Amazon is America’s Most Shopped Retailer in Apparel

| Daniela Forte

Amazon has jumped from a joint second place with Target to first place among U.S. apparel retailers, according to a survey by Coresight Research. The survey found that Prime members account for two-thirds of all Amazon apparel shoppers, up from around 60% last year.

Late to the Game, Target Launches Ecommerce Marketplace

| Daniela Forte

Going the way of main rivals Walmart and Amazon, Target is launching its own third-party ecommerce marketplace, Target+, including a curated list of products from merchants that complement its own offerings in categories like home, toys, electronics and sporting goods.

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.