Ecommerce


3 Keys to Building an Ecommerce Business Designed for Growth

Competition is fierce online, and aside from common sense factors — selling a hot product at an attractive price and knowing how to market said product — there are other important things to take into consideration. …

July 23, 2021 James Rotimi

Key Factors When Selecting and Setting Up an E-Commerce Platform

One of the fundamental choices that an e-commerce retailer must make is the platform they use to sell their goods and services, because it’s not just a store — it’s a place to connect with customers and create a sense of the brand. We spoke with several e-commerce experts to get…

July 21, 2021 James Rotimi

This shipping company may become Amazon Prime’s rival

Cainiao is an Alibaba subsidiary logistics company that plans to take any product anywhere in the world in 72 hours and for three dollars a month (approximately 60 Mexican pesos). …

July 21, 2021 Elizabeth

Amazon aims to inject new life into Alexa with release of developer tools and features

Amazon is giving its Alexa voice platform a shot in the arm after seeing further declines in skill growth over the past year, indicating lagging interest from third-party voice app developers. At the company’s Alexa Live developer event today, the company announced a slew of new features and tools for the…

July 21, 2021 Elizabeth

YouTube to pilot test shopping from livestreams with select creators

YouTube will begin pilot testing a new feature that will allow viewers to shop for products directly from livestream videos. The feature will initially launch with just a handful of creators and brands, the company says, and is an expansion of the integrated shopping experience YouTube began beta testing earlier this…

July 21, 2021 James Rotimi

Deal Hunters Spending Time on Gamified Commerce

A new e-commerce trend catching on as the pandemic stranglehold on consumer access to brick-and-mortar stores loosens is converging shopping with playing games as a source of entertainment. One good example is Tophatter. This retail discovery marketplace where shoppers go to spend time, rather than to save time, is what its…

July 20, 2021 James Rotimi

Sustainability and Logistics: Greening the Supply Chain

One of the strains on the logistics industry is increased consumer demand for speedy delivery — and this requirement is making it even more important to consider the environmental impacts of faster fulfillment. We spoke with experts in the field to find out what’s happening to make logistics more sustainable, and…

July 20, 2021 James Rotimi

This Is How Ecommerce Can Help You Build Real Wealth

Diversifying your income is beneficial for several reasons, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. …

July 20, 2021 Elizabeth

Square launches business bank accounts

One step at a time, Square is creating a new bank from scratch. Today, the company is launching a new product called Square Banking that combines a checking account, savings accounts, debit cards and loans. With Square Banking, the company wants to convince small businesses that it’s just easier to manage…

July 20, 2021 Elizabeth

Little Spoon scoops up $44M to grow its children’s nutrition delivery service

The quest to disrupt the traditional baby food aisle continues as more of today’s parents seek out nutritional food for their children. …

July 19, 2021 James Rotimi

3 Ways to Harness the Massive Power of Ecommerce

Even as the pandemic slows down, ecommerce continues to flourish. If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, it’s time to start. …

July 19, 2021 James Rotimi

They Visited Your Site. Here’s Why Didn’t They Buy.

Using your company’s home page to collect data from current customers helps increase the percentage of prospective visitors who end up purchasing. …


July 16, 2021 Elizabeth

Taste intelligence startup Halla closes $4.5M Series A1 to predict which grocery items shoppers will buy

Halla wants to answer the question of how people decide what to eat and now has $4.5 million in fresh Series A1 capital from Food Retail Ventures to do it. …

July 16, 2021 Elizabeth

Yummy raises $4M, aims to be ‘super app of Venezuela’

Yummy, a Venezuela-based delivery app, raised $4 million in funding to expand its dark store delivery operations across Latin America. …

July 16, 2021 James Rotimi

Consumers Can Now Monetize Personal Data To Earn Passive Income

Shouldn’t you get paid when businesses use your personal information gleaned from the internet? How much is your personal data posted online worth to you? Would you register your personal data so that you get paid when companies track you and use your own data to target you for ads? That…

July 15, 2021 Elizabeth

How we got 75% more e-commerce orders in a single A/B test for this major brand

Before we discuss the changes that produced the lift, it is important to quickly go over the research that informed those changes. …

July 15, 2021 James Rotimi

Do you want to stand out in a challenging environment? Try constant training

More than a year after a mandatory transformation, we can say that the digitization of companies is already a reality. …

July 15, 2021 Elizabeth

Egyptian social e-commerce platform Taager raises $6.4M led by 4DX Ventures

The global social market is rapidly growing. With over 1.25 million online social sellers in Egypt alone, the Egyptian social e-commerce market is forecast to be worth more than $14.8 billion by 2024. One of its players, Taager, is a social e-commerce platform enabling online merchants with end-to-end logistics. Today, it…

July 14, 2021 James Rotimi

Every Content Marketer Should Use These 9 Tools

These tech tools can help you achieve your marketing goals and generate new business in 2021 …

July 14, 2021 James Rotimi

Resale Marketplace Advice: 7 Challenges and Solutions To Overcome Them

With resale appealing to a growing share of consumers, chief among them Gen Z, more brands are jumping on the bandwagon. Levi’s, Lululemon, and Nike all launched in-house resale programs over the last year. However, the rise of resale comes with many challenges for e-commerce brands and marketplaces. Let’s look at…

July 13, 2021 James Rotimi

Amazon Seller Acquisition Market Seeing Unprecedented Activity

For both tuned-in sellers and aggressive aggregates, business on Amazon is booming. Aggregators acquired more Amazon marketplace sellers in the last three months than the last two years, noted Ryan Gnesin, CEO of Elevate Brands, one of the most active Amazon seller aggregate organizations. …


July 12, 2021 James Rotimi

How Consumers Now Define a Good Customer Experience

The magnitude to which retail stores recover when consumers fully adjust to post-pandemic routines may well hinge on the shopping experiences they offer. A new study of consumers in the U.S. and UK shows that the majority of shoppers today view customer experience as one of the most important factors when…

July 8, 2021 Elizabeth

Popshop Live raises about $20M at a $100M valuation for its livestream shopping platform for hipsters

Legacy TV services like HSN and QVC may have put live shopping shows on the map for consumers, but livestream commerce got a completely new boost of life in the pandemic, with retailers and e-commerce leviathans tapping a perfect storm of the craze for video entertainment, a trend (or even municipal…

July 8, 2021 Elizabeth

Kenya’s MarketForce raises $2M, plans to focus on its B2B retail marketplace RejaReja

A 2016 study by global consultancy PwC states that an estimated 90% of sales in Africa’s major economies come through informal channels like markets and kiosks. In sub-Saharan Africa, 90% of these household retail transactions are carried out via a network of about 100 million MSMEs.  Africa’s retail payments, mostly cash-based,…

July 8, 2021 James Rotimi

What an Amazon Breakup Would Look Like and Why It’s a Win for Brands

Amazon is on the brink of a possible breakup, and marketers should be ready to seize the opportunity. It’s difficult to imagine life without Amazon — as we know it. But with ongoing antitrust probes by Congress, there’s a real possibility that Amazon’s e-commerce dominance may soon end. Let’s examine what…

July 8, 2021 Elizabeth

Indian social commerce DealShare raises $144 million, eyes international expansion

High-profile investors are doubling down on their bets to explore the future of social commerce in India. DealShare said on Thursday it has raised $144 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its presence in the South Asian market and eye opportunities in international markets. The new…

July 7, 2021 James Rotimi

Walmart Pass, the new home delivery service of the retail chain, is now available in Mexico

Walmart Pass will allow you to order unlimited orders if you subscribe. …

July 7, 2021 Elizabeth

Repeat raises $6 million Series A for its service that makes reordering favorite products easier

Subscriptions have become a popular way to pay for digital services, like Netflix or Spotify, but they haven’t yet taken off as a means of reordering your everyday items or other household essentials. Retailers, including Amazon, have tried shifting consumers to a subscription model for these sorts of purchases — even…

July 6, 2021 James Rotimi

Creating Paths of Engagement for Effective E-Commerce Journeys

From an initial expression of interest, to a purchase, to receiving ongoing support and ultimately buying again, customers take a variety of journeys as they interact with brands. The more a company considers and plans for the paths its customers will follow, the more likely it is that the business will…

July 6, 2021 Elizabeth

Amazon is now selling its own COVID-19 test kits for $39.99 in the U.S.

Amazon announced this morning it would begin to sell its own brand of COVID-19 at-home tests to Amazon shoppers in the U.S. The test retails for $39.99 on the Amazon.com website and is available to any U.S. customer without a prescription. The COVID-19 PCR collection kit is shipped to the customer’s…

July 5, 2021 James Rotimi

GAP pulls UK and Ireland brick-and-mortar stores while looking for new partner offerings

The textile brand will continue to have online sales despite physically withdrawing from the British Isles. …

July 5, 2021 Elizabeth

MaxAB, the Egyptian B2B food and grocery delivery startup, raises $40M for expansion

Globally, food and grocery delivery startups have been raising mega-rounds of late, especially those in Europe as the pandemic has given rise to more people ordering online more than ever. This growth has translated to an increase in volume across e-commerce platforms all over the world. While there has relatively been…


July 4, 2021 James Rotimi

The Ultimate Guide to Effective E-commerce Testing

Are you aware that there are approximately 12 million – 24 million e-commerce sites worldwide? As more and more people are making purchases online, the popularity of e-commerce websites has grown dramatically.  It means that the competition is tough. To ensure that your e-commerce site is always up, functional, and… Continue…

July 2, 2021 James Rotimi

How an Ecommerce Company Went From Unicorn to Small Fish

India’s ShopClues had positioned itself as an ecommerce giant before Amazon entered the picture. Then, a series of missteps led to the company’s hard fall. …

July 1, 2021 James Rotimi

Congress Backs Billions for Tech R&D Though Enactment Uncertain

The U.S. technology industry is guardedly supporting a massive legislative package designed to address a range of issues affecting the sector, including a federal commitment to add billions of dollars to government technology research and development programs. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., characterized the legislation as “a landmark bill to out-compete China…

June 30, 2021 Elizabeth

Demand Curve: 7 ad types that increase click-through rates

Here are seven ad types that have proven to increase click-through rates (CTR), with examples of each. Clone them to test in your own social ad campaigns. …

June 30, 2021 James Rotimi

Amazon Makes Play for Vinyl Lovers With New Record Club

The service, available for U.S. customers only, sends monthly subscribers during each billing period a classic album from the 1960s and ’70s by artists such as Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin and ABBA. “The Vinyl of the Month Club will help new fans start to build a collection of some of the…

June 29, 2021 Elizabeth

Forum Brands raises $27M Series A as crowded Amazon roll-up space continues to heat up

The number of startups acquiring e-commerce businesses, especially those operating on Amazon, to grow and scale is increasing as more people than ever are shopping online. The latest such startup to raise capital is Forum Brands, which today announced it has raised $27 million in equity funding for its technology-driven e-commerce…

June 29, 2021 James Rotimi

3 Key Considerations Before Moving to a Direct-to-Consumer Model

By cutting out the middleman, brands can earn a higher margin and gain direct access to consumers and their data. For these reasons, leading brands such as Nike are aggressively making the shift to DTC, and other large retailers are following suit. However, many forget to take into account three important…

June 28, 2021 HNOrji

Jiji acquires Cars45 as it looks to build a future outside classifieds

Once heralded as disruptive marketplaces, classifieds are giving way to transactional marketplaces. Yet, some classifieds in the West like eBay have evolved with time, acquiring competition operating both models. In Africa, this occurrence is happening, in part at least, for the classifieds businesses that haven’t fizzled out. Jiji, one of the…

June 27, 2021 James Rotimi

Digital transformation of SMEs: an easier path to travel than you think

Digital SMEs grow revenue and profits up to twice as fast as their offline counterparts. …

June 23, 2021 James Rotimi

Amazon bought 1,000 self-driving trucks from a startup, will you say goodbye to drivers?

Jeff Bezos’ company agreed to purchase a fleet of trucks with autonomous driving, which could mean that in the future Amazon will dispense with drivers for its deliveries. …

June 23, 2021 James Rotimi

Travel Industry Faces High Demand, New Expectations

As people emerge from lockdowns and limitations in the coming months, and look toward getting out and exploring the world again, travel is anticipated to become a popular and valued activity. The E-Commerce Times spoke with several industry experts to get their perspective on new trends in travel and tourism. …

June 21, 2021 James Rotimi

Sellers: Beware of Amazon’s Marketing Manners

“What’s the real cost of getting everything delivered to your door? Small businesses and third-party sellers are getting killed,” said Jason Boyce, CEO and founder of Avenue7Media.” As consumers in a free country, we have to ask ourselves whether one company with the power of Amazon is good for American consumers…

June 21, 2021 James Rotimi

3 Moments in the Online-Shopping Journey Where Your Business Is Losing Customers

These pain points can drive potential customers away to competitors. …

June 21, 2021 James Rotimi

Amazon Prime Day 2021 Is June 21-22, and Kristen Bell Tells Us Why She’s Partnered With Them to Promote Small Businesses

The ecommerce giant grew exponentially in the pandemic, but heading into its annual retail holiday, the emphasis (with some help from a few celebs) is entirely on how it elevates entrepreneurs. …


June 21, 2021 James Rotimi

This Entrepreneur Went Backpacking to Find Himself at 21. Decades Later, He Founded One of the Largest Sustainable Startups in Latin America.

Dirk Van Nievelt went from backpacking to entrepreneur after leaving university to travel the world looking for his true self, but what he found was the path to success in sustainable business. …

June 18, 2021 James Rotimi

Natura will open 6 stores in Mexico and is committed to omnichannel in the country

This will allow the brand to reach customers with consumption habits different from those of direct sales or through e-commerce. …

June 18, 2021 James Rotimi

Walmart Launches Unlimited Home Delivery Program, See How You Can Take Advantage Of It

With the Walmart Pass membership you can receive your purchases at home, unlimited and without shipping costs for minimum purchases of $ 499. …

June 18, 2021 James Rotimi

5 Content-Marketing Tactics for B2B Ecommerce

Not only does content increase a brand’s visibility, but it also educates and persuades prospects to take actions. …

June 18, 2021 James Rotimi

Social Media Ads, Chat Apps Pegged to Power Summer Sales

Consumers will spend more money shopping online this summer in response to ads they see on social media if deals are offered by vendors. Shoppers also are more receptive to chat commerce, a potential new trend. New research by Smartly.io, a social advertising automation platform for creative and performance marketers, underscores…

June 18, 2021 James Rotimi

Set up a Professional Photo Studio Anywhere with FlashBooth

Because your products deserve the best ecommerce assets. …

June 17, 2021 James Rotimi

Looking to Get Into Ecommerce? Here’s 3 Things to Do Before Getting Started.

If you’re looking to get started in the ecommerce space, here are three crucial things you need to do. …

June 16, 2021 James Rotimi

Consumers, Marketers, All Ears on Podcast Advertising

Podcasts provide advertisers with microtargeted pitches that engage listeners more effectively than other outlets, according to Maury Rogow, CEO and creative director of Hollywood’s Rip Media Group. The most effective podcast advertising is delivered by the host. While this makes many marketers uneasy, the risk can pay off because the targets…

June 15, 2021 James Rotimi

Google Pay and Apple Pay Begin to Accept Cryptocurrencies in Their Transactions

Both companies are allowing users to add the Coinbase Card to their mobile payment services. …

June 15, 2021 James Rotimi

Digital payments: a key to success for entrepreneurs

When an entrepreneur can easily monitor their daily cash flow through digital payments and collections, they are in a position to better manage inventories and increase profit margins. …

June 10, 2021 James Rotimi

New AI Tools Help Level the Playing Field for Retailers

Artificial intelligence may well be the Holy Grail solution for more effective shopping optimization for merchants. The list is almost endless when you tally the potential uses. It can be anywhere, from classification issues like recommendations to search and merchandising personalization. It also aids retailers in things like optimization and visual…

June 8, 2021 James Rotimi

Coupon and Discount Advice to Encourage Online Sales

Everyone loves a deal, and e-commerce shoppers are no different. Coupons, discounts, and other offers can draw in new customers and build loyalty with existing ones. In fact, according to recent survey by Vericast, 83 percent of consumers bought at least one item in the last six months — and 62…

June 3, 2021 James Rotimi

The Next Level of E-Commerce Payment Processing

E-commerce merchants are literally at the mercy of the digital checkout systems tied to their web stores. For retailers, what happens on the other side of the “pay” button is critical to avoiding denied approvals. Online payment service provider Credorax peeled back the curtain for the E-Commerce Times to reveal the…

June 2, 2021 James Rotimi

Administration Takes Aggressive Approach to Stimulate Tech Investments

The U.S. government is moving at a brisk pace to launch information technology projects authorized by the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Federal information technology providers are looking for the chance to participate in contracts flowing from the $1 billion allocated by the plan to the government’s Technology Modernization Fund. …


May 26, 2021 James Rotimi

Amazon Cuts Deal to Buy MGM for $8.45B

A definitive merger agreement has been announced for Amazon to acquire MGM for $8.45 billion. MGM will bring to Amazon’s table more than 4,000 movies and 17,000 TV shows. All totaled, MGM productions over the years won more than 180 Oscars and 100 Emmy awards. MGM will continue to operate as…

May 26, 2021 James Rotimi

Illegal Drug Trade Fuels $1.37B in Crypto Transactions at Russian Dark Site

A Russian-language dark web marketplace called Hydra that is known to facilitate the illegal sale of narcotics has seen cryptocurrency transactions soar over the last five years. According to a report by Flashpoint and Chainalysis, Hydra’s crypto business began accelerating in 2017 after its chief competitor was shut down by Russian…

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