Alibaba set another Singles Day record this year on 11/11/19, recording $38.4 billion in gross merchandise value (GMV) during the 24-hour promotion created as a reverse spin on Valentine’s Day 10 years ago, up 25% from last year. By comparison, Adobe is forecasting $29 billion in total ecommerce sales for Cyber Weekend 2019.
A poll from the American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA) finds that 16 months later, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair is causing greater harm than anticipated to ecommerce, catalog and other merchants. Fifty-six percent of those polled said revenues had declined as a direct result of the decision.
Extend, a provider of extended warranty programs, has raised $16.4 million in new capital and acquired assets from Aon division Affinity Insurance Services as it looks to make warranty programs available beyond enterprise-scale retailers. The company said current clients have combined annual sales of more than $11.5 billion.