What's been happening in the wider world of ecommerce that could affect how you run your marketplace business
By Sasha Fedorenko April 24, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Late Easter sees online sales growth, yet marking the lowest Q1 2019’s results

Late Easter saw a slight online sales growth, yet marking the lowest results of the first quarter of 2019, says the latest IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index. According to IMRG's analysis released today, online sales grew 5% on the year-on-year (YoY) rate in March. However,

US sales tax onerous for small businesses says eBay

eBay say the US sales tax is too onerous for small businesses due to its short timeframes for businesses to begin the tax collection. In some cases, sellers have as little as 2 months to comply in the multiple US states. "In 2019, eBay has tracked

1,000 French Amazon Lockers going into Casino Groupe’s supermarkets

Amazon have expanded their presence in France by installing 1,000 French Amazon Lockers into French supermarkets owned by retail giant Casino Groupe. Casino Groupe have announced last week that they're strengthening their partnership with Amazon "to create more convenience and services for customers in France" as

eBay and Little Sun partner to spotlight sustainable solar energy

eBay and Little Sun have teamed up to offer shoppers sustainable solar solutions "globally." Unfortunately, their listing only specifies shipping to the US. The focus on climate change today is more important than ever, eBay and Little Sun are empowering everyone to make thoughtful buying choices

Amazon and Google team up to bring video to each other’s platforms

Amazon and Google have teamed up to introduce video to each other's platforms. The duo have announced today the soon-to-be launch of YouTube app on Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, as well as the Prime Video app for streaming to Chromecast

‘Any money that I make, I make for myself:’ Dog in a Box founder

"Any money that I make, I make for myself," is how eBay's 14-year-old entrepreneur, Tommy Howard, founder of Dog in a Box describes his life after joining the marketplace as a seller. Tommy Howard, an eBay children's toyseller is an exception as an underage merchant who

Will Amazon book giveaway affect merchants?

Amazon US have announced yesterday an Amazon book giveaway incentive in honour of World Book Day in the US to encourage reading books from around the globe. Then UK World Book Day was on the 5th of March, and the US is on the 23rd

Proposed US jewellery import policy to require declaration of origin

The US State Department may enforce a US jewellery import policy which will require origin declaration of imported jewellery into the US. The possible regulation will ask a declaration of origin for every piece of finished jewellery or its components including precious metals, diamonds and all

Failed deliveries cost industry £1.6bn each year – what can be done about it?

Research the IMRG and NetDespatch, the leading parcel data management platform, quantified the cost of failed deliveries for the online retail industry, looking at the financial impact for the three main groups involved – shoppers, retailers and carriers. While there may be any number of reasons

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