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.
Issues with the fit of clothing are among the top reasons customers return clothes and footwear bought online, and it’s a costly problem for retailers. A 2015 report by IHL, a retail research firm, estimated that retailers worldwide lose billions each year from returns due to wrong sizing. As Amazon grows into the largest clothing retailer in the US, the number of returns it needs to handle will only increase. But the Seattle-based company appears to be working on a system to make sure customers get the right size the first time.
A Florida company has sued over 150 companies over the ability to click a link and track packages during shipping, according to Bloomberg BNA. Shipping and Transit LLC owns patents related to monitoring vehicles’ movement and has filed infringement lawsuits against the likes of Edible Arrangements, Wayfair, and Shutterfly. Bloomberg noted that Amazon and Newegg were absent from the list of alleged infringers, and noted, “Newegg is renowned for fighting these kinds of lawsuits.”
eBay has announced developments to its inventory supply service eBay Business Supply today. Think of it as a wholesale or supplier service for businesses. eBay Business Supply means you can buy goods from other other businesses. Key categories include Electrical & Test Equipment; MRO & Industrial Supply; Healthcare, Lab & Life Science; Manufacturing & Metalworking; Restaurant & Catering; and Heavy Equipment. Right now, the service available in the USA and we have no details or info on whether it might be heading to the UK and Europe.
Most of the non-food items we buy in the UK and the US come from China and it is particularly true for tech, mobile and electronics. The advent of online marketplaces like eBay, Amazon and Aliexpress has made it far easier for Chinese companies to find a voice in the global bazaar and with it the potential for a worldwide stream of customers.
International logistics giant DHL has announced plans to tap the burgeoning B2C ecommerce space in India, on the back of a multi-pronged strategy — developing low-cost solutions, a customer-centric first- and last-mile connectivity, geographical reach, and on-time delivery. Talking to DH, DHL eCommerce Chief Executive Officer Charles Brewer said, “We intend to become the provider of choice for the ecommerce sector in India. We already have a domestic delivery company, Blue Dart, and over the coming months, we intend to build market-leading solutions for the B2C ecommerce sector.”