The week is coming to an end, it has been an interesting week in the ecommerce industry, a lot has happened for the most popular ecommerce platforms. This week saw Shopify adding DHGate access, BigCommerce adding a new board advisor, as well as the release of YunQuNa. Read on to see what else happened to the top ecommerce platforms during this past week.
Shopify, has added a new service through DHGate, the direct-sale platform for Chinese factories. Under the integration deal, Shopify’s 140,000 worldwide users can purchase and manage shipping from DHGate manufacturers through the Shopify platform, with VIP members receiving an additional discount of 20 to 30 percent on average. You can read my full Shopify review here.
Yahoo has identified Yahoo Small Business as the “legacy ancillary” business it will spin off into a new company along with its Alibaba shares, according to a post on the company’s Tumblr page. “I am excited to share that Yahoo Small Business is the ‘Active Trade Business,’ mentioned in our Q4 and full year 2014 earnings announcement,” Amer Akhtar, head of Yahoo Small Business, wrote in a blog post. “What this means is that Yahoo Small Business will move over to the newly formed public company, along with Yahoo’s approximately 384 million shares of Alibaba. With this new opportunity, we can invest even more in our platform and chart our own course.”
To lead freight delivery and collection to a secure and carefree situation, an international logistics ecommerce platform ‘YunQuNa.com’ has been officially launched. Initially available in the Chinese language, the online professional platform focuses on global logistics trading and service. The platform creates a more convenient environment for negotiation and transaction between freight forwarding companies and freight owners. It also provides a series of online services, such as freight rate query, quotation, booking, cargo tracking, payment, etc.
Bigcommerce, the ecommerce platform of choice for fast-growing brands, announced that Scott Dussault, COO and CFO at enterprise cloud storage provider Nasuni, has joined the company’s board of advisors. An enterprise software veteran with more than 20 years experience, including six years spent as CFO of Demandware, Dussault will advise Bigcommerce’s leadership team as the company expands its offering and ecosystem to meet the needs of enterprise-level retailers. You can read my full Bigcommerce review here.
A new report by Forrester finds that online spending in China will reach one trillion dollars by 2019. The growth will be fueled by mobile apps and improving logistics networks, which have helped e-commerce companies reach new customers in smaller cities. This is good news for Alibaba, which saw its shares fall after its latest earnings report triggered concerns about the impact of its investment in mobile on its revenue growth.
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