News: A Week in E-Commerce – Week 23

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Your Weekly Ecommerce News Catch Up

There’s been a lot of big news in eCommerce this week, so we understand you might have missed some. But here at 3P Logistics we love to be involved with all things eCommerce, so lucky for you, here’s our weekly eCommerce catch up!

  • Arguably the biggest piece of news this week is that Amazon have launched Amazon Fresh in the UK. The delivery of fresh produce will be available across 69 Central and East London postcode areas. Amazon fresh started making an impact across certain cities in the USA in 2013 and 2014 with cities such as San Francisco and New York. In 2015 Amazon followed through on it’s plan to require a special $299/year membership to use the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service. Now the service is available to prime customers around certain areas of London. Read more here…
  • More big news has surfaced about Rakuten too. Rakuten is to exit the UK, Austria and Spain as global retrenchment continues.The move to close Rakuten.co.uk in the UK and Rakuten.es in Spain, as well as Rakuten’s offices in Cambridge and Barcelona, mirrors a similar streamlining decision in February, when the company pulled out of Southeast Asia, restructured its presence in Brazil and wrote down $340 million in assets. Read more here…Instagram
  • Instagram is planning to become more business-friendly with three new features designed to increase use of the social media platform at work. Instagram is taking a similar approach to Facebook, having recognised that insights, standing out and getting new customers, are the three main tings a business desire. You will be able to have your own dedicated business profile, new specific contact buttons and the opportunity to turn well performing posts into ads. Read more here…
  • May saw more than a fifth of UK retail sales made online for the fifth month in a row. The contribution of online to overall sales grew as that of stores fell, suggesting a movement away from in-store shopping and towards online. It is clear to see the move towards that of online shopping as more and more high street brands take to developing all new e-commerce stores in hope to stay with the times and retain custom. Read more here…
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