Value Added Resource Week In Review 5-14-23

Liz Morton
Liz Morton


Welcome to the Value Added Resource ecommerce news week in review!

eBay News

eBay Ventures invests in Australian luxury fashion rental marketplace The Volte with $4 Million series A funding.

eBay Ventures Invests In The Volte Luxury Fashion Rental App
eBay Ventures invests in Australian luxury fashion rental app The Volte with $4 Million in series A funding.

eBay has announced Authenticity Guaranteed for Trading Cards is now available in Canada for single ungraded cards over $250.

eBay Expands Trading Card Authentication To Canada
eBay announces Authenticity Guaranteed for Trading Cards now available in Canada for single ungraded cards over $250.

New category updates go into effect May 16, 2023 - get all the details to prepare for the changes here:

eBay Category Updates May 2023
Heads up eBay sellers, new category updates go into effect May 16, 2023!

As eBay sellers experience ongoing issues with impressions, views, and sales, questions are being raised about whether bugs in the new eBay International Shipping Program could be to blame.

Is eBay International Shipping Causing Drop In Views & Sales?
Sellers report views & sales drop after being auto-enrolled in eBay International Shipping - are bugs in EIS program to blame?

eBay is testing a new infinite scroll design for search results with a "load more" button instead of the familiar paginated search experience - will it impact Promoted Listings ad impressions?

eBay Testing Load More Infinite Scroll For Search
eBay is testing invite scroll design vs pagination for search - will it impact Promoted Listings impressions?

eBay will attend JP Morgan Global Technology, Media & Communications Conference May 22, Bernstein's Strategic Decisions Conference June 1, & will hold their Annual Meeting of Shareholders June 21.

eBay Announces 2023 Annual Shareholder Meeting, Investor Events In May & June
eBay to attend JP Morgan conference May 22, Bernstein’s conference June 1 & will hold annual shareholders meeting June 21.

Other Ecommerce News

USPS is discontinuing the existing small business USPS Loyalty points program and replacing it with commercial pricing for all customers that use the Enhanced Click-N-Ship experience.

USPS Ends Loyalty Points Program, Brings Commercial Rates To Enhanced Click-N-Ship
USPS drops small business loyalty points program, extends commercial rates to Enhanced Click-N-Ship experience.

Amazon is offering some Prime subscribers a financial incentive to pick up their orders at Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh, or Kohl's stores as the company looks to control last mile delivery costs.

Amazon Pays Shoppers To Pick Up Orders In Bid To Control Delivery Costs
Amazon offers $10 to pick up orders at Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh, or Kohl’s in effort to control last mile costs.

Sellers are dismayed about abandoned cart discounts being immediately offered to buyers rather than waiting for the 24 hour time period stated in Etsy's policy page.

Etsy Seller Surprised By Abandoned Cart Discount Change
Etsy sellers dismayed to find abandoned cart discounts sent to buyers before 24 hour time period stated in help page.

Etsy sellers have been noticing some strange prices being shown for their items, leading them to question whether there is a technical glitch or if Etsy is testing displaying combined item + shipping + tax prices in search.

Etsy Changes Display Of Sellers’ Pricing - Is It A Glitch Or A Test?
Users report wrong prices shown in search - is Etsy running a test or experiencing a glitch that could impact sales?

Love is in the air as Etsy launches Wedding Registry and reveals 2023 wedding trends.

Etsy Launches Wedding Registry, Reveals 2023 Wedding Trends
Love is in the air as Etsy launches Wedding Registry and reveals 2023 wedding trends.

Entries are now open for the 2023 Etsy Design awards, featuring bigger prizes and celebrity judge Sarah Jessica Parker.

Entries Now Open For 2023 Etsy Design Awards
Etsy now accepting entries for 2023 Etsy Design awards, with bigger prizes & celebrity judge Sarah Jessica Parker.

Pitney Bowes shareholders have elected four directors proposed by Hestia Capital Management amid proxy battle that criticized the company's capital allocation and leadership.

Hestia Capital Wins Four Seats On Pitney Bowes Board
Pitney Bowes shareholders elect 4 Hestia directors amid proxy battle that criticized capital allocation & leadership.


USPS has announced Ground Advantage service to combine USPS Retail Ground®, First-Class Package®, and Parcel Select Ground® services will be rolling out in July.

USPS Introduces Ground Advantage To Replace First Class Package Service
USPS Ground Advantage to replace First Class Package service, promising simple pricing & reliable service.

ACE Property and Casualty Insurance has voluntarily dismissed their case against eBay without prejudice, which means they may file the case again at a later date if they choose to do so.

The dismissal comes after eBay and other defendants had requested to delay a decision on the insurance case until after the main civil case brought by plaintiffs Ina and David Steiner of Ecommercebytes is resolved.

eBay Sued By Insurance In Cyberstalking Case, Exec Political Ties Revealed
eBay sued by insurance in ongoing cyberstalking case, ex-CCO Steve Wymer’s San Jose political ties revealed.

eBay's international shipping team was on hand to answer questions about the new International Shipping program in today's chat, fielding questions about returns, chargebacks, and features as well as taking feedback on suggestions for future updates.

eBay Community Chat May 2023 - International Shipping
eBay Community chat for May 2023 will once again be all about the eBay International Shipping program.

And finally, Poshmark seller in the Promoted Closet beta trial has confirmed it is a pay per click model.

Poshmark Rolls Out Promoted Closet Beta Ad Program
Poshmark is testing Promoted Closest feature to advertise in prominent locations across search results & brand pages.

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