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eBay Was the First One in India and Still Missed the Boat

eBay just gave its India business to Flipkart. One remarkable aspect about all this is the fact that eBay in fact was an early entrant on the Indian market. Ebay was the first international online retailer to enter India. Sumit Chakraberty at Tech in Asia about the history of eBay in India: Long before the […]

Samsonite Pulls a Unilever and Snaps up eBags for $105 Million

Unilever buying Dollar Shave Club last year might just have been a wake-up call for many brands trying to figure out where to stand in the digital landscape. It’s time to get serious. In the US, with Amazon dominating the online market, it has been Walmart recently making one move after another buying online players […]

An Explosion in Online Shopping in Iceland

No one gets away. The Iceland Review: Iceland Post can barely keep up with delivering mail orders arriving from abroad. When Icelanders discovered the Chinese online store AliExpress in 2013 and, subsequently, other similar ones, there was an explosion in the number of online orders, according to Vésteinn Viðarsson, parcel manager at Iceland Post, Umræðan […]

The Wave of Retail Disruption, as Seen at Shoptalk 2017

Vishal Gurbuxani published a great overview of Shoptalk 2017 on Medium, with a lot of notes and screenshots of slides from the conference: Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence is critical for success -Every company needs to hire a data science team and start collecting data now -You can’t just throw machine learning without data. You […]

Being Marc Lore: Walmart Wanted to Buy as Well, Now Amazon Kills It

Well, that is remarkable. Bloomberg: Inc. is shutting down its Quidsi division, which it acquired for about $545 million in 2011, saying it has been unable to make the owner of and websites profitable. More than 260 employees at Quidsi’s Jersey City, New Jersey, headquarters and customer service operation will lose their […]

The Rising Alibaba Cloud and the Future of Global Marketplaces

Like Amazon with AWS, Alibaba is building out its cloud business in the hope of building a massive business like AWS. And it looks like Alibaba may achieve this. Alibaba’s cloud already is the undisputed no. 1 in China. Which gives Alibaba some advantage: With Cloud computing it’s all about the scale effects. (That is […]

First Retail Partner Switches Back From Messenger to Email, But Not So Fast, Everyone Else

How Zalando uses mobile notifications. Every company needs to find its own way. There are no best practices yet, and maybe there never will be ones universally applicable. Recode on Everlane, a launch partner of Facebook Messenger’s business offerings in 2015 which is switching back from Messenger to emails: But today, Everlane emailed customers to […]