GFS webinar: COVID, BREXIT, PEAK – What on earth happened?

GFS

We will be asking guest speakers, Bobbie Ttooulis, Executive Director of GFS, and David Harding, Customer Director:

  • What products and categories were the big sellers?
  • How did the carriers and networks hold up?
  • What services did customers opt for?
  • What were actual parcel volumes across the period, and, how did they compare to expectations and last year?
  • What happened with returns?
  • What are the ‘Top 5 Tips’ for businesses to ensure their delivery and returns are match-fit for the current times

This webinar is for ecommerce businesses, shipping 100+ parcels (domestic/international) per day. If this applies to your business then please register today.

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: 29 July 2020

#McKinsey describes the 2020 boom in USA ecommerce and #marketplaces: “10 years growth in 90 days” (See image below) (McKinsey)

(The #eBay results are dealt with in a dedicated post by mrktplcs on (LinkedIN) here. (And on mrktplcs.com here.)

#Shopify had a huge second quarter. (Business Wire)

#Ecommerce growth in #Spain has gone wild in the time of #covid: Up 67% in Q2. (In Spanish). (Ecommerce News)

Digiday explores the expensive world of #Amazon Advertising. (Digiday)

#Avalara is holding a #VAT Voice session ‘Brexit Special tomorrow 30 July. You didn’t forget #Brexit, right?

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: 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: 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