The Sneaker Wars are Coming to the Subscription Economy

| Tien Tzuo

Nike recently launched its Nike Adventure Club, a sneaker subscription service for kids aged two through 10. The company says it’s using the service to test out the subscription market before expanding it to runners and other athletes who need to replace their shoes frequently.

Merchants Have Fallen Behind in Payment Innovation, Study Reveals

| Daniela Forte

Merchant companies have fallen behind the retail banking and fintech industries in terms of payments innovation. A new report from ACI Worldwide and Ovum details regional differences in terms of progression along the innovation maturity curve, as well as the characteristics of organizations that are ahead of the pack.

Amazon Reportedly Adjusted Search Algorithm to Favor Itself: WSJ

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has reportedly adjusted the search algorithm on its marketplace in such a way as to favor results more profitable to itself, including its own house brands competing with third-party sellers, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a charge which the company denies.

6 Things to Do Now to Get Your Ecommerce Site Holiday Ready

| Bob Buffone

The time when ecommerce brands must prepare for the season that will account for the majority of annual conversions, and get their ducks in a row to ensure a smooth holiday shopping experience for customers. Here are six things retailers can do to get their ecommerce site ready for the holiday season.

FTC Steps Up Investigation of Amazon Over Anti-Competitive Charges

| Mike O'Brien

Investigators from the FTC have begun interviewing merchants selling on Amazon’s third-party marketplace in an attempt to ascertain if the ecommerce giant is using anti-competitive practices, according to a report in Bloomberg. They’re asking merchants how much business they do on Amazon.com vs. other major marketplaces.

Navigating Ecommerce Tax a Year After the Wayfair Decision

| Mike O'Brien

To help ecommerce sellers better understand the landscape a year-plus after the Wayfair decision, Multichannel Merchant spoke with Mark Sieczkowski, senior product manager at Vertex, in an MCM CommerceChat podcast. Sieczkowski addresses registration, reporting and filing requirements and manual vs. automated processes.