Amazon Backs Out of New York City Headquarters

| Daniela Forte

Amazon, bowing to local opposition, is backing out of a planned East coast headquarters in Long Island City, NY. Opponents of the $3 billion in tax breaks and incentives gained more fuel when it was learned Amazon will pay no federal income tax for the second year in a row. Plans are on track for facilities in Arlington, VA and Nashville, TN.

Amazon to Launch Marketplace in the Middle East

| Daniela Forte

Amazon is making a push for the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. CNBC reported the ecommerce giant has been reaching out to large third-party sellers in North America about the opportunity to expand in the underserved, oil-rich region.

eBay Sues Amazon for Alleged Illegal Recruiting of Sellers

| Daniela Forte

eBay has filed a lawsuit against Amazon claiming the ecommerce giant has been using illegal tactics to lure sellers away from the rival marketplace since at least 2015. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon knew it was breaking eBay’s rules and policies, and even communicated these infractions in discussions with eBay sellers.

eBay Begins Managing Payments in the U.S.

| Daniela Forte

eBay announced it will begin managing transaction payments in the U.S., which will let shoppers complete their purchases entirely on eBay’s site. Here is how sellers will benefit from this move.

Alibaba Group Founder, Chairman Jack Ma to Step Down in 2019

| Daniela Forte

Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Chinese ecommerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., announced he will step down in September 2019, to be succeeded by Alibaba Group CEO and chairman Daniel Zhang. Ma will continue as executive chairman during the transition period.

We Want You … to Attend The Marketplace Summit

| Daniela Forte

The Marketplace Summit is a one-day virtual event focused on helping merchant sellers get the most out of their online marketplace experience. Register today and join Multichannel Merchant and several ecommerce merchants as we discuss every aspect of creating a winning marketplace strategy.

Scoring Big with Chinese Shoppers on Ecommerce Holidays

| Franklin Chu

Global ecommerce holidays have become increasingly pervasive and lucrative, as ever-growing results prove. These insights from the 618 Festival will help U.S. merchants prepare for other upcoming ecommerce events, including China’s Singles Day, the biggest sales event in global retail.

4 Strategies for Sellers to Win Amazon Prime Day 2018

| Victor Rosenman

Sellers everywhere have been busy preparing for the high-traffic frenzy of Amazon Prime Day for most of Q2 — submitting Lightning Deals, optimizing their product listings with clear images and compelling copy, refining keywords, and analyzing their inventory position. Here are several best practices that will help carry the momentum through the summer.