Eight ecommerce trends to keep an eye on

Apple will become an ad player. Malls will primarily be for logistics. Retailers will depend less on 3rd-party retailers. And more.

Trung T. Phan • February 24, 2022

YouTube is going all-in on livestream ecommerce

Facing pressure from Apple’s privacy policy and Amazon’s retail dominance, Alphabet is making a push into ecommerce with YouTube “shoppable videos.”

Trung T. Phan • November 16, 2021

Bolt: The $6B ‘1-Click’ checkout startup taking on Amazon

Amazon invented the “1-Click” checkout in 1999. Now, Bolt is making it available to non-Amazon competitors.

Trung T. Phan • October 18, 2021

Depop helps teens make bank by selling old shirts. Here’s how.

Gen Z teens are taking their talents to Depop and making big money flipping vintage items.

Rob Litterst • August 4, 2021

OpenStore is rolling up the rebels

Keith Rabois is back with OpenStore, a Shopify roll-up that just raised $30m at a $250m valuation.

Rob Litterst • July 20, 2021

Is c-commerce the key to ecommerce?

Conversational commerce, which brings chat to the shopping experience, could be worth $142B in retail by 2024.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 14, 2021

Suck it, lemonade stands. Mighty is here to make kids ecommerce CEOs.

Mighty is what you get when you crossbreed lemonade stands with Shopify.

Jacob Cohen • July 12, 2021

Amazon built a giant 3rd-party ecommerce business. Now others want in.

Older retailers like Express, J.Crew, and Urban Outfitters want to copy Amazon’s 3rd-party marketplace model.

Kolby Hatch • June 18, 2021

Squarespace just went public. It all started in a dorm in 2003

Squarespace started in 2003 in a University of Maryland dorm. Here’s a timeline of its path to success.

Jacob Cohen • May 21, 2021

PayPal goes ‘post-purchase’ with Happy Returns acquisition

Items purchased online are 3-4x more likely to be returned. For PayPal -- which provides services across the retail journey -- this acquisition makes a ton of sense.

Kolby Hatch • May 19, 2021

Ecommerce platform Vinted is minted

Vinted, the platform for buying and selling used goods, just raised $303m

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 14, 2021

Etsy is doing really well. It’s also selling some truly weird stuff

An investigation found miracle cures and medieval weaponry are selling on Etsy. The company is working hard to change that.

Jacob Cohen • May 4, 2021

After parting ways with PayPal, eBay is making a payments comeback

eBay used to rely on PayPal. Now, its in-house payments platform is growing more popular.

Jacob Cohen • April 6, 2021

Snap’s latest story: An acquisition to power up its ecommerce apparatus

Snapchat sees commerce as the future of its business. It’s taking a major step toward that future by buying Fit Analytics.

Jacob Cohen • March 22, 2021

For the next big ecommerce trend, look down and east

Livestreamed ecommerce is taking China by storm. Here’s how.

Jacob Cohen • February 16, 2021

Wine recommendation app Vivino raises $155m, with hints of a marketplace to come

With 67m reviews and 13m wines in its recommendations database, Vivino wants to build out its wine marketplace.

Trung T. Phan • February 4, 2021

The pandemic is ushering in a new wave of office and warehouse robots. Will the trend continue?

The pandemic has ushered in a new era of automation that’s here to stay.

Trung T. Phan • January 20, 2021

Marc Lore, the David to Amazon’s Goliath, will step down as Walmart’s e-commerce chief

Marc Lore has been taking Amazon on for decades, from Diapers.com to Jet.com to Walmart.

Trung T. Phan • January 18, 2021

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