The latest headlines from the world of online marketplaces and commerce
By Chris Dawson May 30, 2017 - 8:00 am

Will eBay businesses masquerade as private sellers to avoid 50% fee hike?

There are many aspects to eBay fees which make it worth being a business seller. You can only have a Featured or Anchor shop if you are registered as a business, but with VAT to be added to eBay fees later this year as announced

You can now buy gift cards from PayPal

When PayPal was spun off from eBay, it wasn't unthinkable that one day you'd be able to pay with PayPal on eBay's arch rival Amazon. Of course this would never happen when PayPal was owned by eBay - neither Amazon nor eBay would dream of microsurveys with IFTTT marketing

When a customer is on your site or your mobile app and considering a purchase, the last thing they want is for you to hit them with a survey and yet a survey is possibly the best way of getting to know your customers better

350 years of distance selling marked by Royal Mail

It's 350 years since the dawn of ecommerce, except back then there was no Internet so it was just distance selling. It was the early pioneers of selling remotely via catalogues however, which eventually gave birth to ecommerce as we know it today. The first recorded

BBC Store to close and encourages customers to sign for Amazon Video

BBC Store has closed to new customers and will cease to exist on the 1st of November this year. If you weren't aware of it, BBC Store offered the opportunity to pay to stream episodes or complete series of programmes from the BBC archives. It

IKEA to make smart products compatible with Amazon, Google & Apple

Currently owning both an Amazon Echo and a Google Home device, one of the things that annoys me is the lack of compatibility and the cost of products for home automation. Either the cost is prohibitive or the solutions will only work with one of

Key takeaways for smaller retailers from ChannelAdvisor Catalyst 2017

If you missed ChannelAdvisor Catalyst, Chloë Thomas from eCommerce MasterPlan has recorded her key takeaways from Catalyst 2017 for the Smaller Retailer. The podcast is packed with inspiration, thought-provoking bits, and some top tips. Including updates from Channel Advisor, Amazon, Mary Portas and Julie Deane CEO

Innovate to Survive Seminars 13-27/6/17

Customer experience is the must win battleground – understanding how to survive and thrive with the new empowered customer is essential in 2017. Businesses who optimise their customer experience are growing 10% faster and exceeding the gross margins of their competitors by 26%. Oracle +

Amazon’s share price reaches an all time high

Amazon's stock price has reached an all time high on Thursday with the shares touching $999 before falling back before the end of trading. The below graph shows the trajectory of the stock over the past year. And it looks like there is plenty of growth