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Consumer Spending a Mixed Bag This Summer

| Mike O'Brien

Despite inflation fears, retailers are likely to see an increase in consumer spending this summer, with 61% planning to shop “holidays” like Prime Day, and 76% of them saying they’ll spend the same or more on the extravaganza as last year, according to data from Adobe Commerce.

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Stepping Up Your Ecommerce Sustainability Game

| Andrew Chan

Focusing on ecommerce sustainability initiatives can help you set your company up for success by focusing on the planet, while also creating more opportunities to boost sales. Therefore, it behooves you to step up your ecommerce sustainability game or risk being overlooked by increasingly values-conscious consumers. 

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Shopify Launches Boatload of Apps, Pushes into B2B

| Mike O'Brien

Shopify is pursuing a new avenue of attack against Amazon, launching 100 new/updated apps including tools for merchants to drive B2B sales while also turning on social commerce via Twitter, in an effort to boost slowing DTC ecommerce revenue growth. The company said Shopify Editions represents a “connect-to-consumer” focus.

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Prime Day Win Would Buoy Challenged Amazon

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is looking for a big win from Prime Day 2022 (July 12-13) to help restore some mojo to a company unaccustomed to criticism for earnings challenges, overbuilt warehouses and a stock that shed 40% of its value in the past 12 months, pre-split. This is the first time since 2019 it’s been in its accustomed spot in mid-July.

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Retailers: Evolve Pandemic Innovations for the Long Term

| Jon Reily

As shoppers are back in stores, retailers now need to determine which COVID innovations they will keep and how those measures will mature over the long term. This will help maximize the value of COVID innovations, bringing the benefits of digital to brick-and-mortar and scaling capabilities to accommodate long-term needs.

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BNPL Can Ease Inflation Pain

| Natasha Zurnamer

As inflation continues to slam consumers worldwide, alternative payment options such as Buy Now, Pay Later can go some way to helping alleviate the pain of higher prices. BNPL is an increasingly popular payment option, with loans usually incurring neither interest charges nor fees, and few require hard credit checks.

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Amazon Aggregators See Deal Flow Dip in Q1

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon aggregators have seen massive investment and deal flow since 2020, but the activity has been slowing as the valuations of top sellers has increased, according to a report on M&A activity in the sector from investment banking firm Capstone Partners. There were just 30 acquisitions of major FBA brands in Q1 vs. 159 in all of 2021.

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Once High-Flying Shopify Continues to Struggle

| Mike O'Brien

Shopify, a certified rock star of the pandemic shutdowns that saw sales and profits soar as consumers flocked to sellers on its platform, is finding itself challenged in 2022 as growth slows significantly and the ardor of investors has cooled off.

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Marketplace Tax Laws Still Challenging, 4 Years After Wayfair

| George Trantas

Beyond the sales tax complexity of marketplace facilitator laws, states have used the Wayfair decision to implement new rules for marketplaces. From policing stolen goods to expanded income tax obligations, marketplace tax laws are far reaching. Here’s how they’ve changed, and how they’re impacting remote sellers.

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Ecommerce to Top $1 Trillion GMV in U.S. in 2022

| Mike O'Brien

Ecommerce sales will top $1 trillion for the first time this year, while Amazon will become the biggest retailer in the U.S. by 2026, surpassing Walmart with a 14.9% market share vs. 12.7%, according to a new report from Edge By Ascential. Costco and Home Depot will hold the number 3 and 4 spots, respectively, the report states.