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)

Amazon Academy Ireland – 6 Nov 2020

Organiser Enterprise Nation says of the event: “We are delighted to announce the first ever virtual Amazon Academy event exclusively for businesses based in Ireland, designed to help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their revenue, enhance productivity and develop digital skills.

Register today to hear from industry leaders, successful entrepreneurs and Amazon experts who will help you increase and improve your online presence and reach new customers around the world. You will hear from Amazon speakers who will provide advice and insights on growing your sales on Amazon, as well as from a selection of independent experts who can advise on the broader issues facing Irish businesses today.

Attendees of this event will also be the first to learn about upcoming events and opportunities to fast track your journey to selling on Amazon. Watch this space!”

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 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 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)

Virtual Event: Shipping, fulfilment is crucial to marketplaces and Post and Parcel Live runs 28 & 29 Oct. It’s free and virtual: listen to 35 industry speakers including Australia Post, UPS, Cainiao, TomTom and Nestlé. MORE HERE…

Propser Show 2020 – virtual – 27/28 October 2020

They say:” The Educational Authority for Established Sellers on Amazon

Prosper Virtual Show will provide the resources, skill development, strategies, tools and knowledge that Amazon’s top sellers need to Prosper. We hope to see you this October as we go virtual for the first time ever. Make sure that you join us for this ground-breaking experience!”

mrktplcs 26 Oct 2020: eBay shops reinvention, PayPal backs Australian marketplace, Nike sales soar without Amazon.

It’s a busy week: eBay, Amazon and Shopify all report their Q3 financial and business results. 

eBay seeks to reinvent the Stores/Shops offering. (Ecommercebytes)

PayPal backs a new Australia marketplace: Buy from the Bush. Local, national, focused and niches marketplaces are certainly an emerging trend. And welcome too. (Financial Review)

What Brexit will really mean for selling online? A 23 min listen from the GS1 Between the Lines podcast with Avalara. (GS1)

Pandemic acceleration. Nike stopped selling on Amazon in Nov 2019, since then its direct ecommerce sales jumped to 30% of Nike’s total sales which is well head of the previous 2023 target. (Marketplace Pulse

“Facebook has announced some new ad tools to help retailers… (including) the ability to create Instagram ads with product tags within Ads Manager..” (Social Media Today)

mrktplcs 22 Oct 2020: Facebook to launch hyperlocal ‘neighborhoods feature, PayPal goes crypto

Facebook is launching a hyper local groups function called ‘Neighborhoods’. It could obviously have a trading and marketplace application. (Business Insider

“The number of sellers on Amazon didn’t accelerate, despite the sales boom during the pandemic – the pie has gotten bigger, but the competition remained practically the same.” (Marketplace Pulse)

Alibaba’s financial wing Ant Group “has won the final nod from the country’s top securities watchdog for the registration of its Shanghai offering, the regulator said on Wednesday, clearing the last regulatory hurdle for its $35 billion dual-listing.” (Reuters)

PayPal has announced that it is making it possible for wallet holders to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrency like bitcoin, ethereum, bitcoin cash and litecoin in their PayPal accounts. (PYMNTS)

Clothing brand Decathlon is reportedly launching an online marketplace in November. (Tamebay)

mrktplcs 20 Oct 2020: Amazon, Etsy, eBay, Fabric, pandemic UK ecommerce up 50%

The pandemic transformation of ecommerce and marketplaces continues: “UK consumers will spend £141.33 billion ($180.39 billion) online this year, up a massive 34.7% from 2019. This significant increase will see ecommerce account for more than 30% of total retail sales in the UK for the first time. In 2019, that share stood at just 21.8%.” (emarketer

Amazon launches a program to pay consumers for their data on non-Amazon purchases. (Techcrunch)

Craft marketplace Etsy is now going to allow shoppers to pay for purchases in instalments. with Klarna. (Stockhouse)

12 minutes watch. eBay CEO Jamie Iannone talks about his vision for a tech led transformation of eBay. (Yahoo)

New company klaxon. Shopify and BigCommerce have a new competitor: Fabric, a new headless commerce platform startup for retailers. (PYMNTS)