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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

Seller Dynamics expansion focus on Rakuten

Seller Dynamics have extended their online marketplace management service to support eight Rakuten sites. Rakuten sites in the UK, Germany, Spain, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore & Taiwan are now supported giving retailers a series of new sales opportunities biased toward the east. The additions complement the

New: Tradebox Accountancy Integration for Rakuten.co.uk

Tradebox have been delivering software solutions to online retailers across the UK for over a decade. From its inception, Tradebox software has successfully integrated with online marketplaces eBay and Amazon and have now released integration with the UK’s 3rd largest marketplace, Rakuten.co.uk. Founded in Tokyo in

Cross Border Trade: Up-and-coming markets

Welcome to the fourth article in Intercultural Elements (ICE) series aimed at helping retailers expand their online sales abroad. We have already published the introduction, Cross Border Trade: The first steps are knowing where to go and Amazon Piggybacking. Today ICE look at where you should

So You’ve Cracked Amazon. What’s Next?

Drawing on the experience of former Amazon business leaders, seasoned sellers, and other industry experts, The PROSPER Show is currently being held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Prosper Show aims to provide Amazon.com sellers with the knowledge to accelerate their businesses. If you sell in the

Linnworks & Rakuten multichannel selling webinar 18/11/15

This webinar with Linnworks and Rakuten will cover how to get more out of multi-channel selling and some top tips to help you make the most out of your new selling channels. Linnworks Marketing Manager Will Bowes will be joined by the Rakuten team to show

Linn Academy 2015 – Update on Rakuten

David Brackin is a regular contributor to Tamebay and is the co-founder of Stuff U Sell. He has sold over 250,000 different items on eBay. He was at the Linnworks Academy event in Reading today and reports live on Rakuten's presentation. Rakuten – the Japanese e-commerce

Join the Volo Commerce webinar re Rakuten.co.uk: 22/7/15

Tamebay has reported before on Rakuten.co.uk. It's the new incarnation of play.com and it could be a big challenger in the ecommerce marketplace space. Volo Commerce (who you may remember as eSellerPro) has integrated their multi-channel seller management system with Rakuten and they want to tell

One seller’s experience of signing up to Rakuten

Since our post this morning on the first 3 Months of Rakuten without Play.com, we've received a number of comments from readers. We thought we'd share the experience of one Tamebay reader who, like many of you, first registered their interest in selling on Rakuten

Rakuten: The first 3 months without Play.com

It's been three months since Play.com closed and Rakuten.co.uk became the replacement marketplace in the UK, so it's time to take a look at the numbers and hear from some of the sellers on the platform. Rakuten have kindly supplied some numbers and tell us that

Rakuten.co.uk now supported by plentymarkets

plentymarkets are the latest third party channel management software solution to add support for Rakuten.co.uk. plentymarkets emphasise that English markets attract a large number of customers because of the numerous English native speakers around the world and the even higher number of second-language speakers. The integration