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: 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.)

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