Around the Ecommerce world in 5 mins!

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.

eBay Runs Promotion to Attract New Consumer Sellers

eBay kicked off a promotion targeted at people new to selling on its marketplace. “Buyers love hunting for treasures like yours,” eBay states on the landing page. “You’ll love the extra cash and the opportunities you create from selling! Plus, you can even sell the first three items you list for FREE.” With the promotion, invited sellers can list up to three auction or fixed-price listings and pay no insertion fees and no final value fees – but only for those first three listings. One-day and 3-day listing durations are excluded, and the promotion is in addition to the free listings per month as part of the everyday rate plan.

Target Cracks Down on Resellers

All retailers buy inventory to resell, but stores like Target don’t take kindly to being treated as a source of product for online sellers – or resellers, as they’re called. This week, images of internal documents showed up online indicating Target is cracking down on resellers, which cost Target $13 million last year, it claims. Target banned resellers last year as part of a crackdown on merchants who engage in what’s called “retail arbitrage” (RA) – buying products on sale from stores like Target and Kohls using coupons and loyalty points and then selling the products themselves on Amazon and eBay.

Etsy Changes Show a Focus on Values and Global Growth

A face familiar to many Etsy sellers is taking on a new role – Heather Jassy, who currently serves as head of Members & Community and hosts Etsy Fireside Chats on YouTube, is taking on the newly-created role of Senior Vice President of Values-Aligned Business. Etsy also announced that Linda Kozlowski will join Etsy as Chief Operating Officer, effective May 16, 2016, an indication of Etsy’s growing focus on international growth. She was previously COO and VP of Worldwide Operations at Evernote and, earlier, held senior-level positions at Alibaba.

German e-retailer Zalando increases Q1 sales by 24%

Sales for German online apparel retailer Zalando SE rose 23.7% in the first quarter of 2016 to 796.1 million euros (US$907.6 million) from 643.6 million euros ($733.7 million) in the year-ago quarter. Zalando, No. 8 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Europe 500, in Q1 further expanded its partner program, which lets selected brands directly sell on the Zalando platform, and has more than 150 partners, including brands like Adidas and Superdry, the company said Thursday. The e-retailer acquired e-commerce software provider Tradebyte Software GmbH this month.

Amazon Handmade Adds New Categories

Amazon is calling its new Handmade marketplace a success and is adding new categories, it announced on Thursday. The company also told EcommerceBytes it’s possible it may extend the waiver on subscription fees for artisan sellers. Steve Johnson, Director for Handmade at Amazon, said, “The most frequent piece of feedback we receive from customers and artisans is they want even more categories of handcrafted items.”

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