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A major update of eBay selling management tool SixBit includes inventory management improvements and its own API for integrating the software with other services.
Enhancements in SixBit 2.0 include:
- Faster entry, batch editing and more import options.
- Inline grid editing of items, inventory, orders, shipments, sales, suppliers and buyers.
- Improved picture editor with text drawing, annotations, and corner rounding.
- Custom fields that can be included in grids, reports, packing lists, description wrappers and email templates.
- Additional picture storage options to reduce database size.
- Batch editing of orders, shipments and sales to quickly update multiple shipment services or tracking numbers.
- CSV and XML import/export of orders, shipment, sales, suppliers, buyers and compatibility sets.
- Introduction of the SixBit API with Drop Folder processing to more tightly integrate SixBit with existing processes.
Source: SixBit Software
Cloud-based ecommerce platform Shopify has launched a directory of add-on apps for its iPad POS (point-of-sale) solution.
"I'm excited for the thousands of small businesses that can't justify spending $10K on a custom POS system," says Jay Myers, co-founder of Bold Apps and one of the first to develop an app for Shopify POS. "Sometimes just needing a small, extra feature means you'll need to pay for a very expensive system."
Sales Manager by Bold Apps allows the creation of promotions including "buy one, get one free", free gifts, and timed discounts.
Apps for Shopify POS are available in the Shopify App Store.
UK marketplace management tool Veeqo has announced it will be launching in the US this year.
Veeqo Founder Matt Warren
Veeqo has been establishing a presence in the US over the last few months, and has hired a "customer success" coordinator and launched an integration with the US Postal Service.
Matt Warren, Founder and CEO of Veeqo, said: "We already have a great deal of customers from all over the United States and due to that high demand we now are expanding the company into the US and will be providing US sales and support on EST time zone. I am really excited about expanding into the US and looking forward to welcoming lots of new customers."
Multichannel management tool Ecomdash has introduced a new price plan costing $25 per month for up to 100 orders per month.
All integrations and functionality are included in the new price tier, as well as support by phone, live chat and email. The previous entry price was the "Starter Kit" plan at $49.99 per month for up to 500 orders.
Ecomdash will soon be announcing complete a pricing overhaul with greater flexibility between tiers, and more gradual price fluctuations month-to-month based on number of sales orders.
"We believe all small and mid-sized ecommerce businesses should have access to affordable, comprehensive multichannel integration software," said Nick Maglosky, chief executive officer of ecomdash. "Our new pricing structure enables even the very smallest businesses to efficiently manage their ecommerce supply chain and quickly scale operations."
Open source shopping cart PrestaShop has improved its "Advanced EU Compliance" module in its latest release.
The module has 15 new options to achieve better legal compliance with the EU's complex regulations for online merchants with international stores.
Other enhancements in PrestaShop v220.127.116.11 include performance optimizations, refined tax and price calculations and cosmetic improvements to the admin module.
Ecommerce feed management tool Lengow celebrates its 6th anniversary this month.
Lengow now has nearly 100 employees and expects to have more than 130 by late 2015, working at offices in Paris and Nantes, France.
The company has 3,500 ecommerce stores using its software, and supports 1,800 marketing channels. It is available in 45 countries.
US Sales Tax calculation and filing tool TaxJar has increased its prices, approximately doubling the cost to reflect its new functionality.
Many features have been added to TaxJar since the original pricing was set, including bookkeeping checks and balances, shopping cart integrations and automatic filing.
The new prices will apply from July 1, 2015 for all new customers, and from January 1st, 2016 (at the earliest) for existing TaxJar customers. Annual subscriptions attract a 10% discount.
French ecommerce platform PrestaShop has appointed LeGuide.com executive Corinne Lejbowicz as its new CEO.
Ms. Lejbowicz is a veteran in the internet and ecommerce space, and is now tasked with strengthening PrestaShop's leadership position within the market, escalating growth and expanding international development.
In 1989, Ms. Lejbowicz began her career in the digital sector and has held notable positions including Director of New Projects and Innovation at AOL and Vivendi. As CEO of the shopping engine LeGuide.com, Ms. Lejbowicz actively contributed to the company's growth, which surged from 3.9 million Euros in annual sales in 2005 to 44 million Euros in 2012. She also led LeGuide.com through its IPO in 2006 and the acquisition of two companies in Europe.
"This year PrestaShop will cross the one-million member threshold and our growth goals are more ambitious than ever. We are excited that Corinne has joined and are confident that she will take PrestaShop to the highest level," said PrestaShop's founder, Bruno Leveque. "Her strategic expertise and thorough knowledge of ecommerce will be key assets for PrestaShop to expand its growth and cement its positioning in the four corners of the earth."
Sellbrite merchants can now publish products to their Shopify store, using the same "Create Listings" process used for marketplace channels.
eBay sellers can now bulk relist up to 100 ended listings at a time.
"We're excited to have launched this improved integration with Shopify," said Brian Nolan, Co-Founder and CEO of Sellbrite. "A lot of Shopify merchants trust Sellbrite with their multichannel business, and now we can help them build and manage their store faster than ever."
Another new feature is the ability to clone listings to make modifications, such as creating an auction-format eBay listing in addition to a fixed-price offer. Listings can also be cloned to a separate account on the same marketplace, such as a second eBay account.
Ecommerce ERP solution Skubana has added a number of new features including a reordering module and support for Amazon's European marketplaces.
Skubana's new Purchase Order module handles purchase orders from creation to close, and the automated reorder rules take sales velocity, growth forecasts and lead times into account.
Other new features include:
- Alerts for mergeable orders, warnings, or errors.
- New channel integration with Amazon Germany, France, Spain and Italy including FBA orders and inventory.
- An overview of the inventory dollar value in each warehouse including FBA inventory.
- New pricing including lower FBA pricing and a minimum monthly charge of $99.
Cloud-based ecommerce platform Bigcommerce has appointed former PayPal and HomeAway exec Brent Bellm as its new CEO.
Bellm succeeds current CEO and Bigcommerce co-founder Eddie Machaalani, who will remain with the company as executive chairman of the board.
Bellm joins Bigcommerce from HomeAway, where he served as president and chief operating officer. Over the course of five years, from 2010-2015, Brent successfully guided HomeAway through its IPO and a period of rapid, profitable growth where the company tripled its quarterly revenues. Previously, he spent more than seven years in a variety of executive leadership positions at PayPal. As vice president and CEO of PayPal Europe, from 2005-2009, Bellm tripled quarterly revenues while introducing PayPal's merchant services and financial products to new geographies.
"In just six years, Bigcommerce has grown from a small, relatively unknown company to a recognized leader and disrupting force in commerce," said Brent Bellm, Bigcommerce CEO. "I have been serving offline and online retailers, with a focus on small- and mid-sized ones, for 20 years. Bigcommerce is the right platform at the right time and place to power these merchants and drive business results."
Ecommerce platform PrestaShop has announced a $1M fund for developers building country or region-specific PrestaShop modules.
PrestaShop hopes to build a catalog of local modules so that every merchant worldwide has access to the features necessary to run a successful online store in their country, such as payment, shipping, marketplace and administrative modules.
Approved development projects receive funding to cover their development costs, which PrestaShop recoup through higher commissions on sales of the module through the PrestaShop Addons Marketplace.
"I first developed a shipping solution for my uncle's e-shop that I now sell on Addons Marketplace. I ended up selling it almost 2,000 times", said Emmanuel M, Addons contributor.
Ecommerce software company nChannel has launched a new Product Information Management tool.
"Amazon has set the standard for the online shopping experience," said Steve Weber, CEO of nChannel. "Shoppers today expect to be able to search and find products based on very specific product details, which is why merchants must manage and present richer product detail in all of their online channels. In-depth product information serves as the GPS for a customer's shopping experience, and also helps merchants offer larger product assortments and ensure consistency across multiple sales channels."
nChannel's Product Information Management (PIM) application takes a unique approach to managing product information and listings, by importing product data from multiple sources and suppliers into a single catalog. nChannel gives merchants the tools to bulk update, merchandize, and categorize the products in their system. nChannel can then publish those products to a number of sales channels.
nChannel subscribers have increased by 71 percent year over year, and its recurring subscription-based revenue is up 58 percent since last year.
Marketplace management solution Stitch has added new features including an historical stock report, and low-stock email notifications.
Stitch's new Historical Stock Report shows the stock level and value of a merchant's products as they were on any date, as well as important financial information including COGS. Low Stock Email Digests are designed to provide visibility into inventory being critically low without logging into Stitch.
Another new feature is the ability to associate suppliers with products they sell, to streamline the purchasing process and create purchase orders for low stock items with a single click. A new CSV upload allows the association process to be done in bulk.
Stitch has also introduced a quick stock reconciliation area, bulk product tagging, improved live chat support, streamlined integrations, and performance improvements.
Source: Stitch Labs
Seller Labs' co-founder Paul Johnson talks about how the business got started, the story behind each of their tools, and what they're working on right now.
Source: Web Retailer Blog
Multichannel ecommerce management tool MerchantAdvantage has launched a small business "Lite" edition.
Pricing for the Lite plan is a flat fee of $295 per month, with no set-up fees and email-based support. Up to 2,000 SKUs and 3 sales channels are supported.
The Pro plan is $695 per month plus usage fees, with a 12-month contract and phone support. Unlimited SKUs and channels are supported, and advanced reporting tools are provided.
Monsoon Stone Edge is now called Monsoon OMS, and multichannel management solution Monsoon Pro is now Monsoon Marketplace. Stone Edge was originally named after its founder Barney Stone, whose company Monsoon acquired in 2011.
Writing in the Monsoon blog, Senior Marketing Manager Dorothy Davis said, "We have transformed our business model by aligning our products and services to create a powerful suite unrivaled in the eCommerce landscape, which leads us to our current brand initiative. We needed to make a few changes to our brand that help better reflect this transformation, and that reflect who Monsoon Commerce is today and aims to be going forward."
"While the end result may appear simple – in the end, we didn't reinvent the wheel with these product names (though we definitely considered it!) – we feel that these changes clearly and effectively set the stage for our expanding suite of products and services and reflect our progressive vision for the future, while also communicating that we are deeply rooted in our core identity." explained Davis.
Source: Monsoon Commerce
Multichannel management solution plentymarkets Cloud has released a number of new features in recent months.
eBay's out-of-stock option feature is now supported by plentymarkets. Out of Stock Control makes it possible for items that are sold out to remain visible on the site. When the item is back in stock the listing keeps its sales history and listing ID, and any advantages it has in search ranking.
plentymarkets users can now create their own personal customer support ticket templates. Although templates were introduced some time ago users could not create them without admin rights.
plentymarkets now has support for the marketplace Fruugo. Fruugo specializes in cross-border trade, with a prescence in 23 countries including many in EU countries, as well as Russia, Australia, the USA and South Africa. Fruugo includes automatic translation of descriptions, currency conversion, payment protection and VAT support.
Finally, plentymarkets has updated its connector to ecommerce solution Shopware. The integration makes it possible to transfer item data in multiple languages, and import bank details with orders. The connector itself is an OpenSource project licensed under the GPL and available on GitHub.
Cloud-based ecommerce platform Bigcommerce has released a big business-friendly "Enterprise" version of its solution.
Bigcommerce Enterprise features advanced security, real-time analytics and enterprise-grade integrations. The platform was rolled out to selected clients last year and is now generally available. Existing users include Samsung, Gibson, Marvel, Schwinn and Ubisoft.
"The technical barriers to selling online have been significantly reduced, and brands are questioning the notion that growth means complexity," said Eddie Machaalani, co-founder and CEO, Bigcommerce. "Our enterprise platform delivers the functionality and scalability merchants need to compete in the big leagues, while avoiding the waste associated with managing an overly-complex, on-premise or proprietary solution."
ChannelAdvisor founder Scot Wingo has resigned as the company's CEO, after 13 years leading the company.
Former Chief Operating Officer and company president David Spitz has taken up the role of CEO, while Wingo stays on as executive chairman.
"I look forward to remaining closely involved in driving ChannelAdvisor's role in the complex e-commerce industry both internally and externally, and making further contributions to our products and strategy in my new role," said Wingo in a statement. "I am excited about David's appointment as CEO. I believe David is a strong, dynamic leader, with the drive to lead our organization forward, helping us create long-term value for our customers, employees and shareholders."
ChannelAdvisor recently reported $22.6 million in first quarter 2015 revenue, up 17 percent compared to the same period last year. The company made a loss of $4.2 million in the quarter but its stock price, which has suffered since it's IPO in 2013, rose nearly 6 percent on the news of Spitz's appointment.
Source: Triangle Business Journal
Inventory and marketplace management solution Linnworks has a new online store for sellers to buy compatible hardware.
The hardware on offer has been tested with Linnworks and certified as compatible. It includes ePOS systems, barcode scanners, thermal printers and pack bench systems.
Over 4,000 companies use Linnworks around the world.
Source: Linn Systems
ChannelAdvisor's long-running eBay selling tool MarketplaceAdvisor will be shut down from July 2015.
In a statement on the MarketplaceAdvisor website, ChannelAdvisor said, "We continuously evaluate how and where we focus our internal resources to help you grow your business. Occasionally this means we must discontinue support for certain products or services. It is in this spirit that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue our Marketworks/MarketplaceAdvisor Standard product on September 14, 2015 in order to concentrate our efforts on other parts of our platform."
The shut down will start on July 15 when new listings and relisting will no longer be possible. Orders will not be imported after August 17 and access removed on September 14.
MarketplaceAdvisor was the result of ChannelAdvisor's acquisition of rival Marketworks in 2007. The service was retained as an eBay-only sales management service, alongside ChannelAdvisor's flagship Marketplaces software for multichannel sellers.
Paul also revealed that Volo's customers hold the records for both the highest sales by value, and the highest by order volume, in a single day on eBay, worldwide.
Source: Web Retailer Blog
Cloud-based ecommerce platform Shopify is to offer shares to the public in an Intial Public Offering (IPO).
Shopify, based in Ontario, Canada, will apply to list its shares on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols "SHOP" and "SH", respectively.
Shopify is used by over 160,000 businesses in 150 countries, including Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Google, Wikipedia, LA Lakers, GoldieBlox, and many more.
Ecommerce automation platform eCommHub has been rebranded as HubLogix.
"It's important that our brand identity reflect the larger vision, values, and direction that our company delivers today and in the future," announced Kevin McCarthy, CEO, HubLogix. "We're driven by the desire to ensure that each of our clients scale effectively while maximizing profits through back-end efficiency – by automating their processes today to cut costs and providing insight to intelligently scale their back-end for tomorrow. Amidst the rapid disintermediation of the worldwide supply chain, our clients should have the necessary tools and solutions needed to thrive."
HubLogix will continue to provide technology solutions to connect online retailers, storefronts, marketplaces, distributors, drop-shippers, warehouses, companies and related technologies to lower fulfillment costs and improve margins.
The company will also be expanding its Atlanta headquarters, doubling its space to house larger technology, integration, and account management teams. The growth coincides with an additional $3.5MM investment from its core investors, including Boston-based Sigma Prime Ventures, Atlanta-based Mosley Ventures, and strategic investor UPS.
"We are thrilled with our momentum entering 2015," added McCarthy. "All of today's announcements reflect our continued and focused commitment to helping our clients and partners realize measurable, scalable bottom line results through operational efficiency."
eCommHub was profiled in a Web Retailer blog post in December 2014.
Ecommerce software company Volo (formerly eSellerPro) has released a new educational section for customers, called "Flight School".
Flight School sits within the Volo Community Hub, and is available to all customers as part of Volo's service. It includes over 60 videos covering key areas of the system, step-by-step instructions, and a schedule for live online training sessions. "Flight Simulator" eLearning modules are highly interactive, featuring software simulations, quizzes and activities to help understand the processes and concepts.
Volo has also announced a new "Pilot Licence" certification programme. The Pilot Licence helps teams make the best use of Volo, reducing operational costs and growing marketplace sales. The programme consists of a series of core modules covering importing inventory, preparing products to list to eBay and Amazon, and using channel profiles to streamline the process.
Customers can train for the programme using a two-week course of online training sessions, or learn at their own pace using interactive eLearning modules. To pass the certification, they will need to complete a series of practice tasks.
Darren Edels, Head of Implementations and Training at Volo said, "Volo is so much more than just a software solution. Our training offering is just one of the great customer benefits that differentiate our service from others in the market".
Louise Harkin, Training Team Lead, added, "The Training Team at Volo is passionate about helping customers get the most from the Volo software and ensuring they are best equipped for success. We really want to help our customers' businesses fly".
Marketplace management tool SellerActive has an updated bulk upload feature.
The new File Upload removes the need to choose different templates depending on the target marketplace.
The three new templates are now Inventory, Orders, and Bundles. Each includes a coversheet providing instructions and explaining the required fields, along with an upload sheet to add, modify, and delete items.
Ecommerce inventory management system Veeqo has raised $1 million in new investment.
Veeqo, base in Swansea, Wales, was originally seeking $400,000 through the Seedrs crowd funding platform, but passed its target with Daniel McPherson (Launcha) and Tom Singh (New Look) finalising the round with £300,000.
Veeqo was launched in June 2014 by veteran ecommerce entrepreneur Matt Warren, who has 12 years experience running ecommerce companies with a combined turnover of £40m. Since launch the company has grown 25% month on month.
With the new funding, Veeqo aims to expand across the world, grow its customer base and release more features.
Order management technology provider Dydacomp is now known as Freestyle Solutions.
"We believe that it is important to brand ourselves consistently with the vision and direction that we are taking the company," announced Fred Lizza, CEO, Freestyle Solutions. "The majority of new sales growth for small and mid-size merchants now comes from eCommerce channels. Our customers seek the newest technologies with the power and flexibility to meet their unique business needs. By focusing on these areas, we're really giving our clients the keys to drive success."
Dydacomp has been providing innovative inventory, order, and customer management solutions for 25 years, including cloud-based system Freestyle Commerce and on-premises solution Multichannel Order Manager (M.O.M.).
Source: Freestyle Solutions
Ecommerce management tool Ecomdash has received a new investment of $1.2 million.
The new investment includes strategic partner Gemini Southern and a select group of angel investors. The capital raised will be used to implement an aggressive product development roadmap in 2015 including new channel integrations and further financial and back-office capabilities.
"The acceleration of ecommerce is creating demand for more advanced software-as-a-service offerings. As retailers look to scale, they need faster and more powerful tools to help them grow and compete," said Nick Maglosky, CEO of ecomdash. "Our data sync automation enables retailers to sell more products, in more places, while spending significantly less time and money. With this funding, we will continue to advance our technology to assist our multi-channel merchants in reaching further efficiencies and continued growth."
Ecommerce marketing software provider Lengow has announced its plans for 2015, and will continue to target high-growth markets, particularly in Asia.
Jérémie Peiro, Co-founder of Lengow, presenting at the Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference in Shanghai, China
Lengow is also planning to release a new version of their solution this year, with features which will enable the development of international campaigns and also analyse the purchasing behaviour of customers.
International ecommerce remains a priority, with continued development in high-growth markets, particularly Asia. To support this, Lengow plans to hire 35 new employees in 2015, primarily in sales, communication, and technical support.
"Lengow recently celebrated its 5th birthday and I am delighted with its progress. The company has continued to experience sustained growth and we are now entering a new stage of our development. If 2014 was the year of consolidation, 2015 will undoubtedly be the year for international development. This year should mark a turning point and the beginning of a new dynamic to make Lengow a key player on a global level by 2020." said Mickael Froger, Lengow's CEO.
Founded in 2009, Lengow provides a solution for retailers to distribute and manage their products on online channels including comparison shopping engines, marketplaces, affiliate platforms, sponsored links, retargeting ads and more - worldwide. Their solution is used by more than 3,500 online retailers in over 30 countries, and Lengow has integrations with over 1,800 distribution channels including eBay, Amazon and Google Shopping.
In 2014 Lengow signed nearly 500 new clients in the UK and abroad, including: Nisbets, Pepe Jeans, Baker Ross and STYLEPIT.
Multichannel management tool Seller Dynamics has released eight new videos to explain the software's key features.
Seller Dynamics' Managing Director, Alex Ogilvie, said "Following a range of additions to Seller Dynamics including VAT management and eBay dynamic repricing, we have released a series of videos to explain what Seller Dynamics does and the benefits that arise. The playlist of the videos gives a good view of all the key features without going into too much detail. That said Seller Dynamics is a big system and you'll need around 25 minutes to watch all the sections."
The videos can be watched here.
Source: Seller Dynamics
Ecommerce management solution eSellerPro has rebranded as Volo.
The new name, which is Italian for "flight", was chosen to reflect the company's belief that the ecommerce industry has parallels with the pioneering age of aviation – because both feature technology innovations creating possibilities that did not previously exist.
CEO Paul Watson said "People selling online are driven by an early passion that soon evolves into ambition to grow a successful business, Volo is designed to help them fulfil that ambition beyond that which they thought possible. Typically we see an online merchant double their revenue within two years of adopting our platform. This evolution of our brand reflects that growth and our ambition to build the world's most successful community of online, multi-channel sellers. We remain committed to our customers' success and our shared value model will not change. Our customers want to see their business fly. So do we."
Chris Farrelly, founder and CTO, Volo added: "eSellerPro has been the most comprehensive ecommerce platform for online entrepreneurs for quite some time. The next phase in our growth is about energising and fuelling our customers to transform their revenue growth. We have now reached the point where, in order to drive this success further upward and demonstrate that we can go far beyond just the technology, we need to rebrand and reposition ourselves."
eSellerPro was first launched in 2006 by Sandbourne Systems Ltd, a privately held UK company. It now processes more than 40m sales orders annually, and has customers including Superdry, Halfords, Homebase and Currys PCWorld.
Marketplace selling tool SellerVantage has been updated with a new dashboard design.
Items are summarized by marketplace with full status lists shown below, and quick action links have been moved to the main navigation at the top of the page.
Items being sold can be sorted by marketplace or status, and users can customize the data columns shown.
SellerVantage has also added "intake categories" to help group new inventory and drive item specific attributes in the listing preparation page.
Fulfillment outsourcing company Shipwire has released a new API for managing customer returns.
The API can be used to integrate Shipwire's customer returns system into ecommerce and customer support software. Features available include creating a new return linked to the original order, sending the customer a pre-paid shipping label, tracking return status, and reporting on returns in progress.
Multichannel ecommerce management tool Sellbrite has added a number of new features in its latest release.
The features include:
- Enhanced product catalog with filters for finding products by the sales channel they are listed on.
- Bulk updates function allowing live listings to be updated with new images, pricing and templates.
- Support for warehouse bin locations and batch printing of packing slips.
- A new inventory manager allowing easier viewing and management of quantities by product name, location, and more.
Marketplace and storefront management tool SureDone had added a new feature for administering multiple user accounts.
SureDone admin users can now create multiple standard user accounts for employees or virtual assistants. They will soon add the ability to customize the features that user accounts have access to.
PDF generation app eBay PDF Catalog has added features including ten new designs.
The new designs include an A4 template for printing, and an HD template for viewing on-screen. Each has five color variations to choose from. Other features include:
- Creating a catalog for each category separately.
- Sorting the catalog by listing time or price.
- Short URLs for social sharing.
- Saving old catalogs to a personal archive.
- Social icons and contact information on the back page.
eBay PDF Catalog remains free to use.
Marketplace management tool Sellbrite has updated its pricing, and now has a new Starter plan costing only $39 per month, or $29 per month if paying annually.
The new price plans are based on the number of SKUs (unique inventory items) in the seller's product catalog, and the number of channels they are selling on. The Starter plan includes 250 SKUs and 2 channels.
Graeme and Jacinta Grant of Etsy tools developer Blugrin have been featured in an interview for our regular Top Rated Supplier interview series.
They talk about how the business got started, what's changed over the years, how they support users and how they are different from other suppliers.
Source: Web Retailer
Marketplace management system Linnworks is ending support for their "Linnworks Local" Windows-based application, and will be launching a new web-based app called Linnworks.net in Summer 2015.
Linnworks will end support for the desktop-based Linnworks Local on January 31st, 2015. It will continue to work after that date, and will become free, but will not be updated to maintain support with marketplaces and couriers. Linnworks will help Local users move to Linnworks Anywhere, and is offering a 12 months discount to those making the switch.
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Linnworks has released recordings of presentations from the recent Linnworks Academy customer events, including what's hot in ecommerce, cross border trading, updates to the Linnworks rules engine and handling of variations, and a talk from Royal Mail.
French marketplace management software provider Neteven has released a new mobile-friendly website, and also a bi-lingual French and English support library.
The new Neteven website is available in French, English, Spanish, German and Italian, and is responsive to mobile devices. The support library guides retailers with information on marketplaces and Neteven's features.
In 2014 Neteven has added new marketplaces including eBay & Amazon US, Privalia in Spain & Italy, Zalando and Spartoo in the UK, Germany and Italy, and Galeries Lafayette in France. They have also integrated with MetaPack, Golden Feed, Genie & The Geek, Rakuten and Hybris.
Online store platform Bigcommerce has raised a new investment of $50 million.
The financing was led by SoftBank Capital, and included Telstra Ventures and American Express, as well as existing investors General Catalyst and Revolution Growth. The company will use the funds to invest in product development, aggressively grow sales and marketing, and expand its business to new markets.
"American Express is committed to helping small merchants, and our investment in Bigcommerce is one of the many ways we are working to equip these businesses with resources that can enable them to grow," said Tyler Vaughey, Vice President, U.S. Small Merchants at American Express. "With the convergence of online and offline, many small merchants are looking for ways to strengthen customer engagement, and Bigcommerce has created a platform that enables merchants to address this key business objective."
"Partnering with SoftBank Capital gives us access to the growing Asian market and opportunities within SoftBank Group companies, including Alibaba, while American Express and Telstra share our passion for helping businesses in the U.S and Australia respectively," said Eddie Machaalani, co-founder and CEO of Bigcommerce. "With this new round of funding, we will continue to level the commerce playing field so that every merchant has the opportunity to build a compelling brand and scalable business to effectively compete with the largest players in their industry."
Marketplace management tool Veeqo is looking to raise investment of £250,000 through crowd funding site Seedrs.
Anyone can invest in Veeqo via their funding campaign on Seedrs, spending from as little as £10 to acquire Veeqo shares.
Veeqo say they are the first Welsh company to use equity crowd funding, through their first Seedrs campaign in February 2013, which took only 19 days to meet their target.
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Veeqo has three major new features planned for release soon:
- A web-based point of sale tool will allow physical stores to log sales on any internet-enabled device, and immediately update stock levels on all channels.
- A feature called "product pushing" will allow sellers to publish new products to all their sales channels in one click.
- Veeqo will be adding new integrations with Parcelforce, CityLink, DPD, Yodel, USPS, UPS, and Interlink in addition to existing carriers Royal Mail, MyHermes, and FedEx. This will allow automatic label printing without manual data exports.
Marketplace management software provider eSellerPro has launched a new Community Hub for clients, partners and staff to share knowledge about the eSellerPro platform and successful online marketplace selling.
Within a week of launch over 100 customers had signed up and contributed over 350 posts. The Hub is designed to improve the way eSellerPro communicates with its community and help them be more successful.
Community Hub content includes:
- Events, articles and announcements.
- Discussion forum.
- Resource library of guides, tools, tips and tricks.
Paul Watson, CEO of eSellerPro, added: "The eSellerPro Community Hub is designed and inspired by our broader mission to create the world's most successful community of online marketplace sellers. Our goal with the Hub is therefore to give our ecommerce community more opportunity to get closer to eSellerPro, get the answers it needs quickly and help shape the future direction of the technology and the community. The more community members engage with their peers, eSellerPro partners and staff on the Hub, the more they and the community benefits. I'd like to thank our clients and partners for their feedback and contributions so far to make this possible. We hope to see you all on the Hub!"