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E-Commerce Lost Market Share in 2021

E-Commerce Lost Market Share in 2021

U.S. e-commerce penetration decreased in 2021 because offline retail grew faster than e-commerce for the first time in history, and the online shopping boost from the Covid-19 pandemic cooled off.

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Shopify Is Now 50% As Large as Amazon Marketplace

Shopify Is Now 50% As Large as Amazon Marketplace

Shopify is now nearly 50% as large as Amazon Marketplace after surpassing $54 billion in GMV in the fourth quarter of 2021. Said differently, Amazon marketplace is only two times larger than Shopify.

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60,000 Amazon Sellers Exceeded $1M in Sales

60,000 Amazon Sellers Exceeded $1M in Sales

Sixty thousand sellers eclipsed $1 million in sales on the Amazon marketplace in 2021. The number has doubled over the past three years.

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Advertising Is Masking Amazon’s Unprofitability

Advertising Is Masking Amazon’s Unprofitability

Without the high-margin advertising revenue, Amazon's retail business is increasingly unprofitable. It was at break-even as recently as 2015. Since then, as advertising revenue grew, so did Amazon's use of that growth to fund the rest of the retail operations.

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Amazon GMV Reached $600 Billion in 2021

Amazon GMV Reached $600 Billion in 2021

$600 billion worth of goods were sold on Amazon in 2021. The total gross merchandise volume (GMV), including sales by Amazon itself and by the marketplace, doubled in three years. Most of that growth came from the marketplace.

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Amazon Marketplace is 25% of US E-commerce

Amazon Marketplace is 25% of US E-commerce

Twenty-five cents of every dollar spent shopping online goes to the Amazon third-party marketplace. Were Amazon's marketplace an independent platform, it would be the largest online retailer in the U.S.

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eBay’s Aging Seller Population

eBay’s Aging Seller Population

A growing share of sales on eBay comes from sellers selling on it for over five years. More than half, from those who joined ten years ago. That indicates shrinking interest from new sellers.

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Amazon Live is Embarrassing

Amazon Live is Embarrassing

Amazon has been unable to unlock live commerce three years after launching Live in February 2019. Its amateur content didn’t attract viewers and, without users, brands and influencers are unwilling to commit to it.

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Amazon Slips to 4th in Global Shopping App Rankings

Amazon Slips to 4th in Global Shopping App Rankings

Amazon ranked fourth in global shopping app downloads in 2021 - they were the number one most-downloaded app in 2020. Amazon is still first in the U.S. rankings, but Shopee, Shein, and Meesho leapfrogged it in global rankings.

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Marketplaces Year in Review 2021

Marketplaces Year in Review 2021

The fourth edition of Year in Review is a collection of stories, insights, and data, all told through forty charts. 2021 was the year of broken supply chains, Amazon aggregators, more advertising, Shopify's almost-marketplace, and one unanswered question - did the pandemic boost e-commerce after all?

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