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Journalists all over the globe rely on our insights and data for their stories. Here are some of the most recent articles Marketplace Pulse was featured in.

Is Amazon a Paradise For Small Businesses—or a Destroyer?

“Amazon is very awkwardly trying to say that, despite all the bad things written about Amazon, there are also sellers that are doing great,” said Juozas Kaziukenas, founder of Marketplace Pulse, which tracks online marketplaces. “But I don’t know why or how, or what is causing it, because they can’t seem to find a way to tell it straight.”

Bloomberg
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PayPal in $45 billion bid for Pinterest -sources

“Social/interactive commerce is growing in the United States and no one has won it yet. So rather than going against Amazon, PayPal is making a bet on a different kind of shopping model,” said Marketplace Pulse e-commerce analyst Joe Kaziukėnas.

Reuters
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Shopify's B2B Move Makes It More Appealing to Big Brands

Shopify's B2B announcement also acknowledges that modern retail is moving beyond a place where selling products through one channel is viable. Today's successful digital brands often sell products directly to consumers, through marketplaces like Amazon, and wholesale to other retailers, all at the same time.

"Shopify is likely reading this as to mean that the pure website-only DTC brands are dead and the next generation will push their products everywhere, even into retailer stores — a channel DTC was originally aiming to disrupt," Juozas Kaziukėnas, founder and CEO at e-commerce research firm Marketplace Pulse, told Insider.

Business Insider
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Over 1,000 Amazon Sellers Will Be Acquired Next Year, Survey Says

The findings give a comprehensive look at Amazon aggregators, which have gained major traction in recent years. Given most aggregators just finished raising more capital, a surge in transactions is expected in the coming year, according to Juozas Kaziukėnas, CEO of Marketplace Pulse, who helped Fortunet complete the survey.

"Most aggregators didn't exist before 2020, and further, they only raised capital over the past 12 months. That capital is only getting deployed now. There will be more acquisitions next year compared to 2021," Kaziukėnas said.

Business Insider
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Amazon and Walmart are duking it out over streaming merch

That shift is best captured by the explosive popularity of Netflix’s TV show Squid Game. Over the past week, searches for Squid Game merch have topped the Amazon Marketplace. According to Marketplace Pulse, the most-searched term on the Amazon Marketplace is “squid game costume,” and four of the top five bestselling items in the Men’s Costumes and Women’s Costumes categories have a Squid Game tie-in.

Modern Retail
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TikTok owner ByteDance is building an international shopping platform, taking on Alibaba and Amazon

Juozas Kaziukėnas, the founder of the e-commerce-intelligence firm Marketplace Pulse, said ByteDance's experience with TikTok would help differentiate its service from competitors like Amazon, AliExpress, and Wish.

"I doubt they will materially improve pricing or offer unique selection, but I think there is a lot of opportunity in how shoppers interact with that wide selection," he added. "Wish rebuilt with the experience from TikTok sounds interesting."

Business Insider
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Package Deal

“Chinese sellers are the hidden secret of Amazon,” says Juozas Kaziukėnas, founder and CEO of Marketplace Plus, an e-commerce intelligence firm. “Chinese sellers make up a lot of Amazon’s sales, but Amazon rarely mentions them.”

The Wire China
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Amazon is piling ads into search results and top consumer brands are paying up for prominent placement

Until recently, Amazon put two or three sponsored products at the top of search results. Now, there may be as many as six sponsored products that appear ahead of any organic results, with more promotions elsewhere on the page, said Juozas Kaziukenas, who runs e-commerce research firm Marketplace Pulse.

Kaziukenas said Amazon and founder Jeff Bezos have completely transformed from being anti-advertising. It’s become such a lucrative business that ads “have replaced most of the functionality on the site,” he said.

“It’s not uncommon now for brands to be spending 50% or more of their product price on various fees to be selling on Amazon,” Kaziukenas said.

CNBC
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Shein: China fashion giant investigates 'false' anti-Uyghur job ads

"For a retailer without physical stores and a company that is virtually unknown to anyone but their target audience, Shein has utilised social media to reach consumers directly and become arguably the biggest digital clothing retailer," said Juozas Kaziukėnas, founder of research firm Marketplace Pulse.

BBC
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As demand for bikes surged, Amazon got in the way

“For anyone who is a small or medium-sized business, it’s physically impossible, or unprofitable, to be doing all-week nationwide delivery,’ says Juozas Kaziukėnas, founder of e-commerce research firm Marketplace Pulse. “Amazon has effectively killed Seller-Fulfilled Prime.”

The Verge
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How Amazon Won Shopping

Juozas Kaziukėnas, the founder of the e-commerce research firm Marketplace Pulse, mentioned something to me a few months ago that stuck in my brain: If Amazon started today, it might not work, because it doesn’t necessarily have the best products at the cheapest prices nor is it a particularly pleasant place to shop.

Amazon “works for most consumers most of the time for most of the things,” Kaziukėnas told me. Maybe that’s not an inspiring corporate motto worthy of etching on a Jeff Bezos spaceship, but it does explain Amazon’s appeal.

The New York Times
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People Now Spend More at Amazon Than at Walmart

“It is a historic moment,” said Juozas Kaziukenas, founder of the Marketplace Pulse, a research company. “Walmart has been around for so long, and now Amazon comes around with a different model and replaces them as a No. 1.”

The New York Times
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