What's been happening in the wider world of ecommerce that could affect how you run your marketplace business
By Chris Dawson August 23, 2019 - 1:50 pm

CWU Letter to Branches calls for strike action ballot

There's trouble brewing between Royal Mail and the CWU which could lead to industrial action this Christmas. A CWU letter to branches has gone out setting out plans for over 100,000 Royal Mail staff to be balloted for possible strike action. A Royal Mail strike

Peak season is nearly upon us again – is the industry ready?

As retailers take their last long weekend break before the busy Q4, Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO at NetDespatch looks at the planning for the peak season and how delivery can delight or frustrate both consumers and retailers: These days, planning for the peak season for retail seems

July online retail sales disappoint after June spike anomaly

Following a month of improved online retail sales in June, retailers failed to maintain the positive momentum in July, with online sales growth slowing to just +4.4% Year-on-Year (YoY) and falling by -5.7% Month-on-Month (MoM), according to the latest IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index, which

Alibaba plan to plant a physical store in Spain

Alibaba are set to debut a permanent physical store in Spain this weekend in a bid to show off the marketplace's merchants' products, giving them a taste of the physical retailing. Alibaba will open doors to their first Spanish bricks-and-mortar store on Sunday, the 25th of

Changes in consumer demand are driving innovation in retail

Despite well-publicised struggles for high street stores, the UK retail industry registered over £380 billion in sales in 2018, which represented a third of all consumer spending and 5% of the country’s total GDP. Regardless of the negative headlines, it’s still a hugely significant sector

Amazon 150 tools and services set to support SMBs’ growth

Amazon have announced 150 tools and services have been launched since the beginning of the year to help independent small and medium-sized businesses grow their sales in Amazon’s stores. Tools such as Sold by Amazon help sellers manage the pricing of their products in Amazon’s stores,

Take a break over the Summer Bank Holiday

With the Summer Bank Holiday fast approaching and the weather at last looking like it's going to return to sunny days for the end of the school summer break it's time to prepare for a busy Tuesday when you come back to work. If you are

Second-hand marketplace Vinted expand to Netherlands

A Lithuanian-born online marketplace, Vinted have announced their expansion to the Netherlands to enable users to buy, sell and swap their handed-down clothing in exchange for money. The move marks an important step in the marketplace's "global mission" efforts to expand their growing community of 22

Alibaba’s three-pronged approach to battling counterfeits

Alibaba are stepping up their zero-tolerance policy for counterfeit products in a bid to stop customers falling victims of fake items masquerading as genuine goods by using a three-pronged approach to battle infringing products. A combination of ever-improving technologies and close partnerships with the brands selling