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🎁 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...

📈 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...

🖃 Stamps.com goes private & BigCommerce Eurotrips

🖃 Stamps.com goes private & BigCommerce Eurotrips

It's been 7 days since Andy Jassy was inaugurated as CEO of Amazon and the world hasn't fallen apart yet. While tons of analysts have ideas about how well he will succeed in the role and in which areas he will leave his mark on Amazon -- they are all speculations. So...

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