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Kroger Launches New Online Marketplace, Adds 50,000 Items

| Mike O'Brien

Kroger plans to launch a marketplace this fall through a partnership with French platform provider Mirakl, adding 50,000 items from sellers initially to its assortment, including toys and household goods in addition to specialty foods, international foods and natural and organic items. The marketplace is an expansion of Kroger Ship.

Amazon Requiring Marketplace Sellers to Include Business Name, Address

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon as of Sept. 1 will require third-party sellers in the U.S. to provide their business name and address in their seller profile, a requirement that has been in place for some time in Europe, Japan and Mexico based on government regulations. The benefits to consumers are not entirely clear, ditto the impact on counterfeiting.

Wayfair+2: The Impact of Marketplace Facilitator Laws Gone Wild

| Megan Higgins

Moving forward, one thing is certain: Marketplace facilitator laws will continue to evolve. We’re already seeing some changes in the U.S., with Louisiana going after high-volume 3P sellers during COVID-19. But states are also going to great lengths to pursue lodging and communications platforms and even food delivery services.

Amazon’s Anti-Counterfeit Crimes Unit Includes Former Prosecutors

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is taking a serious run at counterfeit sellers on its marketplace, with the creation of a Counterfeit Crimes Unit that includes former federal prosecutors, investigators and data analysts. The company said it has limited counterfeit complaints to 0.1% of items listed, but legislators and media investigations have still taken it to task.

Marketplaces Give Brands a Greater Shot at DTC Success

| Daniel Sugarman

Brands are challenged with finding a way forward even when traditional DTC models threaten to crack—and thinking outside the box to find the post-coronavirus formula for success. Fortunately, DTC doesn’t just mean selling on your own site. Here are some of the strong benefits of adding marketplaces to your DTC channel mix.

Amazon Adjusted Buy Box Algorithm, Rewarding Merchant Fulfilled Orders

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has recently adjusted its “buy box” product search algorithm to favor items that can be fulfilled and delivered faster by sellers themselves over Prime eligible products offered through Fulfilled By Amazon, which are taking weeks vs. days, experts say. The change was noticed last week by sellers using Merchant Fulfilled Prime.

Retailers Get Hip to Recommerce: Why this Trend is Here to Stay

| Erik Morton

Given the increased focus on sustainability and an Instagram-fueled focus on one-of-a-kind, vintage items, the growth and revenue potential of recommerce was inevitable. To be successful with this approach, you need to ensure that the customer experience is at its best, which is challenging given the logistics. Here are some tips.

NYSE Owner’s eBay Acquisition Was On, Then Quickly Off

| Douglas P. Clement

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of the New York Stock Exchange, announced plans to acquire eBay’s marketplace business in a deal estimated at $30 billion. Two days later, the potential deal was off. The reason for the reversal? Investors pushed back hard, apparently. Here’s how the back-and-forth broke down.

Pros and Cons of an Owned Ecommerce Website for Small Sellers

| Greg Chapman

Today’s small business owner can reach more customers in more ways. Between branded websites and marketplaces, the evolving nature of ecommerce means even the smallest businesses to effectively, efficiently reach a broader audience. But which makes the most sense from your business? Here are the pros and cons.

With so many cost-effective ecommerce options available to very small businesses (VSBs) with less than 50 employees, how do business owners know which channels make the most sense for their bottom line?