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Amazon vs. Shopify: Keep an Eye on the Battle

| Rafael Lourenco

There’s a behind-the-scenes battle going on between Amazon and Shopify that has big implications for merchants. Amazon now owns a technology that could help it compete directly. Here’s why the rivalry matters to online merchants, and how understanding it can help you select the right ecommerce channels for your goals.

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Fabric Raises $43M in Series A Round

| Mike O'Brien

Fabric, a provider of cloud-based headless commerce architecture, has raised $43 million in a Series A round led by Norwest Venture Partners, with additional participation from Redpoint Ventures and Sierra Ventures, coming months after its $9.5 million seed round. Funds will be used to expand its engineering, product and sales teams.

Bezos Stepping Down as Amazon CEO in Q3

| Mike O'Brien

In the midst of posting another blockbuster quarter, Amazon dropped the bombshell news that founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is stepping out of the top role in Q3 to become executive chairman. He will be replaced as CEO by AWS head Andy Jassy. Bezos started the $1.6 trillion company as a bookseller on the nascent internet in 1994.

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International Parcel Shipping Provider Passport Raises $12M

| Mike O'Brien

Passport, a provider of international parcel shipping services, has raised $12 million in a Series A round to build out its parcel supply chain network for ecommerce and DTC brands. Funding for the round was secured by M13 and included participation from Resolute Ventures, Precursor, Kleiner Perkins, RiverPark and Republic.

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Four Views on Retail, Ecommerce Entering 2021

| Mike O'Brien

You may have read somewhere that 2020 was an extremely disruptive year in every aspect of the retail industry. Ecommerce, already on a rapid trajectory, took off into the stratosphere as consumer flocked online. To take a look into what we can expect in 2021, four experts offer their views and some bold predictions.

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Shopify Give Sellers Access to Massive TikTok Audience

| Mike O'Brien

In a linkup of major players, ecommerce platform Shopify, with more than 1 million merchants, has partnered with hugely popular Chinese video sharing site TikTok. A new TikTok channel on Shopify lets sellers can set up, manage and track campaigns natively within the platform, accessing a global audience of 800 million users.

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ShipBob Raises $68 Million in Funding, Plans to Double Its Network

| Mike O'Brien

ShipBob, a provider of third-party logistics with facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe, has raised $68 million to fuel growth, expand its platform and more than double its global network, a signal of the significant venture capital flowing into logistics to support the ecommerce explosion. This brings the total raised to $130.5 million.

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Digital Leapfrogging: Will Your Ecommerce Business Get Jumped?

| Derek O'Carroll

Companies that are resistant or slow to change face real threats from the emergence of a new group of DTC brands, boosted by technology, that can deliver a complete end-to-end customer experience. Laggards need to address their operations urgently, or risk being digitally leapfrogged and left behind by the pack of hungry DTCs.

Google Drops Some Commissions, Launches Recommendation Engine

| Mike O'Brien

Google has been busy on the ecommerce front lately, announcing a plan to drop commission fees for sellers who use its Buy on Google checkout service, while making its pilot-tested product recommendation engine publicly available to let sellers display more personalized offers.

Wix Takes Aim at Shopify with Enhanced Ecommerce Solution

| Mike O'Brien

Website design and builder firm Wix has enhanced its ecommerce solution by adding a number of capabilities, taking aim at market leader Shopify by giving SMBs an entire raft of tools to set up and run their e-shop without breaking the bank. Wix said the COVID-driven explosion in ecommerce accelerated its development plans.