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E-Commerce News: 16-23 December 2016

Hello! It is crazy how many things can happen in one week, right? Especially in these last weeks of the year when all ecommerce professionals are checking profits, performance and other stats, finding the time to keep yourself updated can be difficult. No worries! We are here to help. Let’s take a look at what happened last week in the ecommerce world.

  • Ontario regulated its pricing policies for the travelling sector. Starting the 1st of January, businesses will have to show the full price, including all fees and taxes, preventing expensive surprises for the customers in the final step.
  • Buy buttons in social media are not working as well as expected, so 40% of merchants think they will reduce the use of this tool. Read the summary of Business Insider’s report.
  • A Canadian business owner was forced to close his ecommerce website to prevent credit card fraud. Thieves bought a great amount of products on his site and the bank wasn’t able to avoid it.
  • China’s government is discussing future regulations of ecommerce which, considering the size of the market and the influence it has in the rest of the world, is a great responsibility.
  • Wal-Mart is giving more and more importance to its ecommerce section and as a result, they have started to work in a multi-cloud platform to integrate their retail and infrastructure sector with their ecommerce one.
  • Ecommerce is a world of opportunities and not only for retailers. Cities have found that having an ecommerce giant warehouse located in area means the creation of hundreds or even thousands of jobs. See how Fresno city is trying to get an Amazon warehouse.
  • Econsultancy did a nice article looking back at the rest of the year to analyze the trends that ruled 2016.
  • The Polish ecommerce sector is expected to double by 2020. According to Rzeczpospolita, the market still has a great growth potential, though the competition is quite high. They recommend using big data as a way to adapt the offer to customers’ needs.
  • Curious data is emerging from ecommerce in India: Both revenues and losses are getting bigger with time. It seems the extreme competition of the market is making it difficult to convert revenues into profits.
  • As always, eMarketer is producing some of the most interesting insights about ecommerce evolution. This time they offer us some useful information about millennials in China.
  • Not everything is gold in ecommerce and this article by The Guardian gives us a good overview of SMEs problems regarding online selling.
  • Slovenian ecommerce continues growing. Ecommercenews estimates it is growing 35-40% and there are more than 3,000 online stores in the country.
  • DHL is collaborating with the Ministry of Commerce in Thailand to help Thai rice farmers boost their online presence and sales. DHL helped them to offer their products through BentoWeb, a popular ecommerce platform in the country.
  • SingPost inaugurated its ecommerce sorting office last month. It is capable of handling up to 100,000 parcels a day. In this article, you will find many more companies dedicated to deliveries adapting their infrastructures to the new reality of ecommerce.
  • Ikea launched an ecommerce platform for Saudi Arabia. They announced it last October and now it is active in some cities as a test.
  • Four warehouses of JD.com were partially damaged by fire in the north of China. Fortunately there weren’t any casualties.
  • Also in Prisync we published our ecommerce report about Israel, we explained How Brand Managers Can Use Prisync and we had Jake Rheude giving us 10 E-commerce Tips for Surviving this Christmas Season in our guest post. All of it is in our blog so do follow us to stay updated!

Everything has to have an end, and this is the one for this article. We wish you very happy days this weekend no matter your uses or beliefs. And we hope to have you back next week to check more publications about ecommerce and everything related to it.

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