eCommerce Roundup: March 23rd 2017

Thursday March 23, 2017 | Posted at 11:42 am | By Paul Dicken
March 23, 2017 @ 11:42 am

Another fortnight has passed, which means it’s time for our roundup of all the most important ecommerce news. This installment features:

  • Amazon’s new app technology
  • Walmart making yet another acquisition
  • eBay challenging in the delivery space

If you missed our last roundup, find it here.

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eBay to offer guaranteed 3-day delivery on 20 million items – TechCrunch

Without any dedicated fulfilment power of their own, eBay have been falling behind competitors Amazon and Walmart/Jet for some time. The ‘Guaranteed Delivery’ program shows the strategic emphasis marketplaces are placing on delivery. 

Resembling Amazon’s Seller Fulfilled Prime program, it will be open to qualifying sellers who are capable of meeting certain metrics. Buyers will be able to filter by delivery time, boosting the ranking of sellers enrolled in Guaranteed Delivery.

The program will only be available in the US when it launches in summer this year, though the potential for bringing it to other eBay geographies is clearly there.

eBay gives conflicting answers on new shipping program – eCommerceBytes

The Guaranteed Delivery program has caused a stir for more than just the right reasons however. It is still somewhat unclear who will be responsible for reimbursing customers who don’t receive their goods in time.

eBay have released slightly unclear statements about the matter, though it seems likely that this will be resolved pretty soon.


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How City Distribution is Disrupting Delivery – eCommerce Nation

Speaking of shipping, with the rise of Amazon Prime and Prime Now, same day delivery and even 2 hour delivery is increasingly prominent in urban areas. However, it’s in these same areas that infrastructure is most restricted and difficult to expand. 

This article explores the changing requirements for delivery and supply in the new era of instant gratification ecommerce.

Achieving Multichannel Shipping Excellence – Parcelhub

Staying with the theme, we recently featured this useful piece from our partner Parcelhub. It features 4 simple takeaway pointers to getting your shipping setup as a multichannel retailer.


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Amazon’s ‘Outfit Compare’ mobile feature tells users what to wear – RetailDive

It seems that two weeks never pass without Amazon having a new innovation, investment or development for us to cover. 

This time round it’s the intriguing launch of a feature within the Amazon mobile app which allows users to upload two pictures of themselves in different outfits. Stylists will then pick between the two, giving feedback to users. 

It’s hard to see quite what the purpose is from Amazon’s perspective, but given their history it seems highly likely that this is one piece of a larger puzzle. 

Wal-Mart launching new investment team as its appetite for online retail grows – CNBC

Walmart have demonstrated an acquisitive mindset in 2017 when it comes to ecommerce, so it comes as little surprise to see a dedicated team arise for the purpose of investing in futuristic retail tech. 

Apparently the group focuses on VR, AI and other hotly anticipated advances for the retail sector. 

Walmart buys online women’s fashion retailer ModCloth – Retail Business Review

It’s not just the future Walmart are investing in – it’s the here and now. That’s the world in which Amazon are dominant in apparel, and apparel is the largest ecommerce category.

To accelerate their growth in this vertical, Walmart have now acquired three separate online fashion and apparel retailers – ModCloth is just the latest to come through the door, and is unlikely to be the last.

As ever, if you think we’ve missed anything, let us know in a comment. Thanks for reading and sharing! Drop back in two weeks for more straightforward, to the point ecommerce news. 

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