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Home Depot Nudges Lawn Equipment from Gas to Batteries

The change from gas- to battery-powered comes as Home Depot aims to reach its green goals by 2028. Suppliers will follow suit or lose a place on the shelf.

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Multichannel E-commerce Boomed in 2022

Sellers are expanding into marketplaces to reach more customers and workaround competitive platforms. Dropshipping outgrew all other forms of commerce.

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Amazon to Hire 250,000 Logistics Staff for Holiday Season

Hiring a monumental number of logistics workers, Amazon seems bullish the 2023 holiday season will be huge. Other retailers are expecting lackluster sales.

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Adobe Digital Price Index Records 40‑Month Online Price Low

For the 40th month in a row, Adobe’s DPI has recorded a decline in online prices, suggesting retailers are attempting to appeal to cash-strapped shoppers.

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Retailers Focusing on Inventory Ahead of Holiday Season

Supply chain normalization and software are helping retailers avoid excess inventory. Meanwhile, retailers tighten inventory to focus on seasonal sales.

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Labor Day Spending Expected to be Tight in 2023

Retailers should be cautious of their expectations this year as consumers’ spending habits are still hard-hit by inflation and are likely looking to save.

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Amazon Expands Ads to Third-Party Websites

Amazon’s ad revenue is growing and is estimated to account for 10% of digital ad spending in 2023. Expanding to other sites could further inflate this growth.

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Walmart Reports Growth in Store Sales While Target Staggers

Target reports its first drop in sales in six years, while Walmart sales perform better than expected. What are the two retailers doing differently?

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US Retail Sales Grew 0.7% in July 2023

Retail sales data for July 2023 has surprised experts with a 0.7% increase. Various factors may have contributed to the rise, but it may be short-lived.

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UPS Fights to Bring Back Customers

UPS experienced a significant drop in parcel deliveries as customers utilized other courier services to avoid a potential strike.

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Amazon Announces a Second Prime Day for 2023

Amazon’s second Prime Day of 2023 will take place in October and is expected to be discount-heavy as holiday season consumers navigate inflation.

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Is Retail Media E-commerce’s Next Top Trend?

Both Walmart and eBay are expanding their retail media operations in-store and online. Could it become a profitable alternative revenue stream?

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UPS Unveils ‘DeliveryDefense’ to Curtail Porch Piracy

DeliveryDefense assesses shipping confidence based on address. If shipping confidence is low, merchants may decide to use another delivery method.

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Trucking Firm Yellow Shuts Down Operations

Yellow is said to be somewhere between $1.3 and $1.5 billion in debt. In 2020, Yellow was approved a Covid pandemic relief loan of $729.2 million, of which it only managed to pay back $230 million.

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Top Apparel Retailers Generated $131.56 Billion in 2022

Retailers experienced steady growth in 2022, which is excellent news. Digital Commerce 360 uncovered a variety of interesting stats for the year.

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UPS Strike Action Avoided

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing unionized UPS workers, voted to strike if UPS failed to deliver a ‘strong contract’ by July 31st. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case.

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TikTok to Launch ‘TikTok Shop Shopping Center’

TikTok’s marketplace could put the company in competition with Shein, Temu, and other social media marketplaces. Lawmakers may get involved. […]

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Florida’s 2023-2024 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Begins

Residents of Florida can save money on back-to-school supplies as state sales tax is relaxed. The tax break could boost […]

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Amazon Experiences a BNPL Boom on Prime Day 2023

BNPL orders exploded on Amazon Prime Day 2023, increasing roughly 20% from the year before. Will BNPL orders skyrocket during […]

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FTC Sues Amazon—Alleges Consumers Tricked Into Amazon Prime

According to the FTC’s lawsuit, consumers are tricked into signing up for Amazon Prime, and canceling their subscription is designed […]

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Walmart Integrates PingPong Payments

International sellers can now receive payments through PingPong Payments when selling on Walmart’s marketplace. The integration could be a game […]

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Adobe Digital Price Index—Online Prices at 36-Month Low

Online prices continue to decline YoY, with electronics hit the hardest. Several factors are driving the decline, though some categories […]

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US Targets Chinese Fast-Fashion Platforms Temu & Shein

As tensions flare up between the two largest economies, US lawmakers seek to make it more difficult for Chinese fast […]

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Overstock.com Bids for Bed Bath & Beyond’s IP and Assets

Bed Bath & Beyond’s intellectual property and assets could soon belong to e-commerce furniture retailer Overstock.com following a $21.5 million bid.

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Reebelo Logs $5.8 Million in Revenue for 2022

Reebelo is a young, rapidly growing electronics reseller from Singapore. Reebelo’s growth is not surprising as the resale market continues […]

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eBay Adopts Generative AI to Create Product Descriptions

Creating attractive product descriptions on eBay just got much easier as the marketplace tests a ChatGPT-like description generator for sellers. […]

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Amazon Prime Day Approaches! What Does It Mean for Sellers?

Prime Day will take place from July 11th to 12th. We explain why it’s an important event for sellers and […]

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Merchants Must Adapt to Inflation-Hit Shoppers

Shoppers are more cautious because of inflation. Expanding payment options and offering loyalty programs can encourage consumers to return. While […]

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5 Ways Merchants Can Prevent Chargeback Fraud

Chargeback fraud is estimated to cost sellers up to $125 billion globally in 2023. We list the top five ways […]

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North American Retailers Made $1T in Online Sales in 2022

The top North American retailers are larger than before the pandemic despite sales growth slowing in 2022, according to a […]

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Wayfair to Analyze Customer Interactions With AI

Wayfair to use natural language processing and predictive analytics to identify emerging customer issues in real time and improve customer […]

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Rakuten’s Big Give Week 2023 Begins

Cash back platform, Rakuten, has started its Big Give Week. Typically, it’s Rakuten’s biggest shopping event of the year, with […]

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Amazon Customers Offered $10 to Pick up Deliveries

Amazon Prime subscribers offered $10 to collect deliveries over $25 from pickup locations. Amazon also charges $1 for UPS returns. […]

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Amazon Leads the Way in Password Security

Amazon is the safest US e-commerce platform in terms of password security. Etsy and eBay also score well, while Walmart […]

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Live Commerce is Booming in the US

The US is the world’s third largest live commerce market after Denmark and China. Live commerce sales are projected to […]

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Sellercloud Integrates Avalara to Manage Seller’s Sales Tax

Sellercloud’s newest integration is with Avalara. Avalara’s tax calculation software helps sellers overcome challenges such as infamously troublesome sales tax. […]

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Chinese E-commerce Startup Temu Expands into Europe

The low-priced e-commerce platform Temu is now available in several EU countries and may become a threat to established platforms […]

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Amazon Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Exchange in Crackdown

The Anti-Counterfeiting Exchange will make identifying and tracking counterfeiters easier and safeguard Amazon sellers and consumers. Amazon’s newly launched ‘Anti-Counterfeiting […]

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Online Concierge the Future? Men’s Wearhouse Thinks So

Wedding Wingman asks grooms a series of questions to narrow down suitable wedding attire. Grooms can then book a fitting […]

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Walmart Makes $235 Million Loss in Sale of Bonobos

Walmart struggled to make the menswear brand profitable as it originally purchased Bonobos to extend its reach into e-commerce six […]

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ThredUp Reports Resale Industry Increased Sales 28% in 2022

According to ThredUp’s report, the resale grew exponentially in 2022 and could increase further in the future. However, not everyone […]

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Levi’s Utilizes AI for Model Diversity

Using AI, Levi’s customers will be able to see models that look more like them. However, the decision is controversial […]

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FedEx to Consolidate FedEx Ground and FedEx Express

FedEx Ground and FedEx Express will be merged by June 2024 as part of a plan to save FedEx $4 […]

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65% Of Walmart Stores to Be Automated by 2026

Over the next few years, Walmart’s in-store automation efforts could save the company up to 20% and cut the need […]

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Boxed Inc Bankrupt, Considering Software Sale

Cash-strapped Boxed Inc has finally filed for bankruptcy weeks after the SVB crash. The company looks to sell its software […]

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Good News: E-commerce Industry Expected to Grow in 2023

After a shaky start to e-commerce in 2023, retail experts are confident the industry will grow in the long term, […]

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Chinese E-commerce Giant Alibaba to Restructure

Alibaba to split into six units, separating e-commerce operations from cloud-computing, entertainment, and other operations, appeasing Beijing’s tech crackdown. The […]

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Charging for Returns – Good or Terrible Idea?

Should online retailers charge customers to return items? It’s an emerging trend that could make returns less costly for retailers […]

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E-Commerce Pricing Startup BlackCurve Secures $4.5m Funding

BlackCurve to use funding to expand further into primary markets and invest in product-led approach. Sellers automatically update prices to […]

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FedEx Heralds Effective Cost-Cutting in Q3 Earnings

FedEx’s Q3 cost-cutting has positively impacted its outlook for 2023. Cuts were made through layoffs and to air freight, mainly […]

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H&M Launches Resale Platform ‘H&M Pre-Loved’ In US

H&M becomes the latest brand to join the resale platform ThredUp. The initiative will allow H&M to resell its used […]

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Chinese E-commerce Logistics Set to Continue Growing

February 2023 saw e-commerce logistics grow in China; further growth is expected in March. Growth is likely the result of […]

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Logistics Layoffs Follow Decreased E-commerce Demand

As covid measures are relaxed, consumers spend less online, leaving logistics companies overprepared. Inflation is also a factor in declining […]

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E-commerce Platforms & Online Sellers React to SVB Meltdown

Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse harms some online sellers while Etsy and Shopify momentarily pause payments, but not all sellers are […]

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Amazon & Walmart Battle Over Delivery and Physical Stores

Walmart continues to innovate new ways to compete with Amazon online while Amazon makes further gains in grocery stores with […]

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Amazon Speeds up With More Same-Day Delivery Sites

Amazon is expanding same-day delivery to get ahead of Target and Walmart. The company lost $2.7 billion in 2022 and […]

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E-commerce Purchases Saw Rise in Returns During the Pandemic

The rise in returns during the pandemic shouldn’t cause alarm. As online shopping grows in popularity, returns are expected to […]

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US Import Prices Continue to Fall

Declining fuel prices drag down the cost of US imports. However, import prices for certain goods and from certain regions […]

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EU Digital Services Act Now in Full Swing

The Digital Services Act will stomp out rogue sellers in the EU, but marketplaces must provide the EU with more […]

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Sellercloud Solidifies Relationship With Partners FedEx and UPS

FedEx awards Sellercloud with Community Tier status. UPS highlights Sellercloud as a replacement for its Marketplace Shipping Connections. Sellercloud continues […]

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Top 5 E-commerce Statistics to Know for 2023

How is e-commerce changing in 2023? What market trends should sellers be preparing for? Arriving in 2023 just a few […]

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Is Amazon’s Customer Satisfaction Declining?

Are third-party outsourcing and complex, dated architecture leading to declining customer satisfaction at Amazon? John Herrman, contributing editor at the […]

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ShipStation and GlobalPost Integrate to Reach New Markets

ShipStation/GlobalPost integration set to shake up e-commerce shipping, helping sellers reach new markets. Big news was announced this February between […]

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