mrktplcs 4 Nov 2020: Avalara, Zalando, Lockdown 2, Paypal

Buckle up. English consumers flocked to the shops before they shut. No bricks and mortar retail will open in Nov. It’s gonna be a great peak online for ecommerce and marketplaces.   (PYMNTS)

Avalara has built an authoritative Brexit hub for merchants. (Avalara)

Zalando says: “As the second coronavirus wave is starting more forcefully than anticipated, we are much better prepared than earlier in the year.” (Post & Parcel)

“PayPal’s earnings don’t excite Wall Street, but bring good news for consumer fintech” (Techcrunch)

“Russian online retailer Ozon has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States, it said on Tuesday, which financial market sources said could raise at least $500 million for the company’s expansion.” (Reuters)

mrktplcs 22 Oct 2020: Facebook to launch hyperlocal ‘neighborhoods feature, PayPal goes crypto

Facebook is launching a hyper local groups function called ‘Neighborhoods’. It could obviously have a trading and marketplace application. (Business Insider

“The number of sellers on Amazon didn’t accelerate, despite the sales boom during the pandemic – the pie has gotten bigger, but the competition remained practically the same.” (Marketplace Pulse)

Alibaba’s financial wing Ant Group “has won the final nod from the country’s top securities watchdog for the registration of its Shanghai offering, the regulator said on Wednesday, clearing the last regulatory hurdle for its $35 billion dual-listing.” (Reuters)

PayPal has announced that it is making it possible for wallet holders to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrency like bitcoin, ethereum, bitcoin cash and litecoin in their PayPal accounts. (PYMNTS)

Clothing brand Decathlon is reportedly launching an online marketplace in November. (Tamebay)

mrktplcs: 05 Aug 2020

Buy on Google is available free for all merchants. This piece delves into some of the mechanics, as you would expect from (Practical Ecommerce).

(Marketplace Pulse) considers the Amazon ‘fulfilment bottleneck’ that’s impacting FBA. 

eBay launches new merchant lending service post PayPal with Lendingpoint. (eBay)

Marketplace Newegg has launched an ecommerce related jobs service. (Digital360)

This is an interesting article about Thrasio which has grown by acquiring Amazon merchants. (pymnts)

If you need freight forwarding from Taiwan, this is a vital list. (ChinaImportal)

mrktplcs: 31 July 2020

#Amazon delivered remarkable results for Q2 like many other #ecommerce companies. For a general overview: (Business Wire)

The Amazon #marketplaces division was the fastest growing part of the business, for the first time. Jeff Bezos said: “Third-party sales again grew faster this quarter than Amazon’s first-party sales.” (Marketplace Pulse

#payments In Latin and South America, #PayPal is now integrated with #mercadolibre in Brazil and Mexico.  (pymnts

Checkout Charlie, as site dedicated to online discount coupons and vouchers has expanded into Italy and Spain. (Ecommerce News)

Have a great weekend. 

mrktplcs 20 July 2020

The UK government wants #marketplaces such as #eBay and #Amazon to collect #VAT for UK sales fulfilled by merchants based overseas of the start of next year. Bad news for so called ‘chinese sellers’ who have been gaming the system but good news for UK sellers playing fair. (HM Government)

Unconfirmed: “Norway’s Adevinta has won the auction to buy the bulk of eBay’s classified ads unit for nearly $9 billion” eBay will retain a minority stake. The question is whether this cash boost and fewer businesses to focus on will be a boon for the core marketplace. eBay Inc is a much small business now without classifieds and #paypal (Reuters)

Evidence of a lasting boost to online from COVID-19, #uk #courier #hermes are betting big with a £100m hub creating 10k jobs. (Yorkshire Post)


mrktplcs: 17 July 2020

#Google is experimenting with video shopping with #shoploop (Techcrunch)

Ethical, low waste online shopping has launched with #Loop in partnership with #Tesco. (Resource)

#Digiday doesn’t reckon #bigcommerce can “dethrone” #shopify in the ecommerce stakes. (Digiday)

Now 5 years has elapsed since the #eBay #paypal divorce, the marketplace is accelerating the process of transferring merchants to the new #adyen powered system of #ebaypayments that includes #applepay and #googlepay. (eBay)

Introducing a new ecommerce concept born during COVID from Thomas J Vosper: #aisle3 He’s looking for seed funding. (LinkedIN)

Event: #Lengow Day is on 1st October 2020. It’s virtual. #marketplaces (Lengow)

#marketplaces #retail #covid19

mrktplcs: 15 July 2020

For many #ebay merchants today is the deadline to sign up for the #adyen powered #payments replacement to #paypal. It is potentially a huge upheaval for sellers. (On #tamebay the comments make for interesting reading.) (Tamebay)

#Amazon will enforce FBA inventory limits beyond August. This will impact the delayed Amazon Prime Day expected on October 5th. (

#Bigcommerce is going public. #IPO. (Techcrunch) They have also increased payment options available on the platform with an Adyen integration. (Ecommercebytes)

#Etsy has had ‘a good virus’. Modern Retail has a good summary. #covid19 (Modern Retail)

Carrier #Whistl predicts #brexit delivery delays.(Post and Parcel).

#EnterpriseNation has an Amazon ‘bootcamp’ for Food & Drink sellers coming up in August. (Enterprise Nation)

mrktplcs: 13 July 2020

(This was originally posted on LinkedIN and only retrospectively here. Thus the links.)

At #ebay there is an increased use of #escrow services (this relates to USA motors but expect more) as trust remains a crucial #marketplaces and ecommerce concern.

#shopify considers how you can sell in #china using #wechat

#Marketplace for beautiful things #trouva explains how it has optimised its site to improve sales during COVID using #ometria

Longer Read: Jacob de Geer of #izettle (now part of #paypal) talks about how payments innovation during the COVID crisis has been vital to #SMEs

Event: ZigZag Global and GFS – Global Freight Solutions Ltd are teaming up for webinar on 3rd September called: Cracking the returns challenge.

Job: #crescodata is hiring for an Ecommerce Manager

#mrktplcs #amazon