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Shopify goes “global by default”

Shopify goes “global by default”

This week's newsletter continues highlighting the trend of internalization and consolidation in the e-commerce space with news of platforms adding core features to gain market share, compete against each other, and bring it all in-house. Meanwhile, India is pushing...

Amazon POS, Yotpo Deal, & Holiday Shipping

Amazon POS, Yotpo Deal, & Holiday Shipping

How would you define a "marketplace"? What should or shouldn't a marketplace be able to do different than a typical retailer? Where do a marketplace's fiduciary and ethical responsibilities lie between their consumers, merchants, and their own bottom line? Can...

Amazon airplanes, Best Buy sells grills, & Facebook Pay on Shopify

Amazon airplanes, Best Buy sells grills, & Facebook Pay on Shopify

E-commerce shipping and logistics demand has officially outpaced traditional supply. For years, e-commerce sellers skated by within existing routes and infrastructures offered by USPS, FedEx, DHL, UPS and other carriers, but now delivery has become a whole new...

Amazon’s Victory, Shopify’s Lawsuit & India’s Open E-commerce

Amazon’s Victory, Shopify’s Lawsuit & India’s Open E-commerce

This is the 31st edition of the Shopifreaks newsletter. I hope you've been enjoying my weekly curation of the most important e-commerce news. I've got a 60 second favor to ask you... I just launched a Google Business Listing for Shopifreaks. Can you drop me a review?...

Ad revenue has gone through the roof!

Ad revenue has gone through the roof!

If Puff Daddy were to release a remix of his 1997 hit "It's All About The Benjamins" today, he might rename the song, "It's All About The Ad Revenue" -- because ad space is worth more than paper money in 2021! Practically every online company has announced record...

Everyone’s jumping on the BNPL train

Everyone’s jumping on the BNPL train

BNPL (or "Buy Now Pay Later") is the hottest thing right now to bring in-house, and I can understand the appeal. That interest revenue on financed purchases looks sexy on balance sheets, and merchants love it because they tend to see an increase in conversions and...

E-flation, Twitter Shops, & Shopify NFTs

E-flation, Twitter Shops, & Shopify NFTs

It's been a big week in e-commerce with Q2 earnings reports reigniting excitement from investors alongside big players making big moves (some good, some bad, and others tbd). The lines between e-commerce / social media / and fintech continue to blur as companies look...

eBay goes American Psycho, XPO spinouts, & Indian unicorns

eBay goes American Psycho, XPO spinouts, & Indian unicorns

Growing up in the emerging world of technology during the 90s and early 2000s, the Internet was spoken about early on as a liberator from big industry. It was supposed to level the playing field and allow information, products, and services to bypass the gatekeepers...

Facebook Pay, Amazon Aggregators, and Cardboard

Facebook Pay, Amazon Aggregators, and Cardboard

Thanks for being an active reader of my Shopifreaks newsletter. As a reminder, this is a community project and I value your contributions. Whenever you come across share-worthy e-commerce news, you can e-mail it to paul@shopifreaks.com (or simply hit reply to any of...

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