Category Mobile

Is Wish Trying its Hand at Social Shopping?

Mobile shopping startup Wish is well known for its agressive discount campaigns to lure people in. (Recently, for example, more and more of the cheapest products have become “free” on Wish. Making only money through shipping fees.) Interestingly (maybe), Wish recently started pushing a very rudimentary version of group buying: It’s the German version of […]

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 […]

Spring Gets $65 Million for Fashion Shopping on iPhone (and iMessage)

As online retail moves from the desktop Internet to mobile, the time for mobile pure players is coming. Spring just got a $65 million investment, led by mutual fund Fidelity: Fidelity Investments has led a $65 million investment in Spring, a three-year-old e-commerce startup that sells clothes from 2,000 clothing brands through its mobile app […]

Thanks to Mobile, Zalando Sees Its Customers Return More Often and Buy More

Zalando seems to have overcome the company’s weak growth period in the DACH region (DACH = Germany, Austria and Switzerland). While Q3 last year saw DACH growth at under 10%, last Q4 saw a growth rate at 17.5%. Now Q1 of 2017 saw DACH growth at 17%. Rest of Europe grew significantly faster, with an […]

How China Became the First True Mobile-First Commerce Nation

Forbes has an overview over how China became truly mobile-first that is very much worth reading: Chinese consumers account for 1.1 billion mobile internet subscriptions, more than 2.5 times those in the U.S, the next largest market. Chinse consumers embraced the ubiquity of the mobile device, using these new gadgets to interact with brands as […]

WeChat Pay

Alibaba’s Alipay Is Under Fire from Tencent’s WeChat Pay in China

Never underestimate the power of mobile messaging. In China, Tencent’s WeChat is starting to threaten Alipay, Alibaba’s payment arm. WeChat has 883 million monthly active users worldwide. The messaging app added a payment function in 2013. Naturally, not all WeChat users use the app for payments. The Information (paywall): Tencent said its payment business had […]

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 […]