mrktplcs: 29 Sept 2020

The temporary eBay pandemic protection for sellers regarding delivery metrics is to be lifted for sellers in the #USA. (Ecommercebytes)

#Amazon is reported to have developed a way to pay with your hand. Let’s hope its’s machete proof. (ZDNet)

Dramatic changes to how #AmazonFBA operates for #UK merchants come with #Brexit. “From the 1st of January 2021, Amazon will cease moving inventory across the UK/EU border. This means for some, make sure you have sufficient inventory in EU FCs to cover any period where you may find it difficult to replenish stock until any new customs and shipping arrangements become clear.” (Tamebay)

Upcoming #Amazon learning event #Amafest might be a useful source of expertise to deal with the #FBA problem. Brought to you by Online Seller UK it’s in #Manchester on 8 October. (Amafest)

Niche #marketplaces. Second hand clothing #marketplace #Poshmark has filed for #IPO. (pymnts)

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: 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: 28 July 2020

AmazonFresh (groceries) is now free in London to Prime customers (usually £4 extra) with expansion expected. (Gizmodo)

This pandemic isn’t over. eBay reintroduces seller protections in the USA recognising that fulfilment continues to be disrupted by COVID. (Ecommercebytes)

A timely reminder from Amazon US. They don’t like slow moving stock in #FBA and charge accordingly. Don’t waste money storing stock on FBA that isn’t moving. (Amazon)

(Tamebay) has written about Amazon stock efficiency tactics.

We’re gonna hear much more about Instagram as a marketplace. Here is some advice: 6 Instagram Marketing Tactics to Help Nurture Your Ecommerce Store. (MultichannelMerchant)

A new Bigcommerce and Klarna ebook (and webinar) looks at the ecommerce customer journey during and after COVID. (Klarna)

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 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)