mrktplcs 29 Oct 2020: eBay, Etsy, Shopify, Basingstoke..

A hatrick of ecommerce earnings and results to start:

eBay results as expected, slightly unexciting. (eBay)

Etsy is going great guns. “GMS and revenue growth up 119% and 128% respectively” (Etsy)

Shopify delivered strong results too. “The accelerated shift to digital commerce triggered by COVID-19 is continuing, as more consumers shop online and entrepreneurs step up to meet demand.” (PYMNTS)

Walmart stores and ecommerce merge. “In this new era of retail, assets that used to serve a single purpose will transform into flexible, scalable assets that can be used in multiple ways to serve customers how, when and where they need.” (Techcrunch)

Marketplaces go hyper local. Small, indy retailers in Basingstoke are invited to sell on a council backed marketplace for the borough. (Basingstoke Observer)

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: 7 Aug 2020

Publishers are trying to get a bit of the Amazon Prime day action with their own ‘manufactured’ sales event, according to (DigiDay)

The Walmart Amazon Prime style subscription service first announced in July has been delayed (again). (etonline.com)

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It’s always been received wisdom that sunny summer weekends (especially in August) are bad news for marketplaces and ecommerce merchants as people head out doors and don’t shop online. But in the time of COVID, we’ve yet to see whether that holds true.

Have a great weekend.

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: 24 July 2020

The UK Office for National Statistics has reported retail figures to the end of June. As most media has reported, retail bounced back strongly. (BBC News)

But check out the ONS graph below for Non-store Retail in the same period: it’s staying steady which is great news for #ecommerce and #marketplaces sellers. (ONS)

“Flipkart acquires Walmart India to launch wholesale digital marketplace.” (ZDNet) #india 

If you’re interested in how Instagram is continuing to increase the visibility of #shopping this is a useful digest from Modern Retail

Calling all crafters. Look at all these Etsy alternatives. (Sellbrite) #etsy 

Amazon is experimenting with packaging. How about reusing it to make a cat house? (CNET

Have a great weekend.

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