mrktplcs: 14 Oct 2020

Shopify is working with Google to get #ecommerce going on YouTube. ‘Live Commerce’ is the buzzword. (Bloomberg LP)

This commentary from Rick Watson gives useful context: (LinkedIn)

Nil shock. “Amazon to escape UK digital services tax that will hit smaller traders.” (Guardian)

Polish #marketplace Allegro Surges 63% on stock market debut. (Forbes)

Event: The Ecommbash from Shopify is virtual in 2021.

mrktplcs: 11 Aug 2020

June 020 saw online retail thrive with 76% YoY growth (USA) says Adobe. https://lnkd.in/dNe4VR3 (Digitalcommerce360) and 41% of UK non-food retail was online. (Essential Retail)

Local #ecommerce is flourishing in 2020. A new #marketplace for merchants/SMEs in the Scottish highlands and islands called Highland Hiddle looks exciting. (Rosshire Journal)

And Nicole Vanderbilt, ex-Etsy is bringing a dose of online magic to small local bookshops for bookshop.org. She’s hiring. (LinkedIN)

Amazon customer satisfaction has returned to pre pandemic levels.
https://lnkd.in/djjkY2i (MarketplacePulse)

Facebook is beefing up ecommerce payments with #Facebook Financial: (pymnts)

mrktplcs: 6 Aug 2020

Yesterday’s Bigcommerce IPO went with a bang: BigCommerce Stock Closes 201% Above IPO Price. (Crunchbase). 

Rick Watson points out that in this ecommerce space there is room for a more than one winner. (Linkedin)

Etsy has reported staggeringly good Q2 results and, in part, the rush for face masks was crucial. (Verge)

Two snippets from eBay: it will be holding an online 25th Birthday “sellerbration” on 25th Sept. There’s branded swag if you sign up for the virtual event. (Sadly only for USA/CA.) (eBay)

eBay UK is building “a team of expert sellers over the coming months” to provid coaching and help other sellers become successful. (Limitless)

Amazon continues to have fulfillment issues and that’s frustrating merchants. (Modern Retail)

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: 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: 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

mrktplcs: 5 July 2020

(This piece was originally published here on LinkedIN on 5th July 2020 ruminating on a tourism and retail bailout that didn’t come to pass. It ended up manifesting itself, to a great extent as the “£10 Government Meal Deal”. Half price Sunak Suppers Monday to Wednesday in august 2020. Eat out to help out. Fnarr. Ahem.)

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering a scheme where every Brit will get some sort of stimulus cash. Maybe £500 for adults to spend in sectors hardest hit. https://lnkd.in/dmn7ziF

“Under the plans the vouchers could only be spent in certain sectors, such as hospitality and “face to face” retail, as opposed to online.” We could be talking about £30bn. 

The crucial aspect of this plan should be agnostic about how the money is spent rather than where. An estimated 85,000 businesses pivoted online in the lockdown. https://lnkd.in/d69pVGP

It reflects a concern I’ve had for some time that often online isn’t seen as an SME channel. Considering the likes #eBay#notonthehighstreet and #Etsy(even #amazon) they are home to thousands of SMEs. It would be an ironic outcome if the money could be spent at #Argos etc but not online SMEs. 

Platforms and marketplaces will need to be involved. If you want to stimulate tourism and culture, then you will want to include #eventbrite and #airbnb. (One thing that must be negotiated is an arrangement on fees.)

#ecommerce#mrktplcs#marketplaces