Walmart partners with Shopify to expand its online marketplace – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Walmart this morning announced a new partnership with e-commerce shopping platform, Shopify, now used by over 1 million businesses. The deal will open Walmart’s Marketplace to Shopify’s small business sellers, with the goal of bringing 1,200 Shopify sellers to the marketplace this year. The partnership will greatly expand the reach of the participating brands…

U.S. e-commerce sales to jump 18% in 2020, but not enough to offset retail’s decline – TechCrunch

[ad_1] U.S. e-commerce sales will jump 18% this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic which forced more shoppers online, according to a new forecast released today by eMarketer. However, the surge in new online orders won’t make up for the overall hit that the U.S. retail sector will take this year, the…

People shopped online every day in April like it was Black Friday

[ad_1] While many brick-and-mortar stores have closed their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, online retailers have experienced a boom. In fact, in April, ecommerce sites experienced traffic that surpassed last year’s Black Friday … every single day of the month.  According to a new by ecommerce marketing data platform PriceSpider, since the beginning of last…

A Chinese city to pump life into local business with WeChat live streaming – TechCrunch

[ad_1] China is showing renewed interest in live streaming. As the coronavirus swept through the country and shut down premises in droves, businesses are turning online to drive sales. Many have adopted live streaming, a model that predates the short videos that dominate many of our mobile screens now. Ecommerce titans like Alibaba, JD.com and…

Walmart is piloting a pricier 2-hour ‘Express’ grocery delivery service – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Record usage of grocery delivery services amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to delayed orders, fewer open delivery windows and, on occasion, an inability to even book a delivery time slot. Walmart now hopes to capitalize on the increased demand for speedier delivery with the introduction of a new service that allows consumers to…