17 May The Ecommerce News Roundup – 17 May 2021
UK Covid-19 infection rates, hospitalisations and deaths are now at their lowest level since September 2020 and lockdown has been eased for most. We can finally enjoy so many things that we all took for granted little over a year ago.
On top of that, the ONS has reported that we are seeing ‘early signs of recovery’. Indeed, UK job vacancies have ‘hit their highest level since the start of the pandemic’ and the UK unemployment rate has fallen ‘slightly’ to 4.8%.
It’s fantastic to see such positive signs so early on.
We’ve certainly seen an uptick in open roles within digital & ecommerce in the past few months – and it’s showing no sign of slowing!
With that in mind, below is our latest pick of the news for you to enjoy!
UK ECOMMERCE NEWS
Australian fashion giant Cotton On launches in the UK.
Thriftify launches in the UK to help charity shops sell their donated goods online.
Brighton AR startup that redefines online shopping grabs £300k funding.
(UK Tech News)
eBay offers loans to help small businesses bounce back from Covid.
Waitrose customers can now book and pay for parking spaces in-app.
TikTok is reportedly testing in-app sales in Europe by partnering with several brands, including UK-based streetwear company Hype.
Angling Direct has posted bumper sales and a return to profits.
INTERNATIONAL ECOMMERCE NEWS
Soaring ecommerce sales bolsters Asics coffers.
Farfetch revenues soar after ‘tremendous start to 2021’.
Walmart acquires virtual fitting startup Zeekit.
PayPal buys Happy Returns in major push into wider retail space.
Small businesses to get online boost with new GoDaddy eCommerce tool.
Xbox and PlayStation to release rival sneakers with Adidas and Nike.