The Web Retailer News Digest for June 11th, 2021

Online marketplaces lobbied hard against the Inform Consumers Act, designed to protect consumers from fake and unsafe products. Now it has been dropped.

By Andy Geldman


Online Marketplaces in the USA: Amazon is Not The Only Show in Town

Amazon is the leading online marketplace in the US, but eBay remains strong, Walmart.com is growing and niche players are thriving.

By Andy Geldman


Online Marketplaces in China: The Land of The Giants

Online retail sales in China make up a third of total global ecommerce, but just three companies make up 89% of the total Chinese ecommerce market.

By Andy Geldman


Online Marketplaces in Japan: Amazon, Rakuten… And The Rest

Ecommerce in Japan is led by two brands: Amazon and Rakuten. Four other marketplaces are popular, but they lag far behind the leaders.

By Andy Geldman


The Web Retailer News Digest for May 28th, 2021

US authorities have made a lot of noise over the last few years about Amazon abusing its market position, but no real action has been taken. Until now.

By Andy Geldman


The Web Retailer News Digest for May 14th, 2021

A data leak exposed over 13 million messages in which Amazon sellers solicit fake reviews. Soon after, several very large Chinese sellers were suspended.

By Andy Geldman


The Web Retailer News Digest for May 7th, 2021

Etsy has been found selling ivory, weapons, miracle cures and porn. Plus early Prime Day rumors are confirmed and an eBay sneaker sniffer speaks out.

By Andy Geldman


The Web Retailer News Digest for April 30th, 2021

The world’s #1 seller on eBay and #3 on Amazon has been floated on the London Stock Exchange. Almost everything they sell is second-hand.

By Andy Geldman


The Web Retailer News Digest for April 23rd, 2021

Over the last 12 months, companies that specialize in acquiring Amazon FBA brands have raised $3.5 billion in capital. Half of that went to just one company.

By Andy Geldman


The Web Retailer News Digest for April 9th, 2021

A new umbrella organization of small business groups is campaigning for the separation of Amazon’s own retail business from its third-party marketplace.

By Andy Geldman


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