EcommerceBytes Ecommerce Industry News Tue, 14 May 2024 02:44:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 EcommerceBytes 32 32 Avalara Enables Global Tax Compliance for Shopify Merchants Tue, 14 May 2024 02:44:29 +0000 Sellers of all sizes who host their shops on Shopify can now use Avalara’s services to manage and automate global tax compliance seamlessly. Avalara has been providing tax calculation services for Shopify Plus customers since 2015 and has now joined the Shopify Tax Partner Platform. Shopify CRO Bobby Morrison said, “With Avalara joining as a […]]]> 0 USPS Suspends DFA Consolidation Plans until January 2025 Mon, 13 May 2024 18:59:37 +0000 Reuters reported today that USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy agreed to pause the consolidation of Postal Service’s processing network after mounting pressure from lawmakers. There have been a few areas around the country where consolidation efforts have led to massive delivery delays, including areas in Texas (Houston), Georgia (Atlanta), and Virginia (Richmond). In mid-December, the […]]]> 0 Senator Compares Amazon Dynamic Pricing Algorithms to Price Gouging Sun, 12 May 2024 20:15:42 +0000 Amazon and Walmart’s dynamic pricing algorithms were compared to price gouging during a Senate Committee hearing on May 2nd, “Higher Prices: How Shrinkflation and Technology Can Impact Consumers’ Finances.” One week later, the chairperson of the committee Senator Brown sent a letter to the CEOs of the two retailers pressing them for answers on how […]]]> 0 Online Sellers Catch a Rare Break on USPS July Rate Hike Sat, 11 May 2024 03:54:32 +0000 It’s hard to call the Postal Service’s decision to keep many package shipping rates unchanged “good news” in July, since it’s only in recent years that sellers have had to deal with two rate hikes a year. The USPS had already raised the cost of shipping a package via USPS Priority Mail and Ground Advantage […]]]> 3 Rakuten’s Japanese App Rakuma to Sell on Wed, 08 May 2024 17:38:42 +0000 eBay will give US shoppers the ability to purchase items listed by Japanese sellers through an agreement with Rakuten’s Rakuma marketplace app. The companies will test the program by listing products on primarily in the fashion category. eBay and Rakuten will provide Rakuma Official Shop merchants with support in areas such as international shipping […]]]> 0 eBay Launches ‘Ask Me About’ Series to Replace Monthly Chats Wed, 08 May 2024 16:00:28 +0000 eBay has launched a replacement to its monthly chat sessions where sellers could chat with employees and ask questions, which it ended with the last chat taking place in January of 2024. The new “Ask Me About” series will kick off next week with eBay’s new Product Research tool as the topic. (See EcommerceBytes’ May […]]]> 1 eBay Sellers Can Now Check 3 Years of Sold Prices on Mobile Wed, 08 May 2024 01:49:54 +0000 eBay’s Product Research tool is now available on the eBay app for iOS and Android, giving sellers 3 years of pricing data for sold listings. The tool is based on Terapeak, which had been around since the mid-2000s and was acquired by eBay in 2017. In March, eBay Senior Product Manager of Seller Experience – […]]]> 3 Can Students Help eBay Solve Auto Parts Compatibility Challenge? Tue, 07 May 2024 04:16:39 +0000 eBay is holding its annual Machine Learning competition, and the theme of this year’s contest is auto parts compatibility. Students who enter have a chance at an internship at eBay next summer (2025), but they must showcase their skills by building a model that can identify which vehicles are compatible with specific parts and accessories. […]]]> 3 Give Feedback on USPS Scans and Postal Theft Mon, 06 May 2024 00:53:02 +0000 You can leave feedback about USPS package scans and postal theft through the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG), which is in the process of auditing those two areas of the US Postal Service. Accurate package scanning is vital to maintaining trust between online sellers and buyers who keep a close eye on the progress […]]]> 1 Ruby Lane Raises Selling Fees Citing Surge in Costs Sun, 05 May 2024 03:47:04 +0000 Antiques and collectibles marketplace Ruby Lane is raising selling fees as of June 1, 2024. A reader told EcommerceBytes the fees has sellers like herself considering closing their shops. In a letter sent to sellers, Ruby Lane said it strived to maintain static seller costs in recent years, but current conditions require a “recalibration.” It […]]]> 0