The latest headlines from the world of online marketplaces and commerce
By Sasha Fedorenko February 15, 2019 - 2:28 pm

Austria opens Amazon antitrust probe over sellers discrimination

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority (BWB) has launched an Amazon antitrust probe over alleged abuse of their dominant position in the country to discriminate against sellers on their marketplace. The investigation aims to examine Amazon's 'dual role' as a retailer and marketplace platform for allegedly violating competition

AliExpress see a Turkish merchant expand their offering to 90 countries

AliExpress, an online marketplace of Alibaba saw a Turkish merchant expand their offering to 90 countries. AliExpress saw Turkish small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) reach the global arena. One of the largest Turkish fashion brands, Trendyol which recently started selling on the marketplace saw an international

1st Class Royal Mail delivery target missed for 6th consecutive quarter

For the sixth consecutive quarter, the Royal Mail delivery target for 1st Class mail has been missed. The regulator's target is for 93% of First Class mail to be delivered the next working day. Royal Mail achieved 91.3% of First Class mail delivered the next

Meet the retailer: Sam Turner and Sons

How can traditional family businesses manage the change in the digital world? We spoke to Charlie Turner, director of Sam Turner and Sons, a family business built on family values and traditions fundament with ecommerce twist. Speaking to Tamebay, Charlie Turner, director of Sam Turner told us

New Amazon Moments reward scheme for digital and physical goods

Amazon have launched Amazon Moments, a service that lets developers easily reward customers across platforms and in more than 100 countries when they perform high value actions in apps and on websites. With Moments, you can track actions in real time, create targeted campaigns, and reward

Etsy sellers concerned over ‘unrealistic’ delivery review expectations

Some Etsy sellers are struggling to get five-star reviews claiming that the marketplace set unrealistic delivery expectations. The sellers are complaining that they told always ship on time. In a post on how to get 5-star reviews in their seller handbook, Etsy said that merchants should set

Alibaba joins $13m investment in IoT startup KONUX

Alibaba have joined a $13m investment round raised by the Munich-based internet of things (IoT) startup KONUX. These featured contributions are from Alibaba's investment arm and businesses including New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Upbeat Ventures, and MIG AG. The financial injection accounts for a total of $33m

Alibaba’s Ant Financial buys UK’s WorldFirst

WorldFirst is now part of Alibaba's Ant Financial group in what's thought to be a deal in the region of $700m. In order to clear the deal, it's now clear that WorldFirst divested their US operations to side step US regulatory scrutiny as Shareholders approved

eBay leadership rationalised with one global team

eBay are to rationalise their geographic regions bring the leadership together under one global team. The markets included in the new structure will be the Americas, APAC, UK, Central and Southern Europe, as well as Cross-Border Trade and the new team will be led by