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Brands on the Amazon marketplace seem to believe that no one can sell their products. That isn’t true. Surprisingly, even Amazon itself could sell a brand’s products without the brand’s consent. Amazon does this in two ways, in my experience: via “Warehouse Deals” and first-party selling. The former is a small issue, typically. But the latter can cause a brand to lose control of its listings. Placement in the coveted “buy box” largely determines the…

’Tis the season for shopping — and capturing the spend of consumers with a newfound enthusiasm for commerce of all kinds. The competition for the consumer’s whole paycheck is, of course, a year-round pursuit for both Amazon and Walmart, but for the next six or so weeks the normally spirited competition will turn into a fast-paced race on steroids as the two attempt to elbow past each other — and almost everyone else in the…

The popular video app TikTok is testing out a new feature that will give certain video creators the option to add links to videos for eCommerce purposes, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The move would allow the growing app to earn an additional stream of revenue outside of advertising. Right now, the new feature is only available to a few top creators. Although the functionality is not limited to retail, some…

Adoption of crypto in e-commerce is up, but there’s still a long ways before widespread adoption is a reality. Although market caps may not be as high as they were in late 2017, cryptocurrency is slowly reaching towards higher levels of adoption and usage than ever before. One of the most recent examples of this was presented last week, when blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis has found that the amount of money processed by crypto merchant…

These days, it may not be enough to list an item on eBay, Etsy or Amazon and expect it to be seen by shoppers. Your listing competes not only with scores of rival listings, but with promoted listings (paid ads) as well. Do sellers now need to pay to advertise their listings on top of the fees they already pay to list on marketplaces? A report from Kenshoo found that ecommerce ad spending increased 54%…

KARACHI: The central bank has started implementation of digital micro-payment infrastructure system which allows transfer of funds in almost real time and is expected to bring a rapid surge in online payments in public and private sectors. “SBP has started implementation of Micro Payment Gateway in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to ensure faster retail payments,” State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Reza Baqir said in the Annual Performance Review 2018-19. SBP expects…

Pakistan has a huge potential for e-commerce, but infrastructural and logistical issues needs to be resolved to unleash that potential, the government can play a role in this matter, said Jan Poeter, Head of Cross Border, Daraz Group. He welcomed the Government of Pakistan’s step of introducing e-commerce framework recently. “The good part of the framework was inviting the private sector to take a lead role in developing the e-commerce sector in the country and…

Mobile wallets can make paying by credit or debit card seamless: tap your phone at checkout and you’re on your way. But mobile wallets are just the beginning. Payment networks and manufacturers are building payment functions into more devices expanding your options as well as freeing up your hands. You could find yourself buying gas from the dashboard of your car, groceries from your refrigerator door or dinner by flashing a smile. And you won’t…

Paytm E-commerce has announced the launch of its online marketplace app “Paytm Mall” that will enable consumers to shop from 1.4 lakh sellers for millions of products across all categories. The company said that only trusted sellers, who pass strict quality guidelines and qualification criteria, would be allowed on the “Mall”. All products listed on the platform would also go through Paytm certified warehouse and shipping channels ensuring guaranteed consumer trust. The “Paytm Mall” is…

Easypay, Pakistan’s first comprehensive online payment solution has partnered with MCB Bank to enable its online merchants to increase their sales and enhance the consumer experiences with the help of MasterCard Payment Gateway Services. MasterCard’s payment gateway is a simple, safe and smart way for merchants to reach audiences beyond their borders by processing Visa and MasterCard transactions for online merchants. This is the third payment method that Easypay has added, after payments through Easypaisa…