Category Marketplaces

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, […]

Alibaba Wants to Dominate in Russia Too: AliExpress Expands in Russia With One-Day Delivery

East-West Digital News: AliExpress, the Alibaba subsidiary which has overwhelmed the Russian e-commerce scene with cheap Chinese products, is still expanding aggressively in the country. The Chinese company, which opened its platform to Russian merchants in late 2015, has announced that domestic deliveries will be performed in just one day. At start, the one-day delivery […]

China’s No. 4 Pinduoduo (PDD) Is Already a Social Commerce Giant

China has a new e-commerce startup ‘unicorn’ that is putting social commerce back on the map, in a big way. Pinduoduo, or PDD, raised $100 million in February, bringing the valuation of the company to $1.5 billion. (PDD raised its first round in 2015.) Business of Fashion / Bloomberg has a long portrait of the […]

How Buzzfeed and Shopify Push Affiliate Marketing to a New Level

Buzzfeed is one of those companies to keep an eye on. In a world increasingly dominated by platforms, in the case of online retail more specifically marketplaces, every company needs a grasp on the bandwidth of approaches to thrive with and on those platform; or beside them. And what everyone else is successfully doing. Buzzfeed […]

The Expansion of Marketplaces: Etsy Studio Launches With 8+ Million Items

In “The 3 Rules on How to Expand Marketplaces” we talked, amongst over things, about Etsy Studio, which launched today, as a logical extension of the Etsy marketplace: Imagine the market power an UPS or FedEx would yield if one of those would command the biggest marketplace in a given country as well. This is […]

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 […]