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Walmart Misses Q1 Bottom-Line Expectations

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart reported a disappointing earnings picture for the first quarter, blaming inflation, overstaffing, excess inventory and supply chain issues as the key culprits that sent profits below what analysts had been expecting. The top retailer reported $2.05B, in net income, down from $2.73B a year ago; ecommerce inched up 1%.

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Walmart Offers Discount to New Sellers

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to lure in more third-party sellers as it battles Amazon’s dominant marketplace, Walmart is offering new sellers a 50% discount on commissions for 90 days, while also extending savings on Walmart’s version of FBA to new signups. Discount are available to new merchants who sign up by May 31 and start selling by June 30.

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Most Ecommerce Marketplaces Will Fail, Here’s Why

| Alexander Graf

Too often, ecommerce marketplaces are looked at like a new feature, such as adding search capability. Thus, the marketplace project is not set up to overtake the main business, but pitched as a 12-24-month project to so many vendors.. The perspective is inside out. It’s rarely done outside in, from a customer-first point of view.

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CommerceIQ Crosses Unicorn Line With New Funding

| Mike O'Brien

CommerceIQ, a startup with a platform that allows major CPG brands to manage their ecommerce sales into retailers and marketplaces, has crossed the unicorn line with the closing of a $115 million Series D funding, bringing the company’s total valuation to more than $1 billion.

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Amazon Acquisition of Welsh Startup Veeqo Out of Stealth

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon continues to expand its ecommerce service offerings through acquisition, the latest example being Veeqo, a UK-based startup that provides inventory and order fulfillment tools for sellers on a variety of platforms including Shopify and eBay in addition to Amazon. The deal closed in November but was just revealed.

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Marketplaces: Lessons Learned from Retailers Who’ve Been There

| Jim Stirewalt

Marketplaces are no longer just for deep-pocket companies. With headless commerce and API-driven marketplaces, and platforms like Salesforce, Adobe and Shopify, retailers looking to layer in a marketplace to sell 1P/3P products have never had it easier. Hear from two who made it happen, and what the journey looked like.

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Back to Ecommerce Basics: Shattering the Endless Shelf

| Justin Marshall

In ecommerce, we formerly used revenue, market share and similar metrics to gauge success. But if customer experience is going to be the touchstone of success, customer lifetime value (CLV), or the amount a brand can expect from any given customer over time, should be our guiding principle.

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State Lawmakers Can’t Let Amazon Buy Virginia

| Jason Boyce

Amazon recently and curiously reversed its longstanding opposition to federal consumer protection legislation that aims to reduce counterfeit items on ecommerce platforms. Despite this, Amazon has made it clear it opposes similar state measures and has stepped up lobbying efforts across the country to kill these bills.

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Carro Drives Cross-Selling, Connects Influencers and Brands

| Mike O'Brien

Carro has created a spin on the traditional dropship model, allowing brands to easily network and cross-sell on other brands sites, while allowing social influencers to create their own marketplaces to further monetize large followings by offering recommended products on their own sites.