More ecommerce acquisitions, eBay seller metrics under scrutiny and Amazon Business going live in the UK – we’re covering the biggest news of the last two weeks in ecommerce.
Amazon’s B2B marketplace offering has been live in the US for some time, and recently launched in Germany. Seeing massive transaction volumes and rapid sign-up rates in its first year in the US, the rollout across Amazon’s other key regions is beginning to pick up.
Business suppliers across the UK will be looking keenly at this opportunity to get onto a sophisticated platform with a huge amount of trust and recognition such as Amazon.
Marketplace sellers should be aware that these services provided by Royal Mail are not considered by eBay to meet certain delivery time metrics, as Royal Mail does not guarantee them to. However, buyers are still told to expect delivery within the 24/48 hour timeframe.
This discrepancy between eBay’s attitude to buyers vs sellers raises some concerns, but as long as businesses are aware and acting with this information in mind they should be able to avoid any issues.
In its battle with Walmart, Amazon has moved to the top of the supply chain to manufacturers of consumer packaged goods.
These manufacturers make Walmart’s bread-and-butter inventory products – convincing them to sell directly to consumers could hypothetically strain their relationship with Walmart and other large retailers who become cut out of the chain.
Flipkart and eBay are reportedly in talks to merge their ecommerce operations in India – leaving the possibility of an eBay proxy fighting Amazon India and part Alibaba-owned Paytm for market share in the rapidly growing market.
Amazon have outbid Dubai’s Emaar Malls to acquire Souq, a business selling 400,000 products online in the Middle East.
In the light of fierce competition in both mature markets with the likes of Walmart, and in emerging markets with the likes of Alibaba and Flipkart, Amazon seems keen to diversify into regions with less established ecommerce presence.
In search of increased personalisation and a more buyer-friendly experience, eBay.com has debuted a new homepage style featuring recommendations and curated products.
Time will tell how effective this is as a method of luring buyers to shop at eBay before other sites, as is their stated goal.
There’s an irony in Amazon (who make only minor profits, if at all) shuttering a large subsidiary on the grounds that it isn’t making very much profit – all the moreso when some employees have commented to suggest that Quidsi was in fact turning a corner when it came to profitability.
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