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By Dan Wilson April 27, 2017 - 10:16 pm

Currencies Direct launches new mobile app for online marketplace sellers

Currencies Direct has announced the launch of a new app that provides online sellers using marketplaces such as Amazon, Cdiscount and Groupon an easier way to repatriate their earnings using their Apple or Android smartphone. Managing cash flow in multiple currencies is a vital challenge for

DHL ecommerce launches delivery service in Malaysia

DHL ecommerce has launched a domestic delivery service in Malaysia for the country's growing and enthusiastic audience of online shoppers. The ecommerce market in Malaysia is expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 15.8% to €1bn by 2020. This is fuelled by recent

Tophatter marketplace ‘no risk’ trial for high volume sellers

On Tophatter, shoppers compete in fleeting, 90-second auctions to win deals of up to 80% off jewelry, electronics, beauty, and fashion. Tophatter are seller-obsessed! They're there to help you scale. Every week thousands of marketplace sellers sell over 500,000 products to a community of 10 million

Snap UK general election will delay business rate relief package

One casualty of the snap general election called by British PM Theresa May, unexpectedly called last week, will be a package of relief proposed by the government in the light of criticism from SMEs facing eye-watering business rate hikes as of April 1 2017. We

Audio download tips: sell more on Amazon marketplaces

It's not often we'll provide you, our faithful Tamebay readers, with a podcast. But this one is available for free and we like to hear from the horse's mouth. Login in to hear from someone very senior at @Amazon talking about their plans on what

What would you like to ask GS1 about GTINs?

In a couple of weeks time I'm going to interview GS1 and ask some of the questions you want answers to. If there is anything you'd like asked, please pop your question in comments below. GS1 are the authority on GTINs ( EANs and UPCs) and

Unlicensed software cost UK SMEs £900k in 2016

The use of unlicensed software cost British small and medium enterprises nearly £1 million in 2016. The total cost to SMEs rose from £770,192 in 2015 to £914,587 in 2016. According to the BSA (The Software Alliance) that sum includes settlements and the cost of

Shipping made simple for Shopify with ParcelHub

Due to the high volume of requests for Shopify compatibility, Parcelhub have invested in a bespoke integration to their multi-carrier shipping service. As with other integrations, it will shorten customers’ label production to a few clicks of a mouse, while retaining full control over every shipment.

Facebook and Instagram bolster ad services for SMEs

Facebook and Instagram are enhancing the support they offer to SME advertisers, especially those on mobile, with the launch of new enhancements to the Ads Manager App. You can find out more here. The new Mobile Studio feature will help SMEs test the efficacy of

Prepare for Easter – Unanswered Messages and Late Shipments could harm your metrics

With the unseasonally hot weather this weekend and the Easter holidays kicking in with a double bank holiday weekend looming, many businesses could be forgiven for wanting a break. We still need money though and even though the couriers won't collect for four days, the

Small businesses shrug off ‘expert’ gloom to go for growth

Despite expert predictions of economic disaster, Britain’s small digital businesses are optimistic about their growth prospects this year by a margin of two to one, according to the eBay for Business Index based on research carried out by YouGov. Almost half of the small online businesses

Amazon to refund up to $75m in-app purchases by kids

The Federal Trade Commission and Amazon Inc. have agreed to end appeals related to last year’s court findings that the company billed consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children. The deal means that Amazon will start refunding parents for their children's clicks in games

Near St aims to bridge the gap between ecommerce and the High Street

Getting customers from the Internet back into local shops is a retailers dream. There is a problem though, one which many (including Google) are grappling with and that's how to find and display local inventory to potential buyers. Chloë Thomas over at Ecommerce Masterplan has just

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about growth in 2017?

The first SME Growth Tracker of 2017 has found that SMEs have raised their revenue growth projections for the third quarter in a row – and are now forecasting +2.3% revenue growth for the coming 12 months. The SME Growth Tracker is a quarterly report by

Australia introduces sales tax for digital importers in July

It will be a familiar concept to those of you who sell and export within Europe, because it's rather akin to what has been colloquially referred to as VAT MOSS . Within the EU, without a lower threshold, you need to pay VAT at the

ONS report UK online retailers see 26.6% yr on yr growth

The average weekly online spend in the UK was £1.0 billion according to the latest ONS figures. That's an increase of 20.7% compared with February 2016. The amount spent online accounted for 15.3% of all retail spending (excluding petrol) compared with 13.3% in February 2016. Although

Facebook and Google now paying full tax, says Australia

The threat of punitive taxes, changes to the law and a great deal of diligence mean that the Australian government will raise an additional 2 billion Australian dollars (£1.2bn) in this tax year on multi-national corporations operating in Australia. Companies such as Facebook and Google with

Mirakl Marketplace Platform for Services

Mirakl have announced the launch of Mirakl Marketplace Platform for Services product. This enables retailers, brand manufacturers and distributors to enhance their marketplaces by offering both products and services to customers in a single transaction. The platform can also be used to run services-only marketplaces,

UK and USA ban large electronics from hand luggage on some flights

The USA, shortly afterwards followed by the UK, has introduced restrictions on carrying electronic devices in hand luggage on planes originating the the Middle East and Africa. The new rules mean that nothing bigger than a smartphone can be carried on a plane from these destinations.

Etsy Shop product order display tests

Etsy have announced that they will test rearranging the display order of items in seller's Etsy shops. Similar to eBay's Best Match, the test will order items based on information that they know about your items, 'specifically, how likely they are to result in a