Ecommerce Stories

  • China’s Singles’ Day hits staggering new heights

    China’s Singles’ Day hits staggering new heights

  • Tencent crushes analysts’ expectations in third quarter

    Tencent crushes analysts’ expectations in third quarter

  • Match Group really ‘has the hots’ for Bumble

    Match Group really ‘has the hots’ for Bumble

  • Amazon expands service to Tolkien’s Middle Earth

    Amazon expands service to Tolkien’s Middle Earth

  • JD.com posts surprise quarterly profit

    JD.com posts surprise quarterly profit

  • African growth is all about MCommerce – Visa looks to capitalize

    African growth is all about MCommerce – Visa looks to capitalize

  • Will Silicon Valley make a play for finance?

    Will Silicon Valley make a play for finance?

  • Visa innovates payments for Olympic athletes and fans

    Visa innovates payments for Olympic athletes and fans

  • Alibaba prepares retail experiment for Singles’ Day

    Alibaba prepares retail experiment for Singles’ Day

  • EA Boss: video game industry moving towards subscription based model

    EA Boss: video game industry moving towards subscription based model

  • Zalando: revenue up 28.7% despite weak October

    Zalando: revenue up 28.7% despite weak October

  • Amazon pushes further into own brand territory

    Amazon pushes further into own brand territory

  • Skyworks Solutions posts fourth quarter earnings, beats expectations

    Skyworks Solutions posts fourth quarter earnings, beats expectations

  • Mcommerce drives PayPal growth

    Mcommerce drives PayPal growth

  • Alibaba: beats on revenue, earnings, and increased guidance

    Alibaba: beats on revenue, earnings, and increased guidance

  • Activision Blizzard beats the street, raises guidance

    Activision Blizzard beats the street, raises guidance

  • Facebook’s earnings beat expectations – but the share price goes down

    Facebook’s earnings beat expectations – but the share price goes down

  • Ctrip sees strong third quarter – Skyscanner is strategic boon

    Ctrip sees strong third quarter – Skyscanner is strategic boon

  • Cognex reports record third quarter

    Cognex reports record third quarter

  • Activision researches matchmaking tactics to sell in-game items

    Activision researches matchmaking tactics to sell in-game items

  • Priceline: bullish on China, going local is key

    Priceline: bullish on China, going local is key

  • Amazon earnings: massive beat sends share up 7% after hours

    Amazon earnings: massive beat sends share up 7% after hours

  • Visa beats the street on profit in fourth quarter

    Visa beats the street on profit in fourth quarter

  • Amazon brings quick deliveries to work with Business Prime

    Amazon brings quick deliveries to work with Business Prime

  • Game developers turn to psychological profiling for long-term success

    Game developers turn to psychological profiling for long-term success

  • FedEx future may lie on a rocket ship

    FedEx future may lie on a rocket ship

  • Visa takes egalitarian approach to India: mass market solutions

    Visa takes egalitarian approach to India: mass market solutions

  • PayPal beats the street in third quarter

    PayPal beats the street in third quarter

  • eBay share price holds more or less steady on marginal earnings beat

    eBay share price holds more or less steady on marginal earnings beat

  • JD.com wants to innovate deliveries with an autonomous truck

    JD.com wants to innovate deliveries with an autonomous truck

  • DeepMind goes looking for new drugs

    DeepMind goes looking for new drugs

  • CIRP shines a light on the true value of Prime for Amazon

    CIRP shines a light on the true value of Prime for Amazon

  • Activision Blizzard prepares for Call of Duty: WWII

    Activision Blizzard prepares for Call of Duty: WWII

  • Facebook makes play for teens with latest acquisition

    Facebook makes play for teens with latest acquisition

  • Facebook’s plan for better political ad policing: national security clearance

    Facebook’s plan for better political ad policing: national security clearance

  • Amazon enters the sportswear arena

    Amazon enters the sportswear arena

  • Alibaba dedicates $15 billion to ‘Moonshots’

    Alibaba dedicates $15 billion to ‘Moonshots’

  • EA Games uses gamification to become better at business

    EA Games uses gamification to become better at business

  • Activision Blizzard gets esports right; other companies are getting it wrong

    Activision Blizzard gets esports right; other companies are getting it wrong

  • eBay offers world’s first “subconscious shopping experience”

    eBay offers world’s first “subconscious shopping experience”

  • Amazon: retailer, entertainer, cloud-host… drug dealer?

    Amazon: retailer, entertainer, cloud-host… drug dealer?

  • Payment providers stick together for global expansion

    Payment providers stick together for global expansion

  • Tencent is on the lookout for Indian start-ups

    Tencent is on the lookout for Indian start-ups

  • Amazon begins testing in-house delivery service

    Amazon begins testing in-house delivery service

  • Google, Siri, Bing, sit an IQ test – only one’s a brain box

    Google, Siri, Bing, sit an IQ test – only one’s a brain box

  • PayPal CEO: it’s expensive being poor

    PayPal CEO: it’s expensive being poor

  • Zuckerberg makes public apology for Facebook’s divisiveness

    Zuckerberg makes public apology for Facebook’s divisiveness

  • Google plays nice with publishers, ditches “first click free” policy

    Google plays nice with publishers, ditches “first click free” policy

  • Google, Amazon and Facebook: the future of wealth management?

    Google, Amazon and Facebook: the future of wealth management?

  • Activision Blizzard plans to make LA an eSports destination

    Activision Blizzard plans to make LA an eSports destination

Latest Ecommerce Stories

  • China’s Singles’ Day hits staggering new heights

    China’s Singles’ Day hits staggering new heights

    Ecommerce, Friday, 17 November 2017

    China’s Singles’ Day – a kind of anti-Valentine’s, where singletons get together to party – is by far the world’s biggest Ecommerce event. It started in Chinese universities, when students noticed that the date 11 / 11 was a ...
  • Tencent crushes analysts’ expectations in third quarter

    Tencent crushes analysts’ expectations in third quarter

    Ecommerce, Friday, 17 November 2017

    Chinese technology giant Tencent, the country’s king of mobile gaming and online messaging, blew analysts’ expectations out of the water this week when it reported its third quarter earnings. For the three-month period through September, the company ...
  • Match Group really ‘has the hots’ for Bumble

    Match Group really ‘has the hots’ for Bumble

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 16 November 2017

    In August, online dating guru Match Group – the company behind popular matchmaking services like Match.com, PlentyOfFish, and Tinder – made a play for smaller, female-friendly, rival Bumble. Now, it’s seeing whether perseverance really does pay ...
  • Amazon expands service to Tolkien’s Middle Earth

    Amazon expands service to Tolkien’s Middle Earth

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    This week, Amazon dropped a bombshell: it has acquired the global TV rights to ‘Lord of the Rings’ – J. R. R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novel in three parts. Lord of the Rings is the third best-selling book (because, according to Tolkien, it ...
  • JD.com posts surprise quarterly profit

    JD.com posts surprise quarterly profit

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    JD.com, China’s second-largest online retailer, posted quarterly figures for the three months ending September 30 that showed a surprise profit which beat analysts’ expectations. The company said that net income was 1 billion yuan ($151 million) against ...
  • African growth is all about MCommerce – Visa looks to capitalize

    African growth is all about MCommerce – Visa looks to capitalize

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 14 November 2017

    Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing a transformation, as MCommece solutions bring a level of financial agility and security to the continent that is unprecedented. Ethiopia, Africa’s fastest growing economy, is a good example: the country’s GDP is forecast ...
  • Will Silicon Valley make a play for finance?

    Will Silicon Valley make a play for finance?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 13 November 2017

    Amazon used to be an online bookseller. Now, it publishes books too, and has innovated the industry with the creation of its Kindle e-reader. And it doesn’t just sell books – those days are long behind it – now it sells pretty much any product you ...
  • Visa innovates payments for Olympic athletes and fans

    Visa innovates payments for Olympic athletes and fans

    Ecommerce, Monday, 13 November 2017

    Global cashless payment provider Visa has created three new wearable payment devices to celebrate the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The new products all use contactless technology, enabling users to wave them over any contactless-enabled terminal to ...
  • Alibaba prepares retail experiment for Singles’ Day

    Alibaba prepares retail experiment for Singles’ Day

    Ecommerce, Friday, 10 November 2017

    Chinese Ecommerce giant Alibaba is planning to reinvigorate physical retail this November 11, as it unveils a bold new plan for Singles’ Day. Singles’ Day is the cynical alternative to Valentine’s Day that has taken hold in the country – it ...
  • EA Boss: video game industry moving towards subscription based model

    EA Boss: video game industry moving towards subscription based model

    Ecommerce, Friday, 10 November 2017

    In a recent interview, Electronic Arts (EA) CEO Andrew Wilson has said that it may eventually stop releasing new versions of its most popular video games, relying on updates delivered through a subscription-based model. This is an industry trend that’s been ...
  • Zalando: revenue up 28.7% despite weak October

    Zalando: revenue up 28.7% despite weak October

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 09 November 2017

    German fashion retailer Zalando reported third quarter earnings this week that demonstrated a strong underlying business – even if there were a few points that investors didn’t celebrate. The company said that a “weaker than expected October” ...
  • Amazon pushes further into own brand territory

    Amazon pushes further into own brand territory

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 08 November 2017

    Ecommerce giant Amazon became successful by selling other people’s goods on its online platform, starting with books in the 90s, and moving through to a huge range of items today, that includes electronics, clothing, toys, and more. Earlier this year, news ...
  • Skyworks Solutions posts fourth quarter earnings, beats expectations

    Skyworks Solutions posts fourth quarter earnings, beats expectations

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 08 November 2017

    Skyworks Solutions, a semiconductor company poised to benefit from the trend towards the Internet of Things (broadly speaking, the widespread connection of numerous devices to the internet) posted fourth quarter earnings this week, exceeding expectations for ...
  • Mcommerce drives PayPal growth

    Mcommerce drives PayPal growth

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 07 November 2017

    PayPal reported incredibly strong figures for its third quarter last month: 21% up on revenue, and 31% up on profit, both year-on-year. What’s driving this growth? In large part, it’s the massive increase in M-commerce – that’s Ecommerce ...
  • Alibaba: beats on revenue, earnings, and increased guidance

    Alibaba: beats on revenue, earnings, and increased guidance

    Ecommerce, Monday, 06 November 2017

    Chinese Ecommerce giant Alibaba reported staggering earnings results last week, spurring it to raise its guidance, as sales rose at their fastest pace since Alibaba’s 2014 IPO. The company saw revenue growth of 61%, driven by 63% growth in its core Ecommerce ...
  • Activision Blizzard beats the street, raises guidance

    Activision Blizzard beats the street, raises guidance

    Ecommerce, Monday, 06 November 2017

    World leading video game developer and producer, Activision Blizzard, reported quarterly earnings at the end of last week, demonstrating a strong underlying business that is benefiting from more successful monetization. The company reported earnings per share of ...
  • Facebook’s earnings beat expectations – but the share price goes down

    Facebook’s earnings beat expectations – but the share price goes down

    Ecommerce, Friday, 03 November 2017

    Social network kingpin Facebook reported third quarter earnings for 2017 this week, easily beating analysts’ expectations. Nonetheless, shares in the company fell by 2% in after-hours trading, as Facebook’s chief financial officer David Wehner said that ...
  • Ctrip sees strong third quarter – Skyscanner is strategic boon

    Ctrip sees strong third quarter – Skyscanner is strategic boon

    Ecommerce, Friday, 03 November 2017

    Chinese online travel giant Ctrip reported strong figures for the third quarter of 2017. The company saw net revenue jump to 42% year on year, beating analysts’ expectations by 4%. The company saw some strong underlying figures too – most notably ...
  • Cognex reports record third quarter

    Cognex reports record third quarter

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 02 November 2017

    Machine vision systems, software, and sensor manufacturer Cognex reported third quarter earnings this week, setting a host of new records for the company. Cognex beat analysts’ expectations on earnings and revenue. The company delivered earnings of $1.14 per ...
  • Activision researches matchmaking tactics to sell in-game items

    Activision researches matchmaking tactics to sell in-game items

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 01 November 2017

    Activision Blizzard, one of the world’s biggest computer game companies, has been researching “matchmaking” as a way to shift more in-game items. In-game items could be anything from a new set of clothes for your video game character to wear to ...
  • Priceline: bullish on China, going local is key

    Priceline: bullish on China, going local is key

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 31 October 2017

    Online travel giant Priceline operates in 220 countries, but CEO Glenn Fogel is most bullish about one in particular: China. That’s why the company has almost 1,000 employees in the country, and has forged a collection of partnerships and investments that it ...
  • Amazon earnings: massive beat sends share up 7% after hours

    Amazon earnings: massive beat sends share up 7% after hours

    Ecommerce, Monday, 30 October 2017

    Ecommerce giant Amazon massively outperformed analysts’ expectations in the third quarter, as strong growth in North America and the company’s cloud computing segment made up for high inward investment. The third quarter usually sees smaller profit for ...
  • Visa beats the street on profit in fourth quarter

    Visa beats the street on profit in fourth quarter

    Ecommerce, Friday, 27 October 2017

    Global cashless payment provider Visa beat quarterly profit expectations when it released its latest earnings report on Wednesday. The company said that its payment volumes rose by 9.8% to $1.93 trillion on a constant dollar basis against the same period in 2016, ...
  • Amazon brings quick deliveries to work with Business Prime

    Amazon brings quick deliveries to work with Business Prime

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 26 October 2017

    Online business-to-business transactions will reach $1.2 trillion by 2021 in the U.S. market alone. At least, that’s what Forrester Research analyst Andy Hoar thinks, and it explains why Ecommerce giant Amazon is pushing a new Business Prime Shipping service. ...
  • Game developers turn to psychological profiling for long-term success

    Game developers turn to psychological profiling for long-term success

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 25 October 2017

    Video games continue to see their popularity increase, as they become the planet’s dominant form of entertainment. One huge boost to gaming has been the widespread adoption of mobile platforms – people who didn’t have the time or inclination to ...
  • FedEx future may lie on a rocket ship

    FedEx future may lie on a rocket ship

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 24 October 2017

    According to Morgan Stanley, Elon Musk’s commercial rocket ambitions could change the face of delivery services like FedEx in the not-too-distant future. There’s a precedent for this: in the 20th century, airplanes and Panamax cargo ships evolved the ...
  • Visa takes egalitarian approach to India: mass market solutions

    Visa takes egalitarian approach to India: mass market solutions

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 24 October 2017

    According to Visa’s group country manager in India, the company is taking an egalitarian approach to digital transactions in the country. T. R. Ramachandran said that Visa would be focusing on the “low-ticket and high-volume” market, rather than ...
  • PayPal beats the street in third quarter

    PayPal beats the street in third quarter

    Ecommerce, Monday, 23 October 2017

    Online payment provider PayPal has had a great year so far, and its third quarter results, released at the end of last week, have pushed it even further. The company’s share price was up by 79.28%, year to date, by end of play Friday, and this trajectory looks ...
  • eBay share price holds more or less steady on marginal earnings beat

    eBay share price holds more or less steady on marginal earnings beat

    Ecommerce, Monday, 23 October 2017

    After hours trading on Wednesday saw global Ecommerce auction site and marketplace eBay’s share price decline by 5%. Then, over the last two days of the week, it pretty much recovered, as investors weighed up how they feel about the company’s largely ...
  • JD.com wants to innovate deliveries with an autonomous truck

    JD.com wants to innovate deliveries with an autonomous truck

    Ecommerce, Monday, 23 October 2017

    China’s second-largest Ecommerce platform (top spot goes to Alibaba), and largest online retailer, JD.com, says it wants to innovate its delivery service. And the way it’s planning to do so is with an autonomous truck. The truck can, apparently, ...
  • DeepMind goes looking for new drugs

    DeepMind goes looking for new drugs

    Ecommerce, Friday, 20 October 2017

    Alphabet-owned DeepMind, widely hailed as the world’s smartest artificial intelligence (AI) platform, is being put to a new use: drug development. This marks the latest incursion of a tech giant into the pharmaceutical world – just a week or so ago, ...
  • CIRP shines a light on the true value of Prime for Amazon

    CIRP shines a light on the true value of Prime for Amazon

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 19 October 2017

    Amazon Prime, the Ecommerce giant’s incredibly popular subscription service, offers its customers a great deal. They get free postage and packing, access to the company’s streaming video on demand and music services, and more. But it’s an even ...
  • Activision Blizzard prepares for Call of Duty: WWII

    Activision Blizzard prepares for Call of Duty: WWII

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 18 October 2017

    In the world of computer games, which sees thousands of releases every year, how newsworthy is the launch of a single title? If that title is the next installment of Activision’s Call of Duty (CoD) franchise, then the answer is “extremely ...
  • Facebook makes play for teens with latest acquisition

    Facebook makes play for teens with latest acquisition

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 18 October 2017

    Social media giant Facebook is acquiring anonymous friend-polling app TBH. TBH, which stands for To Be Honest, lets users anonymously answer questions about their friends. For example, the app might say “always has the best hair” and the user would ...
  • Facebook’s plan for better political ad policing: national security clearance

    Facebook’s plan for better political ad policing: national security clearance

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 17 October 2017

    Social media market leader Facebook has a new plan to ensure it isn’t caught up in another scandal like the one that followed the last presidential election in the U.S. – to get national security clearance. Or, more specifically, to hire people with ...
  • Amazon enters the sportswear arena

    Amazon enters the sportswear arena

    Ecommerce, Monday, 16 October 2017

    Online retail giant Amazon is working with some of the world’s biggest athletic apparel suppliers to start creating its own private-label sportswear. The sportswear sector has its fair share of challenges at the moment, and Amazon is sure to shake it up ...
  • Alibaba dedicates $15 billion to ‘Moonshots’

    Alibaba dedicates $15 billion to ‘Moonshots’

    Ecommerce, Friday, 13 October 2017

    Chinese Ecommerce giant Alibaba will “more than double” the research and development budget it uses to create next-gen technology. This means that, over the next three years, the company plans to spend $15 billion exploring ‘moonshot’ ...
  • EA Games uses gamification to become better at business

    EA Games uses gamification to become better at business

    Ecommerce, Friday, 13 October 2017

    Perhaps it’s no surprise, but one of the world’s leading video game developers and publishers, Electronic Arts (EA), relies on gamification to make its business better. In an interview with Singularity University, the company’s vice president of ...
  • Activision Blizzard gets esports right; other companies are getting it wrong

    Activision Blizzard gets esports right; other companies are getting it wrong

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 12 October 2017

    Esports is undoubtedly going to be a major force in the video games sector going forward – but we’re just at the start of it. And it’s notable that despite the critical mass building up behind the pastime, early forays into it have met with certain ...
  • eBay offers world’s first “subconscious shopping experience”

    eBay offers world’s first “subconscious shopping experience”

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 11 October 2017

    Ecommerce giant eBay has joined forces with specialist retailer Saatchi Art to create an “experimental shopping experience” that fuses art and technology to “uncover shoppers’ subconscious desires.” For two days, the companies invited a ...
  • Amazon: retailer, entertainer, cloud-host… drug dealer?

    Amazon: retailer, entertainer, cloud-host… drug dealer?

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 10 October 2017

    If two analysts from Leerink Partners are to be believed, Ecommerce giant Amazon is about to start selling drugs. Prescription drugs, that is, in a move that will put serious pressure on other names in the space. The move will add yet another product category to the ...
  • Payment providers stick together for global expansion

    Payment providers stick together for global expansion

    Ecommerce, Monday, 09 October 2017

    MasterCard and PayPal, two payment providers at the center of the cashless revolution, have extended their longstanding partnership into Europe, Canada, Latin America and Caribbean, and the Middle East and Africa. The companies believe that working together will ...
  • Tencent is on the lookout for Indian start-ups

    Tencent is on the lookout for Indian start-ups

    Ecommerce, Monday, 09 October 2017

    Chinese mobile gaming giant Tencent doesn’t want to get left behind. As other big Ecommerce players – like Amazon, and rival Alibaba – make in-roads into India, Tencent has started scouting around for promising Indian start-ups to invest in through ...
  • Amazon begins testing in-house delivery service

    Amazon begins testing in-house delivery service

    Ecommerce, Friday, 06 October 2017

    Online retail giant Amazon is testing its own delivery service, in a move that will no doubt spook longtime partners FedEx and UPS. The company hopes to make more of its products available for free two-day delivery, relieving overcrowding in its warehouses and ...
  • Google, Siri, Bing, sit an IQ test – only one’s a brain box

    Google, Siri, Bing, sit an IQ test – only one’s a brain box

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 05 October 2017

    IQ tests are controversial amongst the public, but intelligence researchers consider them to be reliable tools for gauging cognitive abilities. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before someone used them to assess the capabilities of internet search ...
  • PayPal CEO: it’s expensive being poor

    PayPal CEO: it’s expensive being poor

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 04 October 2017

    Online payment provider PayPal has been consistent in trying to help people with less live financially secure lives, whether that’s by offering a great credit service, or making it easier for working mother’s to return to the company. Now, the ...
  • Zuckerberg makes public apology for Facebook’s divisiveness

    Zuckerberg makes public apology for Facebook’s divisiveness

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 04 October 2017

    Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has posted a public apology for the ways in which his “work was used to divide people”. Posting on Facebook itself, Zukerberg chose to use the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur – the holiest day of the ...
  • Google plays nice with publishers, ditches “first click free” policy

    Google plays nice with publishers, ditches “first click free” policy

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 03 October 2017

    Getting visibility in Google News is a major goal for publishers big and small. The service is so powerful that they pretty much have to accede to Google’s demands if they want to succeed online. But that doesn’t mean they have to be happy about it. One ...
  • Google, Amazon and Facebook: the future of wealth management?

    Google, Amazon and Facebook: the future of wealth management?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 02 October 2017

    According to consulting firm Capgemini, more than half of high-net-worth individuals would let Amazon, Google and Facebook manage their money. Researchers said that 56.2% of the world’s richest detailed in their World Wealth Report 2017 would consider using ...
  • Activision Blizzard plans to make LA an eSports destination

    Activision Blizzard plans to make LA an eSports destination

    Ecommerce, Friday, 29 September 2017

    Activision Blizzard’s new eSports arena – the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles – is opening in just over a week. The company has created a 50,000 square foot arena that can accommodate 450 people and house multiple stages, broadcast stations, practice ...