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.
Five weeks after the USPS instituted new rates for shipping services, Amazon raised the rates its sellers pay when printing Priority Mail shipping labels on its marketplace. The move, which came with no warning, impacts merchant-fulfilled items, since sellers don’t print postage for FBA orders. Last month EcommerceBytes noted that Amazon announced it was keeping 2015 rates in place for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express postage despite the January 17th postal rate increase from the USPS.
uction site Proxibid reported double-digit growth in online sales in 2015 and a nearly 50% increase in Merchandise Value (GMV) compared to 2014. The company attributes the strong growth in part to a partnership with eBay. “Company growth was fueled by a key partnership announcement with eBay and a capital infusion, which has allowed Proxibid to innovate at an even faster pace,” Proxibid spokesperson Dana Kaufman said. Last year, Proxibid announced an agreement to integrate item listings in the heavy construction equipment and industrial machinery categories directly into the eBay marketplace. The technology went live in November.
In the retailing business, it’s fairly common knowledge that China is home to the world’s most prolific online shoppers. Last year almost 419 million mainlanders made purchases via the Web, more than any other country, and they spent more online than consumers elsewhere by a wide margin ($672 billion, nearly twice U.S. online spending in 2015). If these facts suggest to you that e-commerce in China has matured and growth is running out of steam as the country’s economy slows, think again. China retail consumption in general continues to increase briskly and online shopping in particular continues to boom.
Amazon is strutting its stuff not only on the fashion runways, but on airport runways as well. Southwest Airlines will let passengers make in-flight entertainment purchases through Pay with Amazon, according to TechFlash. “Rather than pulling out a credit card, passengers accessing the onboard entertainment portal now can purchase WiFi, messaging and movies using Pay with Amazon. When asked for payment, passengers who select the Pay with Amazon option will be directed to log in with their Amazon account information.”
PAY.ON, an ACI Worldwide company and global partner for white label payment technology, and Planet Payment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLPM), a leading provider of international and multi-currency payment processing services, today announced the support of UnionPay eCommerce Payments through PAY.ON’s gateway. Planet Payment is the leading China UnionPay acquirer within PAY.ON’s global payment network.