The UK is one of eBay's most successful markets because users are finding effective ways of cutting the amount of 'take' the company achieves from every sale.
That's according to a leading American analyst, who has cited this as one reason why he expects the price of shares in the global e-commerce giant to rise only steadily over the coming year.
Ken Sena, of investment banking advisors Evercore, said that, in the UK especially, "we see retailers more ...read more
In an effort to broaden the reach of its services among a massive market where paying upfront for goods is not generally accepted, Amazon has begun a trial of a cash-on-delivery service to buyers in parts of India.
According to a report from the Economic Times of India, the online retail giant has begun a trial scheme in conjunction with India Post, whereby it carries out the 'last mile' delivery of customers' orders, and collects the payment due at the same time.
An India Post spokesman added that ...read more
The first evidence of efforts by eBay to remove poor feedback against some sellers is beginning to be seen.
Just over a month ago, the online auction and selling giant revealed new measures designed to help protect sellers with otherwise excellent customer satisfaction records from being blighted by isolated cases of adverse customer feedback.
And now, one long-standing eBay store owner, the proprietor of ...read more
Tens of thousands of online shoppers were unable to make purchases online last night – one of the anticipated busiest times of the year for e-commerce – after a bank computer failure.
Shoppers with accounts with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest and Ulster Bank found their payments were frozen out for three hours, between 6.30 and 9.30pm. As many as 24 million people could have been affected, a report in the Independent said.
And this morning, with the cause of the glitch still ...read more
With eBay having ended the practice of listing goods up for auction in order of those ending soonest, the debate over when is the best time to end an online auction has raged.
To try to draw some solid conclusions, Ecommercebytes.com is carrying out a survey of its readers, asking for their views on the subject, which has already solicited many useful insights.
It asks four multiple-choice questions: do respondents believe there is a best day on which to end an auction?; i ...read more
After last Christmas became a buying frenzy for tablet computers, it looks as though many people will be using their devices to do most of their festive shopping this year.
Online marketing trends followers at emarketer.com expect more than 10 per cent of all e-commerce sales this Christmas to be made via tablets, the equivalent of £4.74 billion ($7.52 billlion).
That represents a 176 per cent increase in sales through tablet devices year-on-year, as leading online reta ...read more
A comment by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos in a TV interview has set the world of logistics buzzing.
In it, the mega-rich chief executive of the e-commerce giant unveiled the fact that his company is testing using unmanned vehicles, or drones, to make deliveries of smaller packages.
He told interviewer Charlie Rose of CBS' 60 Minutes programme: "There's no reason that they can't be ...read more
An American e-commerce venture has launched a new app which directs shoppers to online stores where they can buy the latest fashions featured on social picture-sharing website Instagram.
Keep acts as a virtual community, whose users can store and share images of the latest fashions being released and shared by top designers and major retailers.
Followers can then see items which are trending around the internet, and organise what they view.
Scott Kurnit, CEO of Keep, told Venturebeat ...read more