Category Marketplaces

How Wish Grew to 2 Million Orders Per Day

Even though having a fantastic run that is going strong for years now -and being the undisputed online market leader in the US and other Western markets no less!-, Amazon is not the end state of all of e-commerce. Look at, for example, other online retailers like Alibaba or Zalando, not just for how to […]

How eBay’s New Guaranteed 3-Day Shipping Compares to Amazon

From the do-we-even-need-to-spell-it-out department: CNET about the announcement: On Monday, eBay announced it will offer a new guaranteed-delivery program in the US starting this summer, pledging deliveries in three or fewer days for more than 20 million products. For the first time, eBay’s shoppers will be able to filter searches to see only items guaranteed […]

Ebay Is Doubling Down on Its Advertising Business and Hopes to Grow Cross-Border Commerce

“eBay is doubling down on its advertising business, just like Amazon”, writes Recode and that is exactly what this is. eBay needed Amazon to show the company that, gosh, advertising services on one’s own marketplace might be a good idea to be provided as a first-party service: eBay is in the process of building up […]

Taobao

Taobao Villages: Alibaba Is Deeply Entrenched in More and More Rural Regions in China

A lot has been written over the last couple of years on how China is leapfrogging brick-and-mortar retail and has whole regions going from agriculture straight to an economy where people sell and buy stuff online. The dynamics that this rapid change brings along are fascinating. (Rapid: e-commerce can spread faster than stores could be […]

eBay Finally Stopped Selling Third-Party Ads on Its Marketplace (in the US)

Speaking of eBay, this is overdue: eBay stopped, more or less, selling third-party ads on the eBay platform: We’re removing third-party product listing ads across the eBay platform effective May 1, 2017. We will begin replacing the ads with eBay promoted listings at that time, with additional placements coming over the course of the year. […]

Bouquet of Flowers with a Butterfly, Willem van Leen, 1763 - 1825

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Amazon, eBay & Zalando’s Services Revenues Explosion

The general route goes something like this: Grow to a large enough size to be able to do more than mere (‘pure’) online retail -> Diversify and grow towards platforms et al (marketplaces, services) -> Diversification of revenue streams When an online retailer reaches a certain size, the company gets to a crossroads of sorts. […]

Amazon’s Most Promising ‘Stealth’ Project, the Treasure Truck, Celebrates 1st Birthday

This friday, the Amazon Treasure Truck celebrated its first year anniversary, see the offical social media updates on Facebook and on Twitter. The Amazon Treasure Truck, a location based, short-term deals model that only works with the premise of everyone owning a smartphone, is promising because it allows Amazon to do local deals with comparatively […]