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  • Alibaba pumps more money into CICC investment bank

    Alibaba pumps more money into CICC investment bank

  • Amazon’s next venture: sustainability

    Amazon’s next venture: sustainability

  • As Netflix cancels Jessica Jones and The Punisher, it’s the end of an era

    As Netflix cancels Jessica Jones and The Punisher, it’s the end of an era

  • Who stands to benefit from Brexit? Facebook

    Who stands to benefit from Brexit? Facebook

  • Grubhub: the future is restaurant chains

    Grubhub: the future is restaurant chains

  • Amazon: No Way New York

    Amazon: No Way New York

  • America: Netflix and chill? Maybe just Netflix

    America: Netflix and chill? Maybe just Netflix

  • Facebook’s next target: video

    Facebook’s next target: video

  • Mastercard unveils new “sonic” brand

    Mastercard unveils new “sonic” brand

  • Amazon to buy Eero to push into connected home market

    Amazon to buy Eero to push into connected home market

  • Facebook tries talking the EU’s language on political advertising

    Facebook tries talking the EU’s language on political advertising

  • Match continues outperformance with Tinder as jewel in its crown

    Match continues outperformance with Tinder as jewel in its crown

  • Amazon makes its next competitors clear with a regulatory filing

    Amazon makes its next competitors clear with a regulatory filing

  • Alphabet smashes expectations – but rising costs make investors skittish

    Alphabet smashes expectations – but rising costs make investors skittish

  • Booking Holdings new report details “The Next Billion” people to go online

    Booking Holdings new report details “The Next Billion” people to go online

  • Amazon beat the Street in every way possible – here’s why the share price went down

    Amazon beat the Street in every way possible – here’s why the share price went down

  • Mastercard triples profit in fourth quarter of 2018

    Mastercard triples profit in fourth quarter of 2018

  • Visa beats expectations on higher traffic volume

    Visa beats expectations on higher traffic volume

  • PayPal and Mastercard: Big Tech plus big banks can work

    PayPal and Mastercard: Big Tech plus big banks can work

  • As politicians argue for internet regulations, Alibaba’s Jack Ma has words of warning

    As politicians argue for internet regulations, Alibaba’s Jack Ma has words of warning

  • Which of its competitors is Netflix focussed on? The answer might surprise you!

    Which of its competitors is Netflix focussed on? The answer might surprise you!

  • China joins WTO talks on $25 trillion ecommerce sector

    China joins WTO talks on $25 trillion ecommerce sector

  • Amazon brings ‘Scout’ delivery robots to Seattle outskirts

    Amazon brings ‘Scout’ delivery robots to Seattle outskirts

  • Mastercard crashes Visa’s party – will a bidding war ensue?

    Mastercard crashes Visa’s party – will a bidding war ensue?

  • Baidu wants to close the gap in mobile apps – and it knows just how to do it

    Baidu wants to close the gap in mobile apps – and it knows just how to do it

  • When it comes to online advertising, Amazon is a giant in the making

    When it comes to online advertising, Amazon is a giant in the making

  • Netflix breaks new ground with Roma Oscars nomination

    Netflix breaks new ground with Roma Oscars nomination

  • Amazon Go’s plans to recreate the high street spawn imitators

    Amazon Go’s plans to recreate the high street spawn imitators

  • PayPal: the US government might be shut down, but its employees’ access to credit isn’t

    PayPal: the US government might be shut down, but its employees’ access to credit isn’t

  • Burned by free trials? Mastercard has your back

    Burned by free trials? Mastercard has your back

  • Amazon makes MARS offshoot open to the public

    Amazon makes MARS offshoot open to the public

  • Netflix’s share price declines after narrow miss on revenue, beat on earnings and subscriber growth

    Netflix’s share price declines after narrow miss on revenue, beat on earnings and subscriber growth

  • Just prior to its earnings release, Netflix is rallying hard – here’s why

    Just prior to its earnings release, Netflix is rallying hard – here’s why

  • Grubhub most popular food delivery app in US

    Grubhub most popular food delivery app in US

  • We’re approaching a world where you could live on Amazon alone

    We’re approaching a world where you could live on Amazon alone

  • Expedia’s HomeAway brand sees room to grow in “alternative housing”

    Expedia’s HomeAway brand sees room to grow in “alternative housing”

  • Google goes on the offensive at CES 2019

    Google goes on the offensive at CES 2019

  • Millennial consumerism is driving delivery services

    Millennial consumerism is driving delivery services

  • Baidu: well my voice assistant sold 200 million!

    Baidu: well my voice assistant sold 200 million!

  • Amazon and Walmart join forces to lobby over Indian ecommerce

    Amazon and Walmart join forces to lobby over Indian ecommerce

  • Amazon releases closely guarded secret in surprise data-drop!

    Amazon releases closely guarded secret in surprise data-drop!

  • Is Netflix looking at ways to make more (or spend less) money?

    Is Netflix looking at ways to make more (or spend less) money?

  • Apple goes ex-growth

    Apple goes ex-growth

  • Google sets new precedents in landmark facial recognition lawsuit

    Google sets new precedents in landmark facial recognition lawsuit

  • Netflix ends 2018 with a bang

    Netflix ends 2018 with a bang

  • China ends video game licensing freeze

    China ends video game licensing freeze

  • Forget the tech backlash – Amazon has just had a record holiday season!

    Forget the tech backlash – Amazon has just had a record holiday season!

  • The common wisdom is wrong again – streaming and theatrical aren’t at war

    The common wisdom is wrong again – streaming and theatrical aren’t at war

  • Amazon’s not the only one investing in cities – Google commits “more than” $1 billion to NYC campus

    Amazon’s not the only one investing in cities – Google commits “more than” $1 billion to NYC campus

  • Mastercard: disrupting cash will lead to a better, more prosperous, future

    Mastercard: disrupting cash will lead to a better, more prosperous, future

Latest Ecommerce Stories

  • Alibaba pumps more money into CICC investment bank

    Alibaba pumps more money into CICC investment bank

    Ecommerce, Friday, 22 February 2019

    Chinese ecommerce titan Alibaba has increased its stake in prestigious investment bank China International Capital Corp (CICC). According to early reports, the company is paying “about” $230 million to own a bigger share of CICC. That share now comes in ...
  • Amazon’s next venture: sustainability

    Amazon’s next venture: sustainability

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 21 February 2019

    News broke earlier this week about Amazon’s next big venture. But it’s not planning to disrupt yet another industry, or beat Elon Musk to Mars – this time, the company’s goals are far more down to earth: it wants to go green. When ...
  • As Netflix cancels Jessica Jones and The Punisher, it’s the end of an era

    As Netflix cancels Jessica Jones and The Punisher, it’s the end of an era

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 21 February 2019

    One day, we may well look back at the announcement that streaming video on demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix has cancelled the last of its Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) shows as the moment that ended the first great era of streaming video services. For the last ...
  • Who stands to benefit from Brexit? Facebook

    Who stands to benefit from Brexit? Facebook

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 20 February 2019

    If you follow the news, you’ll realise that people are still up-in-arms about Brexit. As the fated-date draws closer, and Mrs. May’s deal-making remains unsuccessful, certain sectors of the British population are in panic mode. However, not everyone is ...
  • Grubhub: the future is restaurant chains

    Grubhub: the future is restaurant chains

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    According to food order and delivery market leader, restaurant chain partnerships are going to be a big part of its business in the coming year. The company told reporters recently that the success it’s garnered from its partnership with Yum Brands so far will ...
  • Amazon: No Way New York

    Amazon: No Way New York

    Ecommerce, Monday, 18 February 2019

    Earlier this year, Amazon announced that it would build (one of) its second headquarters in New York, bringing as many as 40,000 jobs to the area, which would have had an average salary (the company promised) of $150,000. Last week, that plan changed. The ecommerce ...
  • America: Netflix and chill? Maybe just Netflix

    America: Netflix and chill? Maybe just Netflix

    Ecommerce, Friday, 15 February 2019

    Netflix is a hugely popular service. How popular? New research suggests that, for at least some consumers in its home territory of the US, Netflix might be better than sex! 500 Americans between 18 and 54 years old, slightly more than half (56%) of whom were female, ...
  • Facebook’s next target: video

    Facebook’s next target: video

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 14 February 2019

    Facebook’s got a new (well, kind of new) target in its sights: video creators. Okay, it’s not that new. The company’s hosted videos for a while and been looking to monetize them more fully for years – but given the furore of the last 12 ...
  • Mastercard unveils new “sonic” brand

    Mastercard unveils new “sonic” brand

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Just a month after dropping its name from its logo, Mastercard’s rebranding continues. This week, the company has debuted something… well, rather unexpected: a ‘sonic’ brand. The company described the melodic auditory tag as a way to tap ...
  • Amazon to buy Eero to push into connected home market

    Amazon to buy Eero to push into connected home market

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Ecommerce titan Amazon is looking to make a forceful push into the connected home space, boosting the impact of its home devices (like the Echo speaker, and Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa) with a new purchase. That purchase is of WiFi-networking ...
  • Facebook tries talking the EU’s language on political advertising

    Facebook tries talking the EU’s language on political advertising

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 12 February 2019

    When it comes to Big Tech, one region is particularly keen to see regulatory oversight win the day: the European Union (EU). The EU’s implementation of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) last May was ground-breaking in regards to what it expects of ...
  • Match continues outperformance with Tinder as jewel in its crown

    Match continues outperformance with Tinder as jewel in its crown

    Ecommerce, Monday, 11 February 2019

    Online romance expert Match Group, the company behind digital dating services like Match.com, PlentyOfFish, and Tinder, reported earnings last week that beat the Street on pretty much every metric. As has previously been the case, the company’s ‘casual ...
  • Amazon makes its next competitors clear with a regulatory filing

    Amazon makes its next competitors clear with a regulatory filing

    Ecommerce, Friday, 08 February 2019

    Ecommerce giant Amazon is rapidly expanding into so many new industries, it might just end up competing with everyone! In a recent regulatory filing, the company has added “transportation and logistics services” to the ever-growing list of areas in which ...
  • Alphabet smashes expectations – but rising costs make investors skittish

    Alphabet smashes expectations – but rising costs make investors skittish

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 07 February 2019

    Internet titan Alphabet, the company once-known as Google (and now parent to the ‘new’ Google, which is basically search, advertising, and anything else with the Google name) reported earnings this week that smashed analysts’ expectations out of ...
  • Booking Holdings new report details “The Next Billion” people to go online

    Booking Holdings new report details “The Next Billion” people to go online

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 06 February 2019

    A new survey by the world’s leading online accommodation and travel ecommerce company, Booking Holdings, has shined a light on the near future of internet adoption. According to the report, simply called “The Next Billion Online”, the biggest ...
  • Amazon beat the Street in every way possible – here’s why the share price went down

    Amazon beat the Street in every way possible – here’s why the share price went down

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 05 February 2019

    Ecommerce giant Amazon finished last week with a keenly-awaited earnings report. Investors and analysts got a pleasant surprise as the company delivered solid outperformance on every single metric that analysts care enough about to predict. That’s a good ...
  • Mastercard triples profit in fourth quarter of 2018

    Mastercard triples profit in fourth quarter of 2018

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 05 February 2019

    Cashless transaction giant Mastercard reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 at the end of last week. The company offered investors an incredible set of results that overshot Wall Street’s expectations and demonstrated phenomenal growth from the ...
  • Visa beats expectations on higher traffic volume

    Visa beats expectations on higher traffic volume

    Ecommerce, Monday, 04 February 2019

    Payments giant Visa, long the king of cashless transactions, reported earnings last Wednesday that beat analysts’ predictions thanks to an incredibly busy holiday season. Visa, of course, is not the only payments giant to benefit from this trend (see another ...
  • PayPal and Mastercard: Big Tech plus big banks can work

    PayPal and Mastercard: Big Tech plus big banks can work

    Ecommerce, Friday, 01 February 2019

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, executives from PayPal and Mastercard told listeners that partnerships between big banks and Big Tech can work. According to both firms, they see partnerships with banks as delivering new experiences and ...
  • As politicians argue for internet regulations, Alibaba’s Jack Ma has words of warning

    As politicians argue for internet regulations, Alibaba’s Jack Ma has words of warning

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 31 January 2019

    Politicians at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have been vocal about their desire to see regulation of the technology sector. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his country’s hosting of the 2019 G20 summit would be used to ...
  • Which of its competitors is Netflix focussed on? The answer might surprise you!

    Which of its competitors is Netflix focussed on? The answer might surprise you!

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 30 January 2019

    Streaming Video on Demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix is fresh off reporting a strong set of quarterly results. Having also announced a price hike that pleased investors, and didn’t seem to bother viewers, it’s worth considering who the company has in ...
  • China joins WTO talks on $25 trillion ecommerce sector

    China joins WTO talks on $25 trillion ecommerce sector

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 29 January 2019

    In a last-minute twist, China reversed a decision to sit-out World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks that centre on instituting a digital trade accord. Initially, China (quite likely the world’s single most important ecommerce market) had chosen to miss the talks ...
  • Amazon brings ‘Scout’ delivery robots to Seattle outskirts

    Amazon brings ‘Scout’ delivery robots to Seattle outskirts

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 29 January 2019

    Well, it’s finally happened – Amazon is introducing delivery robots, and it’s starting with the suburbs north of Seattle. Last Wednesday, the company announced that its new “Amazon Scout” delivery robots – which are about the size ...
  • Mastercard crashes Visa’s party – will a bidding war ensue?

    Mastercard crashes Visa’s party – will a bidding war ensue?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 28 January 2019

    Visa recently made an acquisition bid on British cross-border payments specialist Earthport. The bid looked like a good deal – until Mastercard got involved. Visa’s long-time rival in the cashless transaction segment decided to derail the potential talks ...
  • Baidu wants to close the gap in mobile apps – and it knows just how to do it

    Baidu wants to close the gap in mobile apps – and it knows just how to do it

    Ecommerce, Friday, 25 January 2019

    The Chinese internet is dominated by three powerful tech titans: Baidu (the country’s pre-eminent search engine), Alibaba (the ecommerce expert), and Tencent (with specialisations in entertainment and social media). In recent times, Baidu – often called, ...
  • When it comes to online advertising, Amazon is a giant in the making

    When it comes to online advertising, Amazon is a giant in the making

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 24 January 2019

    There’s a third name in online advertising: Amazon. The ecommerce giant (which is known for being an “everything shop” but also has major businesses in areas as diverse as cloud computing and streaming entertainment services) is competing against ...
  • Netflix breaks new ground with Roma Oscars nomination

    Netflix breaks new ground with Roma Oscars nomination

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 24 January 2019

    Streaming video on demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix has broken new ground by receiving a “Best Picture” nomination for its Spanish family drama Roma. The company had previously pegged Roma as a potential critical success, giving it a cinematic release ...
  • Amazon Go’s plans to recreate the high street spawn imitators

    Amazon Go’s plans to recreate the high street spawn imitators

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 23 January 2019

    Imitation, the say, is the most-sincere for of flattery. If that’s true, then Amazon must be feeling very flattered indeed. Just one year after its debut, Amazon Go – the ecommerce giant’s fledgling brick-and-mortar empire that is famous for its ...
  • PayPal: the US government might be shut down, but its employees’ access to credit isn’t

    PayPal: the US government might be shut down, but its employees’ access to credit isn’t

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 22 January 2019

    Due to apparently intractable differences of opinion between President Trump and certain US lawmakers (specifically, their opposition to his proposed border wall between Mexico and the US), the federal government has been shut down since December 22, 2018. This is ...
  • Burned by free trials? Mastercard has your back

    Burned by free trials? Mastercard has your back

    Ecommerce, Monday, 21 January 2019

    It’s a familiar story: you sign up for a month-long free trial, decide a service isn’t for you, forget to cancel it, and just like that you have a direct debit going out of your account every month. Depending on which company we’re talking about ...
  • Amazon makes MARS offshoot open to the public

    Amazon makes MARS offshoot open to the public

    Ecommerce, Monday, 21 January 2019

    Ever heard of ecommerce giant Amazon’s MARS conference? Unless you’re on a very selective list of invitees, the answer is probably not. The planet-like acronym, in this instance, stands for Machine learning, Automation, Robotics, and Space, and the ...
  • Netflix’s share price declines after narrow miss on revenue, beat on earnings and subscriber growth

    Netflix’s share price declines after narrow miss on revenue, beat on earnings and subscriber growth

    Ecommerce, Friday, 18 January 2019

    Streaming video on demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix reported quarterly earnings after the bell last night, and its share price declined as a result. The reason for the decline is simple: Netflix hasn’t brought in as much revenue as investors would like. ...
  • Just prior to its earnings release, Netflix is rallying hard – here’s why

    Just prior to its earnings release, Netflix is rallying hard – here’s why

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 17 January 2019

    After the bell today, streaming video on demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix will report earnings for the quarter ended December. And, if the market is anything to go by, expectations are high. Since Christmas Eve, the company’s share price has soared by 37% - ...
  • Grubhub most popular food delivery app in US

    Grubhub most popular food delivery app in US

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 16 January 2019

    According to new research from digital marketing firm Zion & Zion, food ordering and delivery app Grubhub is more popular than any of its competitors. The app has 37.8% market share, with Uber Eats trailing closely behind at 36% and DoorDash in third place at ...
  • We’re approaching a world where you could live on Amazon alone

    We’re approaching a world where you could live on Amazon alone

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 15 January 2019

    The soon-to-be world’s most eligible bachelor, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has never made a secret of his plans to turn Amazon into an ‘everything shop’. Many people would say it’s nearly there. And, if the company’s forays into new ...
  • Expedia’s HomeAway brand sees room to grow in “alternative housing”

    Expedia’s HomeAway brand sees room to grow in “alternative housing”

    Ecommerce, Monday, 14 January 2019

    Expedia president and CEO Mark Okerstrom has high hopes for growth in the coming years. Despite recently explaining his view that Expedia was now competing with the likes of Google and Facebook, the online travel expert’s head honcho noted that the global ...
  • Google goes on the offensive at CES 2019

    Google goes on the offensive at CES 2019

    Ecommerce, Friday, 11 January 2019

    The big news this week – at least in the technology sector – is this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. It’s the tech sector’s biggest event of the year, and often gives consumers a sneak peak at the trends that will be propelling ...
  • Millennial consumerism is driving delivery services

    Millennial consumerism is driving delivery services

    Ecommerce, Friday, 11 January 2019

    How do Millennials like to shop? As almost all successful retailers will tell you, the answer to that is online. That doesn’t necessarily mean that brick-and-mortar is done for – there’s still a place to experiment with products that you want to ...
  • Baidu: well my voice assistant sold 200 million!

    Baidu: well my voice assistant sold 200 million!

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 10 January 2019

    At the beginning of this week, we reported on Amazon’s surprise announcement that it had shifted 100 million devices with its virtual personal assistant Alexa. Now, Chinese internet giant Baidu has joined the party, announcing that its own voice assistant has ...
  • Amazon and Walmart join forces to lobby over Indian ecommerce

    Amazon and Walmart join forces to lobby over Indian ecommerce

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 09 January 2019

    If you follow the news at all, you probably don’t think of ecommerce titan Amazon and retail empire Walmart as the best of friends. In fact, far from it. The two everything-shop giants have fought across various battlegrounds, but one of the most recent is the ...
  • Amazon releases closely guarded secret in surprise data-drop!

    Amazon releases closely guarded secret in surprise data-drop!

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 08 January 2019

    Here’s a quick question: how many devices has Amazon sold that contain its virtual personal assistant Alexa? Up until the weekend just gone, no one knew (well, except the powers that be at Amazon, who have remained tight-lipped for years). But now, the ...
  • Is Netflix looking at ways to make more (or spend less) money?

    Is Netflix looking at ways to make more (or spend less) money?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 07 January 2019

    Streaming video on demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix burns through cash like there’s no tomorrow. Ironically, it’s doing this precisely because there is a tomorrow: just like we saw with Amazon last decade, Netflix is choosing to sacrifice ...
  • Apple goes ex-growth

    Apple goes ex-growth

    Ecommerce, Friday, 04 January 2019

    Yesterday, Apple embedded a profit warning (the first in 10 years) in Tim’s Cooks letter to investors. This triggered a -8% decline in post market trading. Apple, which had guided for ‘slight growth’ in its last quarter’s revenue guidance, ...
  • Google sets new precedents in landmark facial recognition lawsuit

    Google sets new precedents in landmark facial recognition lawsuit

    Ecommerce, Friday, 04 January 2019

    In news that will undoubtedly have a major impact in the future of technology, Silicon Valley heavyweight Google has recently seen a case against it dismissed by an Illinois judge. The case focussed on Google’s breach of the Illinois Biometric Information ...
  • Netflix ends 2018 with a bang

    Netflix ends 2018 with a bang

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 03 January 2019

    Streaming Video on Demand (SVOD) market leader Netflix said goodbye to 2018 by unloading a strong portfolio of original content throughout December. The company made a strong play for streaming video dominance in 2018, committing billions of dollars to the creation ...
  • China ends video game licensing freeze

    China ends video game licensing freeze

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 03 January 2019

    In brilliant news for investors, the Financial Times has reported that Chinese regulators have ended their nine-month freeze on video game approvals. Citing the country’s top media regulator, the paper says that Beijing has resumed licensing, which was put on ...
  • Forget the tech backlash – Amazon has just had a record holiday season!

    Forget the tech backlash – Amazon has just had a record holiday season!

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 02 January 2019

    If you only read headlines, you might have felt like it was all doom and gloom for the tech sector in the last part of 2018. But don’t be fooled – underlying business remains as strong as ever. The most recent proof of this comes from ecommerce giant ...
  • The common wisdom is wrong again – streaming and theatrical aren’t at war

    The common wisdom is wrong again – streaming and theatrical aren’t at war

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 20 December 2018

    If you believe everything you read – and many of us do – then you could be forgiven for thinking that movie theatres and streaming video on demand market-leader Netflix are competitors. This opinion is proffered by countless authorities, and tends to be ...
  • Amazon’s not the only one investing in cities – Google commits “more than” $1 billion to NYC campus

    Amazon’s not the only one investing in cities – Google commits “more than” $1 billion to NYC campus

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 19 December 2018

    Amazon’s recent announcement that it would be investing in not one, but two “second” headquarters has garnered a lot of headlines. And rightly so: the company will be spending an incredible amount of money and adding thousands of jobs in New York ...
  • Mastercard: disrupting cash will lead to a better, more prosperous, future

    Mastercard: disrupting cash will lead to a better, more prosperous, future

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    Worldwide, the total proportion of payments that are made in cash (85%) has stayed the same since 2010. According to Mastercard, that’s an unnecessary drain on the global economy. The cashless transaction giant has decided to take matters into its own hands, ...