Category Marketplaces

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 […]

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. […]