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.
An eBay seller figured out how to send packages to his customers for a penny, but now he is paying the price. eBay seller Jack Zeljko Pasic pleaded guilty to defrauding the US Postal Service out of postage due on over 9,000 packages shipped from San Diego to eBay customers throughout the United States between April 2009 and October 2010. Pasic ran an eBay business called Diavega from 2008 through 2010 and in 2009, he purchased a postal meter from Endicia to print postage labels.
Ever wonder exactly how marketplaces like eBay and Amazon performed on key holiday shopping dates? Companies are generally stingy with their data, so a new report fromecommerce platform 3dcart provides insight into how small companies performed on Cyber Monday by revealing unusually detailed information. The data released from 3dcart shows a 12% increase in dollar sales among its users on Cyber Monday 2015.
Amazon.com today announced that it has added more than 4,000 items to its Prime Now service just in time for the holidays. Whether it’s a big-screen television, top toys and gift-giving items or supplies for yuletide baking, Prime Now has everything customers need to skip a trip to the store this holiday season. “In the year since we first launched Prime Now for customers in Manhattan, we’ve grown rapidly to more than 20 metropolitan areas across the U.S. and we are excited to continue to expand our offerings whether that’s adding beer, wine and spirits in Manhattan starting today or continuing to increase the number of local stores and restaurants in the service,” said Stephenie Landry, worldwide director of Prime Now.
Online sales exceeded 1 billion euros for the first time in the year ended in August, accounting for about 3% of total sales, CEO Peter Agnefjaell said in an interview Thursday. He expects that number to rise to 10% of sales by 2020, by which time the retailer will have expanded web sales to all its markets. Ikea’s business model is less suited to online selling than for many retailers, as it has mostly relied on shoppers driving to its out-of-town outlets, collecting purchases themselves from warehouses, and spending time transforming flat-packs into bookshelves and beds.
The final tally for the November holidays is in. Adobe Digital reported that Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday online spending at American ecommerce sites reached $11 billion, a 15 percent increase from 2014. Consumers outside of the United States contributed a small but growing percentage of sales, especially on Black Friday. While international sales comprise less than 1 percent of total holiday sales by U.S. companies, cross border interest is growing.