The last week of January has arrived, and that means it's time for the second Volo eCommerce Round-up of 2017. This week's edition features plenty of big players from Trump to Alibaba & Amazon to eBay.
Let's get the biggest talking point right up in front. Trump's inauguration on Friday marked the start of what seems likely to be a very different four years in the United States and the world. Talking to various US ecommerce managers and experts, Internet Retailer ask what effect a Trump presidency will have on ecommerce. From online sales tax in various states to 45% tariffs on Chinese goods, there’s a lot to get through.
Amazon says the number of Amazon sellers worldwide using FBA grew more than 70% in 2016.
In addition to adding 100,000 workers in the next 18 months, Amazon are opening 3 new fulfilment centres (both figures apply to the US). The expansion is simply to keep up with the demand generated by the success of the Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) program.
It’s a little way off just yet, but Amazon might well be considering using driverless vehicles to help streamline their huge logistics network. Who needs drones?
They’re a familiar name to many in ecommerce, and incredibly popular in China. But Alibaba’s brand might not be so familiar to many in the West. To help change that, they have dived in at the deepest of deep ends by purchasing the rights to use the Olympic rings alongside their branding until 2028.
Shoppers spent more online in November than in December, the ONS suggests. The more heavily online and increasingly lengthy nature of Black Friday, versus the more traditional in-store Christmas shopping approach, might account for this difference. Either way, preparation for this peak season in advance has never been so crucial.
An email sent to Shopify users letting them know that their Twitter sales channel was going to be removed was the giveaway that Twitter’s ecommerce functionality was finally dead. (For now, anyway.)
A South African start-up are delivering based on phone GPS locations instead of formal addresses, in a nation where address data is frequently hard to come by or inaccurate. It might have practical application in other scenarios too; for example enabling address forms to be replaced with a “use current location” button.