eBay CEO Devin Wenig Resigns, Citing Differences with Board

| Mike O'Brien

eBay announced the resignation of President and CEO Devin Wenig, who said in departing after eight years at the helm that he’s been out of sync with the company’s new board, of which he was a member. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Scott Schenkel, eBay’s senior vice president and CFO.

Amazon Reportedly Adjusted Search Algorithm to Favor Itself: WSJ

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has reportedly adjusted the search algorithm on its marketplace in such a way as to favor results more profitable to itself, including its own house brands competing with third-party sellers, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a charge which the company denies.

FTC Steps Up Investigation of Amazon Over Anti-Competitive Charges

| Mike O'Brien

Investigators from the FTC have begun interviewing merchants selling on Amazon’s third-party marketplace in an attempt to ascertain if the ecommerce giant is using anti-competitive practices, according to a report in Bloomberg. They’re asking merchants how much business they do on Amazon.com vs. other major marketplaces.

eBay Suite of Fulfillment Services Targets High-Volume Sellers

| Mike O'Brien

Taking a shot at Amazon’s leading position, eBay will launch a fulfillment program next year targeting high-volume sellers and tapping a network of partners to provide end-to-end services including shipping, tracking, warehousing and customer service. This is similar to a move made last month by ecommerce platform Shopify.

Prime Day Expected to Hit $5.8B in Sales; 250 Retailers Joining the Party

| Mike O'Brien

Prime Day, running for 48 hours on July 15-16, is expected to generate $5.8 billion in global sales, with an estimated 250 retailers drafting in its wake as more of them realize the huge potential. Also, Prime membership has grown to 105 million in the U.S., and electronics, home goods and apparel are the hot categories.

How to Win Amazon Prime Day, When You’re Not Amazon

| Eduardo Vilar

Amazon’s Prime Day 2018 became the biggest shopping day in its history, beating out Cyber Monday and Black Friday, resulting in a whopping 100 million products sold and an estimated $3.4 billion in sales. With the July event continuing to expand both on and off Amazon, it is critical for retailers and brands to have a strategy in place to win this year’s Prime Day, even when you’re not Amazon. Here are four ways to help retailers have an Prime Day strategy of their own.

Marketplace Facilitator Tax Laws: What They Are and How to Prepare

| Scott Peterson

Marketplace facilitators like Amazon, Etsy, Rakuten, Walmart.com and eBay, are now required in 10 states to collect and remit sales tax resulting from third-party transactions, and several additional states will follow suit. Preparation is the name of the game to be compliant with ever-changing tax legislation.

South Dakota vs. Wayfair, One Year Later

| Mike O'Brien

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota vs. Wayfair forever changed the ecommerce taxation landscape in the U.S. In the latest MCM CommerceChat podcast, we talk with Mike Bernard, chief tax officer at Vertex, about the ripple effects from the ruling impacting the entire ecommerce ecosystem.