mrktplcs 21 Oct 2020: eBay launches a marketplace for refurbished electronics

A new eBay site for quality refurbished electronic products is here. Brands including De’Longhi, Dirt Devil, Hoover, Makita, Philips and Razer will sell exclusively. “Demand for refurbished products has surged, and by securing exclusive rights to inventory sold directly from the most popular manufacturers, eBay is changing the way people shop this category.” says eBay (PYMNTS)

Walmart launched a Pro Seller badge that highlights and rewards top-performing sellers. (Marketpulse Pulse)

Royal Mail will now collect parcels from your doorstep in the UK. Not for pro merchants at 72p per parcel with a max of 5 parcels. (Rack rate small parcels is £3.10) However, it does signal RM’s realisation that the future is ecommerce and parcels not letters. Finally. (BBC)

Peak/holiday/christmas search on Etsy searches are up 79% on this time last year. Does this indicate the peak is starting earlier in 2020? (Ecommercebytes)

mrktplcs: 19 Oct 2020

“During (Amazon) Prime Day, the third-party marketplace dropped from the typical 60% of GMV to less than 35% as Amazon’s first-party sales’ share grew to nearly 70% from just 40%.” (Marketplace Pulse)

According to Royal Mail: “Nearly 16,000 e-commerce businesses were created between March and July 2020. The e-commerce boom reflects the changing patterns of consumer behaviour, including the way we shop, that were largely enforced by lockdown measures.” (Post & Parcel)

39% of UK consumers use an online retail subscription. (Essential Retail)

PayPal launches ‘buy now. pay later’ service ‘Pay in 3’ to the UK. (PYMNTS)

Webinar with DIT and Allegro considers the selling to Poland on this Polish marketplace. More here.

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.