mrktplcs 23 Oct 2020: Amazon Live. Brexit and EU/UK VAT. A big 2020 Christmas peak?

The latest retail information from the ONS (The UK Office for National Statistics) regarding online retail is positive. Here are two different but related trend pieces:

“September ecommerce sales remain higher than last year but subsiding from peaks seen this summer.” (Internet Retailing)

“Parcelhero: it’s going to be a digital Christmas right across the UK.” (Post & Parcel

Brexit. VAT. EU. UK. There are big changes coming. Avalara is proving to be an authoritative and useful source of info on this front. It has frightening possible consequences for ecommerce and sellers on marketplaces. Where are we now? (Avalara)

Have you heard of Amazon Live? Me neither. It’s a micro influencer program and this is a useful intro. (Modern Retail)

Event: The online Prosper Show for Amazon merchants is next week. (mrktplcs)

Have a great weekend. 

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.