Alibaba is looking towards the less regulated waters of other countries in Asia and Europe as it plots its expansion, supporting its international platforms and international wholesale and logistics. However, analysts warn of further competition abroad.
Third-party sellers on Amazon are raising prices to stay in the black during a dynamic trading environment. Many small to mid-sized businesses are still grappling with supply chain delays induced by the pandemic. While Amazon has eased some of its storage restrictions at its warehouses that hurt sellers during the crucial holiday period, additional headwinds including inflation and increased fulfillment and shipping costs still linger.
The Instagram brand is over. Instead, TikTok brands -- with video-friendly products and brand founders embracing a social creator role -- are on the rise. A mix of unfiltered content, creator-minded founders and products in use drive virality on the platform.
Left alone to navigate the world of Roblox, an online gaming platform used daily by 49.5 million mostly teen users, retailers risk falling into a marketing minefield amid increased regulatory scrutiny of child-friendly online games. In the absence of any real support from Roblox, businesses are being forced to self-regulate their games to avoid any pitfalls around marketing to children -- who may find it difficult to distinguish between advertising and non-advertising content.
Despite low margins on delivery orders, DoorDash has managed to continue its pandemic momentum. During the last quarter of 2021, the company reached a record number of users and average order values.
Despite Amazon establishing its grocery business in the U.K. with the help of local supermarket supply partners, its success could hinge on the strength of its owned brand goods. Now, as its grocery business continues to grow, the e-commerce giant is trying to find new ways to grow its market share in that region.
Social media, payments and even delivery platforms are approaching super app status. Already a popular concept in China, companies are vying to be the U.S. equivalent of multi-purpose super apps like WeChat and Alipay.
Unbundled, a new free online database made by VC firm Interlace Ventures, aims to bridge the gap between growing brands and their back-end technology stacks. The concept is simple: Unbundled looked at 50 popular online brands currently on the market -- from Warby Parker and Olipop -- and then used publicly available information to list the retail technologies powering their businesses.
Since going public a year ago, buy now, pay later service Affirm has been trying to expand its merchant base by offering more SMB shoppers financing options. This included recent partnerships with Amazon and Shopify, which have helped grow Affirm's orders in the past year.
Amazon is increasingly giving beauty startups access to its premium and indie brand programs. It gives them entry into a gated section on Amazon’s platform free from third-party resellers, and with additional perks such as early notice and access to upcoming promotions and revenue-boosting placement on curated beauty pages. Meanwhile, it makes Amazon more competitive against large retailers like Ulta and Sephora.
Resale platform Chairish has re-sold over 588,000 pieces of vintage furniture and art from 10,000 sellers. Capitalizing on the boom in the wider resale market, the San-Francisco-based company expanded into Europe last month on the back of its acquisition of Europe-based Pamono. With a larger assortment of goods, comes an even greater need for meticulous curation, according to co-founder and CEO Gregg Brockway.
Apple’s iOS14 privacy updates have made traditional social media advertising harder. As a result social media platforms like Pinterest and Snap are investing in in-house measurement tools, AR/VR and features to appeal to creators versus brands.
With the rise in operating and shipping costs Amazon has faced, the company is hiking its Prime membership cost for the first time since 2018. Starting in March, the service will cost nearly double the rate it cost a decade ago. However, the increase is unlikely to cause any major churn among loyal members.
The competition for shoppers and sellers on resale sites is more fierce than ever. So much so, that players like Mercari are heavily investing in app design and marketing campaigns to encourage users to shop and list more items.
Amazon's continued push into healthcare pits it against an assortment of competitors, ranging from startups to pharmacies to retailers like Target and Walmart and even third-party sellers on its marketplace. Naturally, some of those businesses and entrepreneurs are closely monitoring Amazon's investments, and how the e-commerce giant impacts pricing and profit margins as it wades further into their market.
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