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Whenever you ask someone what comes up in his mind on hearing the word ‘ecommerce’, there’s a big chance he’ll come up with eBay or Amazon. And can you blame him? These marketplaces are amongst the biggest and most succesful ecommerce players in the world. Marketplaces are very popular among consumers as they often offer a very wide range of merchandise, all on one site.

Only half of Amazon Germany’s retailers are German

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Slightly more than half of active traders on Amazon’s German marketplace actually come from Germany. In absolute figures, it concerns about 27,000 German retailers. For comparison: on eBay Germany, there are about 122,000 German suppliers active. One in five retailers who sell via Amazon come from the United Kingdom and more than 9 percent comes from Asia. Continue reading

‘Running an online marketplace from Europe: not a good idea’

'Running an online marketplace from Europe: not a good idea'

Running an online marketplace from somewhere in Europe used to be very complex, with all the different tax rules. But since the beginning of last year each company that sells digital goods is forced to collect VAT based on the country of residence of each buyer. This didn’t make it easier. A European startup explains why. Continue reading

Ukraine’s PrivatBank launches marketplace PrivatMarket

PrivatBank launches PrivatMarket

PrivatBank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine, has launched its own online marketplace, called PrivatMarket. Buyers and suppliers come together on this platform that was been in the works for quite some time. PrivatMarket is aimed both at private and business clients from the Ukrainian bank. Continue reading

UK online retailer sells dubious refugee costumes

Refugee costumes

The British company Fancy Me has received many complaints after one of their costumes went viral. The UK online retailer sells ‘wartime refugee’ costumes and many customers are now furious. The outfits are said to be insensitive in the light of the ongoing migration crisis in Europe. Continue reading

Mirakl launches its B2B marketplace solution

Mirakl Marketplace

Marketplace solutions provider Mirakl, has launched its business-to-business solution. The French company developed Mirakl Marketplace B2B to help distributors and manufacturers create their own online marketplaces. Continue reading

Mango arrives on Amazon in Europe

Mango on Amazon in Europe

Spanish fashion brand Mango is collaborating with Amazon Europe. It opened a private online store on the popular marketplace. Or actually, it opened several online stores as the assortment is country-specific. In the UK for example, customers can buy all products, while in Germany and France only the men’s, kid’s and Violeta by Mango lines are offered. Continue reading

Etsy sellers disagree with increased importance seller location

Etsy

Etsy has been testing an updated search ranking so locally-made items for buyers in the United Kingdom and Australia are shown more prominent. The goal is to create a better local shopping experience. That may be the case for shoppers browsing Etsy, but its sellers aren’t too happy about it. Continue reading

Swisscom and Coop to build online marketplace Siroop

Online marketplace Siroop.ch

Swisscom and Coop are allowed to build their joint online marketplace Siroop. The two companies want to defy the American ecommerce giant Amazon in Switzerland by launching their own ecommerce platform. The Swiss competition authority has now greenlighted the project. Continue reading

Pilot project ‘Monchengladbach on eBay’ launched

Monchengladbach on eBay

eBay has started a pilot project in Germany, which should give a boost to local commerce. The pilot project called “Monchengladbach on eBay” is intended to allow retailers to offer their goods alongside the existing distribution channels on eBay. Continue reading