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Marketplaces Year in Review 2018

The Year in Review looks at the state of marketplaces and their challenges, and makes predictions on what’s to come next year. It’s a deep-dive report built on our research, highlighting more than twenty different metrics and the context surrounding them.

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Amazon’s First Year in Australia

Amazon Australia is starting to gather momentum as it grows the marketplace, expands the catalog, and enables Prime shipping. They have 25,000 marketplace sellers, 100 million products, and have doubled website traffic.

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The Challenge of eBay Guaranteed Delivery

According to our research of the 800 million items on eBay, 18 million are available with 3-day guaranteed delivery, 8 million are available with 2-day guaranteed delivery, and close to 2 million are available with next day 1-day guaranteed delivery.

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Wish is a Portal to China

Wish is a mobile shopping app for customers whose first priority is low prices. The app sells a few billion dollars worth of products a year by enabling merchants to sell directly to consumers. According to our research 94% of the growing list of merchants are based in China.

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Facebook's E-Commerce Dream

Starting this summer Facebook has started to quietly expand the Facebook Marketplace to include businesses selling retail products. According to our research it has already surpassed the first 150 sellers.

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Google Wakes Up to Shopping

Unbeknownst to many Google is building an e-commerce marketplace. According to our research Google's shopping platform recently surpassed 500 stores. Most of which it added in the last four months.

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Achieving Nationwide Two-Day Shipping

Achieving nationwide free two-day shipping is hard and expensive. Even Walmart can't do it perfectly - customers on the west cost have access to 20% less products with two-day shipping available than customers on the east cost.

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One Million New Sellers on Amazon

It took less than a year for the Amazon marketplace to grow by one more million new sellers. That's 3,398 new sellers every day, or 141 every hour, or more than 2 every minute. Unsurprisingly, most of the new sellers are based in China.

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The Evolution of Walmart.com

Walmart has grown the catalog and has built the marketplace, the challenge now is to offer free nationwide two-day shipping. Amazon has made its Prime program the gold standard for all other online retailers. For Walmart too.

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