.) It will go ahead, later in the year. The smart money likes the first week of October. In #India it’s confirmed for August 6 -7. (Techcrunch)

#Amazon is making big investments to expand in #Spain. (Amazon EU) https://www.aboutamazon.eu/press-release/amazon-to-create-2-000-new-permanent-jobs-in-spain-in-2020-total-workforce-will-reach-9-000-employees

(If you are generally interested in #ecommerce and #marketplaces in #Spain then Ronan Bardet is the best source of info. His latest newsletter is found here.

There is a trend towards new national #marketplaces emerging. In #Australia you can now get ready for the Buy Aussie marketplace. (Canberra Times)

mrktplcs: 21 July 2020

We knew that #2020 would be the year when #covid19 transformed #marketplaces and #ecommerce but in the UK, #Brexit is still coming.

(#RoyalMail has seen a 64% increase in parcel volumes Mar-Jun. (Post and Parcel)

More emerges about the post-Brexit #AmazonFBA options. ACTIV8 has provided a very useful guide: #Amazon After Brexit: Preparing for the end of EFN & Pan-European FBA. (Activ8.)

Are we closer to knowing how Brexit will impact other international sales? There is no reason to suggest this will be seamless or easy for exporting businesses. Red tape and paperwork, is one prediction: (iNews).

More info about the UK VAT changes too. The government announcement (hopefully positive) should help #eBay sellers in particular. Insights from (Accountancy Age) #ukvat #vat

And all of that is before mentioning the possibility of a trade war with #China that will have serious ramifications for supply chains. But that’s for another day.

mrktplcs 20 July 2020

The UK government wants #marketplaces such as #eBay and #Amazon to collect #VAT for UK sales fulfilled by merchants based overseas of the start of next year. Bad news for so called ‘chinese sellers’ who have been gaming the system but good news for UK sellers playing fair. (HM Government)

Unconfirmed: “Norway’s Adevinta has won the auction to buy the bulk of eBay’s classified ads unit for nearly $9 billion” eBay will retain a minority stake. The question is whether this cash boost and fewer businesses to focus on will be a boon for the core marketplace. eBay Inc is a much small business now without classifieds and #paypal (Reuters)

Evidence of a lasting boost to online from COVID-19, #uk #courier #hermes are betting big with a £100m hub creating 10k jobs. (Yorkshire Post)

#ecommerce

mrktplcs: 17 July 2020

#Google is experimenting with video shopping with #shoploop (Techcrunch)

Ethical, low waste online shopping has launched with #Loop in partnership with #Tesco. (Resource)

#Digiday doesn’t reckon #bigcommerce can “dethrone” #shopify in the ecommerce stakes. (Digiday)

Now 5 years has elapsed since the #eBay #paypal divorce, the marketplace is accelerating the process of transferring merchants to the new #adyen powered system of #ebaypayments that includes #applepay and #googlepay. (eBay)

Introducing a new ecommerce concept born during COVID from Thomas J Vosper: https://aisle-3.co #aisle3 He’s looking for seed funding. (LinkedIN)

Event: #Lengow Day is on 1st October 2020. It’s virtual. #marketplaces (Lengow)

#marketplaces #retail #covid19

mrktplcs: 16 July 2020

Big deal>> #Brexit impacts #AmazonFBA. UK sellers will no longer be able to use the EFN (European Fulfilment Network) or Pan-European FBA. Bad news but not surprising as uncertainty continues. (Esellercafe)

#Instagram launches its redesigned Shop, now powered by #Facebook Pay. (Techcrunch)

A new service from #Shipstation opens up #MercadoLibre and Latin America to merchants. (Post and Parcel)

#Walmart is now a strong second to #Amazon and growing faster than its rival. The company is embracing new strategies, partnerships, and infrastructure that have modernized its e-commerce platform and made it a more formidable rival to Amazon and direct-to-consumer sellers.” (Ecommerce Times)

#Payments system #Square has launched checkout service for websites. (Ecommerce Platforms)

Jobs: #eBay in London in the logistics team. (eBay Inc.)

#marketplaces #ecommerce

mrktplcs: 15 July 2020

For many #ebay merchants today is the deadline to sign up for the #adyen powered #payments replacement to #paypal. It is potentially a huge upheaval for sellers. (On #tamebay the comments make for interesting reading.) (Tamebay)

#Amazon will enforce FBA inventory limits beyond August. This will impact the delayed Amazon Prime Day expected on October 5th. (pymnts.com)

#Bigcommerce is going public. #IPO. (Techcrunch) They have also increased payment options available on the platform with an Adyen integration. (Ecommercebytes)

#Etsy has had ‘a good virus’. Modern Retail has a good summary. #covid19 (Modern Retail)

Carrier #Whistl predicts #brexit delivery delays.(Post and Parcel).

#EnterpriseNation has an Amazon ‘bootcamp’ for Food & Drink sellers coming up in August. (Enterprise Nation)

mrktplcs round up: 14 July 2020

COVID US Marketplaces impact: “36% of retailers said they adjusted their marketplace strategy as a result of COVID-19. Site traffic to the 57 top U.S. marketplaces grew a combined 17% in May compared with May 2019.” (DigitalCommerce360)

#StockX “the first-ever ‘Stock Market of Things,’ announced it has now surpassed $2.5B in gross merchandise value (GMV) in Q220. (PR NewsWire)

#backtoschool Modern Retail warns that the reliable sales event of Back to School might be another victim of #covid19 (Modern Retail)

#Brexit: With confirmation that UK to EU paperwork will increase in less than six months time (and that will impact exporting #marketplaces and ecommerce sellers the Freight Transport Association (FTA) urge the government to keep talking. (Logistics Manager)

Job: Bondi Sands is looking for an Ecommerce Manager. (LinkedIN)

mrktplcs: 13 July 2020

(This was originally posted on LinkedIN and only retrospectively here. Thus the links.)

At #ebay there is an increased use of #escrow services (this relates to USA motors but expect more) as trust remains a crucial #marketplaces and ecommerce concern. https://lnkd.in/dhizfTj

#shopify considers how you can sell in #china using #wechathttps://lnkd.in/dZEaACZ

#Marketplace for beautiful things #trouva explains how it has optimised its site to improve sales during COVID using #ometriahttps://lnkd.in/dxh7tMt

Longer Read: Jacob de Geer of #izettle (now part of #paypal) talks about how payments innovation during the COVID crisis has been vital to #SMEshttps://lnkd.in/drmuVFH

Event: ZigZag Global and GFS – Global Freight Solutions Ltd are teaming up for webinar on 3rd September called: Cracking the returns challenge. https://lnkd.in/dY8GXba

Job: #crescodata is hiring for an Ecommerce Manager https://lnkd.in/dYGY_UQ

#mrktplcs #amazon

mrktplcs: 12 July 2020

(This was originally posted on LinkedIN.)

The UK government has announced £700m of spending to ready the borders for #brexit That doesn’t sound like what you’d spend for a smooth end to partition. Border delays in any form are bad news for #marketplaces and #ecommercemerchants selling online. https://lnkd.in/dT9SDZf

In Russia, #aliexpress is expecting $10bn turnover in 2022-23. #alibabahttps://lnkd.in/dKjVzdS

If you are importing from #china or want to, this guide (on #linkedin) from #royalmail is useful. https://lnkd.in/dgTESH8

#linnworks can now successfully help merchants trade on the #onbuymarketplace. https://lnkd.in/dBYVA9G

Jobs: The trendy fashion marketplace #depop has loads of open vacancies! https://lnkd.in/dSpcAVB