How online marketplaces are leading the trading card boom

As eBay and Amazon struggle against the pressures of verifying the authenticity of these cards, niche sites like TCGplayer, Cardmarket and Troll and Toad have emerged as influential hubs for buying and selling trading cards.

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  • AUG 16, 2021

    Wholesale marketplaces say virtual trade shows are here to stay

    While virtual trade shows were initially seen as a temporary blip amid the pandemic, companies like Faire and FashionGo now say they have no plans to stop. Both companies said their number of attendees has continued to increase for events in 2021 versus last year. As more and more wholesalers add e-commerce options, attending a digital trade show to find new products, too, may soon become a routine feature of the industry.

  • AUG 12, 2021

    Amazon Briefing: As drone popularity wanes, delivery robots try to take its place

    While some experts see Amazon delivery bots as having potential to reach customers, in general, “it’s just not gaining as much traction as you’d expect at that point,” said one expert. Delivery robots, on ground or by air, have never gotten past the pilot phase. And recent Amazon changes help explain why.

  • AUG 09, 2021
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    On Snapchat, retailers are testing the efficacy of mini apps

    With mini apps on Snapchat, retailers have another route to get their services in front of a massive audience. Since announcing the feature last summer, Snap has added 14 Minis within its chat section. Now, companies like Poshmark and Verishop are testing it out.

  • AUG 06, 2021

    ‘They’re just cashed-up private equity’: Flippa CEO Blake Hutchison on the rise of e-commerce rollups

    In the last five years especially, e-commerce business marketplace Flippa witnessed a huge market shift. Before, individual entrepreneurs buy small e-commerce businesses. And today, a flood of VC-backed aggregators like Thrasio make up a significant share of the big-ticket purchases on the platform. The company's CEO said that, from his vantage point, some of these companies are highly sophisticated, but others are “cashed-up, private equity masked as a FBA aggregator.”

  • AUG 05, 2021

    Amazon Briefing: Amazon is no longer a retailer, exactly

    Only about half of Amazon's overall revenue is coming from first-party retail, the business that first catapulted Amazon to prominence. The other 50% is coming from Amazon’s newer businesses: seller services; subscriptions, mainly through Prime and Twitch; Amazon Web Services; and advertising.

  • AUG 04, 2021

    Why food delivery companies are betting on airports

    A group of companies focused on food pickup and delivery, including Servy and AtYourGate, have gained traction throughout the pandemic. Now these companies are hoping to use that foothold to turn airport food delivery into a central feature of the travel retail world -- but there are many educational and labor hurdles to getting there.

  • AUG 02, 2021

    Olympic athletes are posting on TikTok and bringing fashion brands along for the ride

    In 2018, during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, TikTok had only just been introduced to the U.S. a year before. It hadn’t caught on as the sensation it is now, growing nearly 800% in monthly active users from 2018 to 2020. Throughout the last two weeks, Olympic athletes like Ilona Maher of the U.S. women’s rugby team have been taking to TikTok to show what life is like inside the Olympic village. And fashion brands are benefiting from it.

  • JUL 29, 2021

    Cheatsheet: Amazon’s 2021 growth was propelled by retail services

    Amazon’s second quarter earnings report reveals the extent to which the company has been able to diversify its revenues, especially in advertising and retail services -- and it has used those new markets to clock in a healthy profit.

  • JUL 29, 2021

    Amazon Briefing: Rollup companies are going international

    Acquirers are not just entering more countries. They’re also rapidly expanding the marketplaces where they are acquiring brands. Until this year, the rollup space was nearly singularly focused on Amazon-native brands -- but now acquirers are beginning to buy up brands native to platforms like Flipkart, Mercado Libre, Shopee and many more.

  • JUL 28, 2021

    How livestream shopping marketplaces are trying to become mainstream

    For years, retailers and tech companies have tried to harness live video as a means of reaching online shoppers. Now, numerous live video shopping startups have found themselves flush with cash as venture capitalists and celebs pour into the sector in search of the next big thing.

  • JUL 28, 2021

    Unpacked: How Uber’s logistics ambitions are becoming more serious

    After acquiring Transplace for $2.25 billion, Uber Freight is cementing its status as an important player in the growing world of digital freight brokerage. But it is also opening itself up to an entry into the parcel shipping space.

  • JUL 27, 2021

    Resale platforms are increasingly catering to investment-minded customers

    Consumers are increasingly considering secondhand purchases as a new form of investment, carefully purchasing appreciating styles. In turn, resale retailers across both the luxury and collectible spaces are seeing rising prices on a wider range of products and brands, and are continuing investments in site features and customer services to create consumer trust in a relatively new space.

  • SEP 13, 2021

    Back to school 2021: What happened and what it means moving forward

    Watch this on-demand webinar where experts discuss the changes to the back-to-school season and what it means for retailers now and in the future.

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