Southeast Asia is a fast-growing market for ecommerce, but Amazon and other western companies are notably absent. Local marketplaces lead the way.
Amazon is not known for giving money back to its sellers, but the new Brand Referral Bonus program pays 10% of sales generated from off-Amazon traffic.
The pandemic has caused ecommerce to boom, but return scams have grown even faster. Shoppers can even hire someone to get refunds for them.
Mercado Libre has been at the forefront of ecommerce in Latin America for twenty years. Amazon and three large ecommerce groups lag behind.
Facebook announces a range of new ecommerce features, including the ability to set up one store that works across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Behind Amazon and eBay, Europe has dozens of online marketplaces. But despite the economic unity, country and language divisions remain stark.
Amazon seems to be under attack from all sides. This time, a new bill with wide support could force it to sell its entire logistics operation including FBA.
Ecommerce is taking hold in Africa, as internet access expands, trust grows and logistics modernize. No market has more room to grow than Africa.
Australia and New Zealand are attractive markets for international sellers, but these are two countries where Amazon does not dominate ecommerce.
Online marketplaces lobbied hard against the Inform Consumers Act, designed to protect consumers from fake and unsafe products. Now it has been dropped.