Tmall vs. What’s the Difference?

| Tim Parry

Tmall or That is the question, Whether it is nobler to sell cross-border to consumers in China via one ecommerce marketplace or the other all depends on your business goals. In this video interview conducted last month at eTail West, Merkle CMO and EVP of global development George Gallate explains the difference between China’s two largest marketplaces, and how it affects the control you want as a merchant.

Netflix Spoofs Amazon Drones

| Erin Lynch

It turns out Amazon is not the only online merchant looking to get into drone fulfillment capabilities. Netflix, taking jabs at its streaming video competitor, has announced its own delivery service, “Drone 2 Home,” in a recent video mocking the futuristic service.

Small Retailers Address Need for Marketplace Fairness Act

| Erin Lynch

The National Retail Federation has released a short video featuring small retailers from across the country expressing the online disparity between Main Street retailers and internet retailers, along with the “urgent” need for Congress to address the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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UPS Talks About Shopping and Returns

| Daniela Forte

Omnichannel is all the buzz right now among consumers. In a recent one-on-one interview with Multichannel Merchant, Melanie Alavi, retail manager for UPS, explains why it is important more than ever for merchants to embrace the anytime, anywhere shopper.

Quiet Logistics’ Robots at Work

| Erin Lynch

Wired has posted a new video introducing the ecommerce world to a few members of the robotic workforce at the Quiet Logistics order fulfillment center in Devens, Mass. According to the video, the robots, which have names such as Peanut Botter, Botter Rum, Juke Bot, Bot-B-Q, and Walter CaBot IV, require a five minute recharge every hour and have a 99.94% accuracy rate.

YouTube Makes Video Channels Shoppable

| Daniela Forte

YouTube is connecting people with products in a new initiative where they can now shop for products while viewing videos on YouTube channels. According to blog post by Google, which owns YouTube, people use the video site for entertainment, learning a new skill, find new information, and shop for products.