The Global eCommerce Newsletter 05.09.16

Amazon Web Services surpasses North American e-commerce profits, drives Amazon’s Q1
Amazon Web Services is more profitable than its North American e-commerce business’$588 million in Q1. Amazon is on track to become a $10 billion business.  //Aren’t you guys regretful for not buying more shares before?

RELATED: Amazon to play by India’s e-commerce rules, to invest more in the country
Amazon is investing heavily in India after failing to make a dent in China. Amazon is engaged in a heated battle with homegrown Flipkart and Alibaba-backed Snapdeal. Alibaba, which dominates China, has also announced that it wants to enter the Indian market.

Last month, India came up with rules that allow 100% foreign direct investment in e-commerce marketplace but prohibit marketplace from offering discounts and cap total sales originating from one vendor (or even the same company) at 25%. //The new rules probably leave Amazon speechless. 

UPS’ Q1 shipments and revenue climb on e-commerce orders
Thanks to e-commerce, average U.S. daily package volume for UPS rose 2.8% to more than 15 million, while domestic revenue grew 3.1% to more than $9 billion. Its rival FedEx has seen growth too.

UK ecommerce provider EKM partners with Klarna
The UK’s largest hosted ecommerce provider (a cloud-based solution hosting 1 in 5 British online stores) has partnered with Swedish payments company Klarna. Klarna will offer both online and mobile payment solutions as well as the “pay after delivery option.”

Target and Lancome Produce Snapchat’s First Ecommerce Ads
“Lancome and Target started running shoppable ads today [April 29th] within Cosmopolitan’s Discover channel—the hub of the app where media brands publish daily stories.” It is a 10-second call-to-action instructing readers to “swipe up” for more content. People can then shop the company’s site without leaving Snapchat.

Rakuten drones to deliver from May 9
The service will be offered at a golf course for a month, where it delivers golf equipment, snacks, beverages, and other items. Based on user feedback, “Rakuten will look into the continuation and expansion of the service, as well as the implementation at other golf courses.”//Check out a demo here


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