Is an eBay cryptocurrency coming soon?

Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up – 11-17 May 2019

May 17, 2019

The big headlines in eCommerce this week include: Is eBay About to Launch a Cryptocurrency? Amazon Set to Invest in Deliveroo Amazon Counter Allows Customers to Collect from Next in UK and Italy Zavvi Accidentally Invites Thousands of ‘Winners’ to Champions League Final Magento Launches Magento Commerce Branded Stores for Amazon eBay Push Marketing Initiative…

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Amazon Sellers hacked in 2018: How, and what can you do to stay safe?

AmazonWatch: Hacking Fraud Revealed

May 13, 2019

Between May and October last year, around 100 Amazon sellers lost money due to a widespread hacking operation. The news broke late last week when Bloomberg reported on a document filed with UK courts last November. The filing has only just been made public. Inside the Amazon Hack Beginning on May 16th, 2018, hackers diverted…

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This week our eCommerce roundup includes eBay news: compensation for Magic players, a pop-up high street shop, and more.

Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 4-10 May 2019

May 10, 2019

In the news this week: Hasbro & eBay confirm compensation for Magic mess-up eBay UK reaches 25 million visitors per month eBay moves into UK high streets Etsy prepares push to compete with bigger marketplaces YouTube to introduce shoppable videos Amazon UK introduces ‘Shipping Region Surcharges’ Hasbro & eBay Confirm Compensation for Magic Mess-Up Following…

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Argos' augmented reality app: is it the future of online retail?

Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 27 April – 3 May 2019

May 3, 2019

A busy week for eCommerce news sees us pull some stories from outside the usual suspects. So what do you need to know? DPD Goes Environmentally Conscious with eBike Delivery Argos AR App: The Shape of Things to Come Amazon Set Up New UK Fulfilment Centre Zalando Customer Reach Skyrockets Over Q1 2019 Facebook Group…

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Could Google's new Cloud for Retail compete with Amazon Web Services?

Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 13-19 April 2019

April 18, 2019

Today in the round-up: Probe into Online Reviews Google Launches ‘Cloud for Retail’ Amazon Out of China Amazon Cuts Promotion for Own Brands Changes in ‘Refund Culture’; PayPal Change Terms In-App Shopping Comes to Instagram Probe into Online Reviews Continues Which? magazine is continuing its investigation into fake reviews on Amazon. We looked in detail…

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These headphones had a great rating, but I can't hear anything; the problem with fake Amazon reviews.

Fake Amazon Reviews Continue: A Closer Look

April 16, 2019

Fake Amazon reviews. Just how big a problem are they for Amazon sellers? Earlier this month we looked at Amazon’s practice of review bundling and how it’s unfortunately allowed low-value products to benefit from reviews of high-quality equivalents. A lot of the information we used came from Which? magazine’s investigation. Which? has released a new…

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Could Microsoft be fielding a 'Shopify Rival' soon?

Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 6-12 April 2019

April 12, 2019

Welcome to the first in a new series of weekly news blogs looking at recent developments in the eCommerce world. Today: Microsoft & Squarespace move into the eCommerce CMS Market “Shipping with Amazon” begins trials in the USA Amazon Sellers gain more control over how they add and market products Amazon Seller Central reduces referral…

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Many of these packages may cost Amazon Sellers less to sell under new reduced referral fees.

Amazon Sellers to Take Advantage of New Referral Fees

April 9, 2019

Following a successful trial in American markets this February, Amazon is reducing referral fees for multiple product categories in the UK and the EU. Amazon’s share of retail is huge – over £4 in every £100 spent in the UK is spent on Amazon. Only four companies beat that; Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Asda and Morrisons. Outside…

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Are Amazon reviews as trustworthy as they should be? As fake reviews are being produced at scale, it seems like there are issues to watch for.

Amazon Review Bundling Leads to Outcry

April 8, 2019

The Amazon Which? Hunt UK consumer rights magazine Which? has turned its attention to customer reviews on Amazon and how they affect sales. We recently looked at how the retail giant is taking on counterfeit products, but reporting from multiple sources indicates that review manipulation may be just as big a problem – and some…

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The Full Story: Amazon’s “Vendor Purge”

March 18, 2019

Two weeks ago, Amazon stopped buying from its Vendors. The change was abrupt and had no warning – one day, the weekly purchase order just wasn’t there for tens of thousands of Vendors. A week later, many of these Vendors were reinstated. However, not only did some not return, but Amazon has pushed those who…

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CRaP products cut down on profits even for Amazon. Don't fall down the same trap.

AmazonWatch: CRaP Product Policy Changes

March 12, 2019

Over the past week, Amazon has been addressing everything from Amazon Vendors to Fulfilment by Amazon. There seems to be a common thread, though – CRaP products. CRaP is internal Amazon jargon. It stands for Can’t Realise a Profit. CRaP products are items they recognise the demand for, but which they can’t produce a good…

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Amazonwatch Amazon early 2019 growth isn't meeting forecasts

AmazonWatch: Slow Growth Forecasted

February 1, 2019

Months after Amazon’s market value broke the trillion-dollar barrier, immediately after a record performance for the holiday period, the firm has forecast reduced growth this quarter. Investor concerns have led to Amazon’s share price dropping by almost 5% during after-hours trading on the 31st. The price dropped from 1750 to a low of 1623.90 over…

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