The latest headlines from the world of online marketplaces and commerce
By Chris Dawson August 23, 2019 - 3:33 pm

OnBuy funding round seeks to raise £500k

A new OnBuy funding round is being sought to launch newly identified growth opportunities. A previous OnBuy funding round raised £2.7million to launch the ecommerce platform and they are now seeking a top-up of £500k to develop the offering, become profitable and fuel it’s growth. OnBuy

OnBuy growth hits £12m GMV with 3,000 active sellers

OnBuy growth has been impressive, fast and is now starting to accelerate exponentially from their modest beginnings reporting hitting £12m GMV run rate with expectations of growing this to £150m GMV over the next three years by 2022. Latest OnBuy growth figures released by the marketplace

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