mrktplcs: 13 Oct 2020

It’s day 1 of the delayed Amazon Prime Day sales event. “This year’s Prime Day is going to be another record-breaker. However, in its sixth year, it stands out the most by how little Amazon is trying.”  (Marketplace Pulse)

(On a personal note, I did price check something I need on Amazon today, to find it was 25% cheaper on eBay. Of course, it will take longer to arrive but…)

“Nuvemshop, a Latin American answer to Shopify, raises $30 million.” (TechCrunch)

In the UK, Etsy is encouraging merchants to sign a petition against a proposed online sales tax noting (quite rightly) that it will hurt small business more than multinational corporations. (Ecommercebytes)

ShipStation is the “first U.S. shipping solution to officially integrate with Alibaba Group ” (PYMNTS)

#marketplaces#ecommerce

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: 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: 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: 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: 27 July 2020

What has Rishi Sunak and the UK government got against small businesses selling online? The Online Sales Tax is back on the cards. #ebay has a huge campaigning role on behalf of small firms. (The Guardian)

The High Street deserves a boost but won’t get it by taxing #SMEs. If it’s about bashing multi $bn multinational corporations (like, #Amazon, #Google and #Facebook) an online sales won’t work. (If the aim was headlines on a Monday, mission accomplished.

Techcrunch ascribes this to the recent partnership with Shopify.

#USA Walmart marketplace has surpassed 50,000 sellers, doubling in size from July 2019. (Marketplace Pulse)

ChannelAdvisor has acquired Blueboard. (ChannelAdvisor)

#eBay UK changed the rules re buyer cancellations in the UK to conform with the US policy. (Ecommercebytes)

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