Category Marketplaces

How Wayfair Selling the Same for Different Prices Elsewhere Points to a Future Struggle in Private Labels

It appears that Wayfair is selling the same item on several online shops, its own and others -among them also Amazon- for different prices. Outstanding piece of reporting by Quartz: After analyzing a random selection of items on Wayfair, Quartz discovered that the company often lists what appear to be identical products with different prices […]

Alibaba Won Against JD.com & Now Leads a $1.1b Round in Indonesia’s Tokopedia

And another one on the Alibaba vs. JD.com front. As we expected, Alibaba won against JD.com in their fight about which of the two fierce Chinese competitors will be investing in Tokopedia. TechCrunch: A valuation for the deal was not announced, but the companies did say that Alibaba has become a minority shareholder. […] The […]

How to Compete With Amazon as a Small, Niche Marketplace Provider

Can you compete on your own against a conglomerate like Alibaba or Amazon? Maybe when you cater to a niche that is as isolated as possible from the rest of retail? Business Insider: Amazon’s Handmade could steal both Etsy’s customers and its merchants. Handmade, Amazon’s craft goods marketplace, is a direct competitor to Etsy and bolstered […]

Etsy May Be up for Sale

After earlier this year getting a new CEO and letting a lot of employees go, Etsy seems to have stabilized itself somewhat for the time being. The most important news around Etsy’s quarterly earnings may be though that the marketplace for hand-made goods is up for sale. Bloomberg: Black-and-White has also suggested that Etsy consider […]

How This Fast-growing Vietnamese Marketplace Wants to Reach GMV of $1B by 2020

The Vietnamese marketplace Sendo seems to be on a roll. Sendo advertising itself in a paid post at Tech in Asia: “In 2016, we tripled our gross merchandise value (GMV) from 2015, crossing US$50 million quite early in Q4. With the current rate we are going, there’s no reason we would slow down,” says Tran […]

Alibaba and JD.com Are Bidding Against Each Other to Invest in Indonesia’s Tokopedia

Wonder who would leak to Bloomberg that both JD.com and Alibaba want to invest in Tokopedia. It is almost like Tokopedia is trying to get the most out of it. Bloomberg on Alibaba wanting to invest in Tokopedia: The Chinese company is in negotiations to lead a funding round in Indonesia’s largest online marketplace of […]

The RealReal’s CEO Says Company’s Goal Is to IPO “Someday”

The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright told TechCrunch they the luxury resale marketplace is planning to go public “someday”: The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright tells TechCrunch in a video interview that she’s preparing the luxury consignment e-tailer to go public someday. “That’s the goal,” she said when asked about IPO plans. “We really aren’t in the mood […]

Why JD.com’s Biggest Threat is WeChat

Marketplaces, like platforms in general, create winner-takes-all dynamics by virtue of the network effects that create an ever growing gravitation towards the biggest entities. As online retail goes more and more towards marketplaces everywhere, this dynamic gets more prevalent as well. This holds equally opportunities and strategic pitfalls for online retailers as well. Case in […]

Flexe, the AirBnB for Warehouses, Is Shaking Up Online Retail in the US

Flexe is one of those very rare startups that could (still) shake up the whole online retail market in the US. Flexe has slowly been bringing more and more warehouse space and fulfillment services to its platform and is now slowly reaching scale at which it truly becomes interesting. Bloomberg: In less than five years, […]

Everything You Need to Know Today About Luxury Resale Marketplace The RealReal

Founded in 2011, The RealReal, that makes consignment (resale) of luxury items online possible by, among other things, independently verifying the items for the buyers before putting them up, has raised $123 million in venture funding to date and is on track to make $500 million in GMV this year. In an interview with Techcrunch, […]