mrktplcs: 3 Aug 20

Hyper local retail has been a COVID #marketplaces trend. And “neighborhood Facebook groups became havens for ultra-local businesses” (Modern Retail)

#etsy launches payments in 7 more countries with #adyen (Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Turkey and the Philippines) (Etsy)

Two morsels on #fulfilment:

#Ecommerce shipment volume surges while on-time deliveries plummet” (DigitalCommerce360)

#Otto says that #returns are down due to #covid (EcommerceNews)

News on the Beast #Amazon:

10 #AmazonGo cashierless shop coming to the UK. A timely covid proof shopping experience (Retail Sector)

And #AMZ will launch 3k satellites to power the web. (Forbes)

mrktplcs: 30 July 2020

Cross border ecommerce is a slightly surprising winner from the ongoing crisis. And interestingly the USA has seen a significant increase in international trade during May. (DigitalCommerce360)

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos made a statement to Congress: “Third-party sales now account for approximately 60% of physical product sales on Amazon, and those sales are growing faster than Amazon’s own retail sales. We guessed that it wasn’t a zero sum game. And we were right—the whole pie did grow, third-party sellers did very well and are growing fast, and that has been great for customers and for Amazon.” Here’s the full text: (Amazon)

How important is Free Shipping for online buyers? It depends on country. And US shoppers like it a lot according to (EcommerceDB)

A question: will #BlackFriday be another victim of #COVID19? Here’s a survey of the situation: (Esellercafe)

The UK based Ecommerce Expo event is entirely virtual in 2020. In Sept and Oct.

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: 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)