mrktplcs 5 Nov 2020: B2B marketplaces, Amazon Air, Local Online Commerce, eBay

B2B marketplaces will be the next billion-dollar ecommerce startups. “These venues for buyers and sellers of business-related products are exploding in popularity, fuelled by better infrastructure, payments and security.” (Techcrunch)

Longer read: This is vital. Online shopping can be local. “Does shopping local mean avoiding ecommerce? Lauren Freedman, senior consumer insights analyst for Digital Commerce 360, shares her thoughts on why shopping at local retailers and small businesses is important, especially this holiday season.” (DigitalCommerce360)

Why Amazon is turning to small brands to grow its subscription box program. (Modern Retail)

Amazon launches its first Amazon Air regional hub in Europe. (Techcrunch)

Event: 5 Nov. eBay Online Digital Skills Workshop with Digital Minister Caroline Dinenage, to help local businesses grow their presence online. This is for new businesses looking to use eBay for the first time. (eBay)