Marketplaces

Critics Leaving Bad Amazon Reviews on Ivanka Trump Products
December 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

Critics of President-elect Donald Trump and his oldest daughter Ivanka are letting their voices be heard — on Amazon.com. These critics are leaving bad product reviews on Ivanka’s fashion and beauty products. One review on a pair of boots reads, “These boots were perfect for wiping my feet on the Constitution and trampling the civil…

Alibaba Back on Counterfeit Goods Watch List
December 22, 2016 at 10:01 am

The U.S. Trade Representatives' annual list of global marketplaces known for counterfeit and pirated goods was released this week, and Alibaba Holdings Ltd. is back on it. The list specifically mentions Alibaba's flea market-like Taobao shopping platform, which had not made the list in years, citing rights holders’ complaints regarding obstacles to removing counterfeit items…

Welcome to the ‘Shopocalypse’: 4 Prophecies of Retail Doom
December 15, 2016 at 10:33 am

Will ambitious Amazon.com change the way we buy everything? The online retailer wants to sell us everything we buy and consume, and I do mean everything. From movies we watch to groceries we eat, Amazon will soon sell cars we drive (or drive us), too. For traditional retailers, Amazon is more than a 600-pound gorilla…

Amazon Denies Claims of Opening 2,000 New Stores
December 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

Less than a week after The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon.com plans to open "more than 2,000 brick-and-mortar grocery stores under its name," a company spokesperson denied the claim. "It's absolutely not correct," Amazon spokeswoman Pia Arthur said in an emailed statement to CNET Magazine. "We have no plans to open 2,000 of anything.…

Amazon, Google and the Battle for Marketplace Dominance
December 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Freed from the shackles of traditional in-store retail, online retailers have a unique ability to develop new models that revolutionize the industry. There's no better proof than the power of the e-commerce store to offer an endless shelf. And, as Amazon.com has proven, the most effective, fastest and least risky way to build out this…

Amazon Trends for the Holiday Season
November 22, 2016 at 9:46 am

Shoppers looking for a discounted Amazon Prime membership were able to snag one last week for $79 (about 20 percent off) for one-day only. According to an article on Fortune, shoppers were able to take advantage of this offer from Nov. 18 at 12:00 a.m. ET until 11:59 p.m. PT. The limited-time Prime deal was…

Crate and Barrel Launches E-Commerce Marketplace
November 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

Home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel announced today the launch of its Exclusive Marketplace, a curated marketplace offering consumers a broader selection of products based on Crate and Barrel's merchandising expertise. Available via the company's e-commerce site, the marketplace now offers customers an extended aisle of unique products, such as kitchen tools and other small…

eBay Takes Steps to Improve the Seller Experience
November 14, 2016 at 10:52 am

In episode 61 of Total Retail Talks, Bob Kupbens, vice president, B-to-C and seller experience, head of global trust, eBay, discusses how the online marketplace's partnership with Sellbrite will enable a better experience for merchants selling on the platform. In addition, Kupbens talks about the future of online marketplaces and how eBay is positioning itself…

Alibaba Heading Towards Singles Day Sales Record
November 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

Update 12:25 p.m. ET: Alibaba broke its Singles Day sales record shortly before 8 p.m. in China, easily topping last year’s total with about four hours left to run. Happy Singles Day! E-commerce giant Alibaba is on track to smash its annual sales record for its shopping “holiday.” Consumers started off the day with a bang,…

Alibaba Aims to Beat Singles Day Expectations
November 10, 2016 at 10:29 am

Singles Day, the world’ biggest shopping day, is underway (at least in China, where it's already Nov. 11). Last year, Alibaba reported that $13.5 billion exchanged hands on its platform on Singles Day, and it expects to beat that amount this year. However, growth in new internet users is slowing in China, and experts say the…