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PayPal-eBay Split

News: PayPal-eBay Split to Take Effect Today

July 17, 2015

Online marketplace eBay and online payment processing company PayPal will officially part ways today. A decision eBay might live to regret given the company’s second-quarter results, its last as a united entity, indicating different trajectories for each business. While PayPal can point to double-digit revenue growth and a slate of recent acquisitions, eBay is beset by shrinking sales and is jettisoning assets. Additionally, eBay will sell its enterprise e-commerce business to a consortium led by private equity firm Permira for US$925 million (AU$1.2 billion), as it streamlines its operations following the split.

Source: Power Retail

Online retailer reveals what Aussie women want

News: Online retailer reveals what Aussie women want

July 17, 2015

Compared with other markets around the globe, Australian women spend more on their fashion choices, which tend to be edgier on the weekends and conservative in the workplace. Shira Suveyke, VP of global buying for pureplay online fashion retailer the, told Inside Retail that Australia is Outnet’s third largest market and in the past 12 months has seen double digital growth in its customer base. To cater to this customer base the Outnet runs special sales, delivery options and product lines for Australian women.

Source: Inside Retail

eCommerce experts urged to mentor businesswomen

News: eCommerce experts urged to mentor businesswomen

July 17, 2015

Successful entrepreneurs in eCommerce and corporate high flyers are being urged to share their wealth of experience and mentor up-and-coming businesswomen eager to expand their empires. Entrepreneurial support group Rare Birds is searching for mentors to guide businesswomen with multi-million dollar businesses that are expanding nationally and internationally. Rare Birds founder Jo Burston says senior executives and serial entrepreneurs would make ideal mentors to guide the mentorees, whose businesses include ecommerce, fashion, technology and food.

Source: Inside Retail

Apple is working on a new e-commerce system

News: Apple is working on a new e-commerce system based on your credit card balance

July 17, 2015

For a company whose CEO has repeatedly asserted that it is not interested in selling its customer data to advertisers, Apple sure is putting a lot of effort into developing new products that sell customer data to advertisers. In a patent application filed today, Apple proposes a new e-commerce system that uses a mobile phone to deliver targeted ads to users based on what they can actually afford. This new patent comes on the heels of another recent in-development project for creating and tracking ads based on social media content that goes viral.

Source: Business Insider Australia


News: EBay to sell its enterprise unit four years after buying it

July 17, 2015

EBay has reached a deal to sell its enterprise unit, a division focused on building and running online shopping sites for bricks-and-mortar retailers, for less than half than it paid four years ago. The $925 million deal, announced Thursday, will give control of eBay Enterprise to a group of private equity firms led by Sterling Partners and Permira Funds, eBay said in a press release. EBay acquired its enterprise unit, then called GSI Commerce, in June 2011, for $2.4 billion. GSI was founded in 1995 as a sporting goods seller and branched out into e-commerce in the 2000s.

Source: CIO

Facebook's Testing Online Shops

News: Facebook’s Testing Online Shops Embedded Into Business Pages

July 17, 2015

Forget the Like button: Facebook wants you to hit the Buy button instead. Buzzfeed reports that Facebook is testing new, miniature e-commerce sites that are embedded within the Facebook pages of retailers. While they’re currently in the testing phase, the idea is to conduct the entire shopping experience within Facebook. There, “buy” buttons allow consumers to spot an item they like and see the transaction all the way through to completion at checkout.

Source: Gizmodo

eBay results beat estimates

News: eBay results beat estimates as it agrees to sell enterprise unit

July 17, 2015

eBay has agreed to sell its enterprise unit to a private-equity-led group for $US925 million ($1.25 billion) and reported results that topped analysts’ estimates, days before the e-commerce company spins off its PayPal transactions business. eBay reported gains in second-quarter sales and underlying earnings. It also forecast revenue growth for its core online marketplace and the transactions business. The results cheered investors watching for signs of how the company’s new focus will fare. eBay shares rose 3.4 per cent to close at $US65.59 in New York. The stock was up 17 per cent this year.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Online Retailer Conference & eCommerce Expo

Events: Online Retailer Conference & eCommerce Expo nears

July 15, 2015

Retailers of all shapes and sizes are invited to attend the 2015 edition of the Online Retailer Conference & eCommerce Expo, taking place at on Wednesday July 22 to Thursday July 23 at the Royal Hall of Industries and the Hordern Pavilion. Pre-event workshops will be held on Tuesday July 21 at Dockside, Darling Harbour. From online to instore, attendees will walk away better equipped to improve customer experience across all channels. Don’t miss your chance to learn more about acquiring, nurturing, converting and retaining customers. More information, including how to book your conference pass, can be found at

Source: Inside Retail

Amazon rival to launch next week

News: Amazon rival to launch next week

July 15, 2015, a well-funded US startup which aims to shake up online retailing with new ways to cut prices, is set for launch next week, its chief executive says. Jet, which has raised about $US200 million ($A270 million) in venture funding and has partnerships with more than 1600 sellers, said the model is based on finding ways to get lower prices when consumers order several items. Consumers may see prices change while they shop if they order several items that can be delivered more economically than if they were sold separately.

Source: Inside Retail


Jobs: e-Commerce Manager

July 15, 2015

Blackmores is a market leader in developing and marketing products and services throughout Australasia that deliver a more natural approach to health. They are seeking an e-Commerce professional with proven experience in strategically optimising online commercial services. Reporting to the Senior Digital Manager, the e-Commerce Manager is responsible for implementing digital sales campaigns to encourage trial, drive conversion rates and increase basket size to ultimately increase website revenue. In addition to an innate passion and interest in digital marketing, you must have; A track record in successfully building sales campaigns across all facets of digital mediums.

Source: Seek