Around the Ecommerce world in 5 mins!

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Ecommerce is changing everyday, and sometimes by the minute. So many new ideas and developments everyday, becomes hard to keep track.

We bring to you a curated digest of ecommerce developments/happenings around the world, compiled from various publications across the Internet.

Amazon.com experiences product page problems

Product pages on Amazon.com Inc. failed to load for a short period Wednesday afternoon. Shoppers who clicked on product pages around 3:30 p.m. Central on Wednesday received the following error message: “Sorry, something went wrong on our end. Please go back and try again or go to Amazon’s home page.”

 UPS Finds Shoppers Are Turning to International Sellers

UPS is finding that nearly half of online shoppers made purchases from international retailers. It reported that of the 47 percent of US consumers who purchased from an international retailer on a US online marketplace, the majority of these retailers are based in China (61 percent), the UK (23 percent), Canada (15 percent), and Japan (14 percent).

97% of US consumers shop on marketplaces

For many retailers, selling on online marketplaces should be a part of their e-commerce strategies. That’s because, increasingly, more consumers, particularly millennials, are starting their searches and ultimately buying on those platforms, Louis DeJianne, director of marketing at UPS, said at the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday.

eBay Canada updates Privacy Policy

eBay Canada announced it updated its user privacy policy this month, stating it had clarified language about its advertising and marketing communications provision.

Amazon launches a low-cost version of Prime for customers on government assistance

Amazon announced today it’s making its Prime membership program more affordable to customers on government assistance programs, including food stamps. The program, which requires that customers have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to qualify, will bring the cost of Prime down from $10.99 per month to just about half that, at $5.99 per month instead.

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