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Rakuten News

All of the latest on the Japanese marketplace. Find out more in the Tamebay Guide.
By Chris Dawson March 30, 2017 - 6:33 am

Sell in Japan with Rakuten Ichiba #RetailWithoutBorders

Rakuten is the largest online sales channel in Japan, with about a quarter of all online transactions in Japan going through the marketplace. Nearly 90% of Japanese Internet users are registered members of Rakuten. Traditionally Rakuten Ichiba has been difficult for Western merchants to attack, but

Cubyn to launch in UK following PriceMinister partnership

On-demand logistics startup Cubyn have announced a partnership with Rakuten's PriceMinister in France giving 5,000 merchants the ability to tap into Cubyn’s on-demand logistics platform. Cubyn are almost unique amongst logistics solutions in that once you start using them you'll never have to pack another

New Rakuten.co.uk Terms and Conditions

As you will likely know, Rakuten.co.uk declared it would be shutting up shop some months ago. But it looks like there is one last gasp and attempt at reinvention. The marketplace element has already been scrapped but the platform will still be populated by affiliated suppliers,

tamebayTV news round up 17/6/16 Rakuten, PayPal and GS1

Here's another one of our weekly video round-ups. Tips include the fall of Rakuten, Apple Pay and other upcoming events. https://youtu.be/GSt6OB1r0Eg?list=PLeEyz-zrtC4gP-C1yrnyovmSkalYMq_Gg (If you can't see the video above, you can find it on YouTube here. And to see more video content from Tamebay, check out the tamebayTV

Tamebay Comment: The fall of Rakuten and why we need a third big player

The announcement that Rakuten UK will be closing wasn't a surprise but it did come out of the blue last week. Their new proposition never resonated with sellers and the new branding was bewildering to buyers. What was Rakuten? They didn't answer that question. They also

Rakuten to close in Spain and Austria as well as UK

As we reported earlier this afternoon. Rakuten will be closing its operations in the UK from August. But it looks like there will be a greater reduction of service in Europe with the closure of Rakuten marketplaces in Spain and Austria too. Austrian users will

Rakuten UK marketplace is closing down

In rather surprising news, it seems that Rakuten is closing down its UK operation in August. In an email to partners, Patrick Kelly, UK Marketplace Country Manager writes: "We regret to inform you that following a strategic review of its operations in Europe, Rakuten has

Why you should sign up for Rakuten marketplace today

Rakuten, the revamped Play.com platform, has had a new team put in place to support UK retailers wanting to sell on the platform. We know there were significant teething problems when Rakuten.co.uk initially launched in the UK, but over the past month we've been talking to

Rakuten launching deliveries to real customers by drone

Rakuten have stolen a march on their western competitors with the announcement of drone deliveries to actual customers, albeit limited to those playing on a golf course where there are no annoying buildings in the way and a limited number of pedestrians and vehicles. From the

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