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.

Is Amazon about to take over the pharmacy industry?

Goldman Sachs released a 30-page report in August outlining how Amazon could enter the market. CNBC, which reviewed the report, said it suggested Amazon could either first partner with third-party administrators of prescription drugs, or immediately build its own online pharmacy.

eBay Forms Partnership with Mall for Africa to Bring Handmade Goods to U.S.

eBay and Mall for Africa, Africa’s global eCommerce platform, announced a strategic partnership this week. This partnership will boost the sale of handmade African products into the United States. This deal further expands on an existing relationship between the two companies, which allows Africans to purchase items from or directly through the Mall for Africa app.

Facebook Expands Marketplace Into 17 New European Markets

Facebook, the social media giant, is pushing further into the world of eCommerce, by expanding its Marketplace service, which connects local buyers and sellers, in the EU. According to a news report in Reuters, Facebook said it would expand the shopping service into 17 new markets in Europe.

Walmart will sell on Google Express and target voice-based shoppers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Google are teaming up to put themselves in a better position to take on Inc. Google will work with Walmart to sell more products via its Google Home voice-activated devices and then deliver those orders using the Google Express shopping and delivery service.

Don’t try to give buyers your contact details in eBay Messages

We’re hearing an increasing number of eBay sellers getting hit with violations for directing buyers to their contact details in listings. As you should be aware of by now, eBay are going to insist that your contact details are removed from listing templates in the Autumn and also hide your Business Seller Information a couple of clicks from listings.

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