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eBay's Renaissance in 2020

eBay's Renaissance in 2020

eBay increased gross merchandise volume (GMV) by $14.4 billion in 2020, more than in the past seven years combined. However, despite the platform benefiting from surging online sales, growth had slowed towards the end of the year.

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Amazon GMV in 2020

Amazon GMV in 2020

In 2020, sellers on the Amazon marketplace sold $300 billion worth of goods, adding a staggering $100 billion net growth since 2019. The total gross merchandise volume (GMV), including sales by Amazon itself and by the marketplace, was almost $490 billion, according to Marketplace Pulse estimates based on Amazon disclosures.

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On Amazon You Are Probably Not Nike

On Amazon You Are Probably Not Nike

Most brands aspire to be Apple or Nike, but on Amazon, they are closer to AmazonBasics. That is, shoppers buy their products when searching using unbranded search terms. Rather than explicitly looking for the brand, like they do for Apple and Nike.

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The Disappearing Amazon Resellers

The Disappearing Amazon Resellers

Amazon conceived the marketplace to bring brands it couldn't convince to sell onto the site. Thus, for years most of the sellers were large resellers with tens of thousands of products. However, increased competition and brands going direct has eroded this opportunity.

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Minimum Viable Amazon

Minimum Viable Amazon

Amazon's last retail innovation came in 2005 when it introduced the Prime membership. Since then, it has announced hundreds of new offerings and experiments, but the core commerce experience remains virtually unchanged. It learned it doesn't need to do more.

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75% of New Sellers on Amazon Are From China

75% of New Sellers on Amazon Are From China

China-based sellers represented 75% of new sellers on Amazon in January. A significant increase from 47% in the previous year. While this hasn't yet impacted the GMV market share - domestic sellers are responsible for most of the total sales - it is a trend that has been accelerating for years.

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Amazon's Shopify Problem

Amazon's Shopify Problem

Amazon has always operated as if no other sales channel matters. And as if none will matter. But 2020 was maybe the last year it grew its market share of e-commerce. Shopify came to represent that change.

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Amazon Avoided Christmas Collapse

Amazon Avoided Christmas Collapse

The importance and thus also the risk of managing customer expectations for Amazon were the highest ever during the 2020 holiday shopping season. It did ok - unlike in previous years, there was no noticeable increase in negative shopper sentiment.

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Marketplaces Year in Review 2020

Marketplaces Year in Review 2020

2020 was the best year for e-commerce marketplaces in over a decade. E-commerce growth had a step change, and marketplaces captured most of it. In aggregate, it was the most successful year for sellers and brands that transact through them, too. The Year in Review looks at the state of marketplaces and describes the most important trends.

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The Broken Amazon Fulfillment Elasticity

The Broken Amazon Fulfillment Elasticity

This year, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) changed from a service sellers can rely on to a service they hope Amazon will allow them to use. An opaque algorithm now decides which products at what quantities are allowed to be in FBA.

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