Thursday, December 8, 2022

Convenience and value for money vital for the survival of online brands

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The Australian Ecommerce Report 2022 by IAB Australia and Pureprofile found that while shoppers have been able to get back into physical stores, online purchasing for groceries and retail products has increased since last year with 83% of online shoppers buying monthly.

Catch.com.au appoints Brendan Sweeney as new Managing Director

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Catch, one of Australia’s prevalent online marketplaces, has announced the appointment of experienced eCommerce executive Brendan Sweeney as Managing Director. Brendan currently runs global eCommerce and Loyalty for the Cotton On Group and has significant experience both in Australia and internationally in leading retail eCommerce businesses.

Flip closes $60m Series B round to reimagine the e-commerce landscape

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Flip, the next-gen e-commerce platform combining a TikTok-like discovery experience with a premium e-commerce service, announced a $60m Series B funding round at a valuation of $500m. The funding round was led by WestCap with participation from previous investors Mubadala Capital and Streamlined Ventures, bringing the firm’s total capital raised to $95m.

Trading card boom incites the startup culture of niche business ventures

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Collectors, flippers and investors are driving a boom in the Aussie trading card market with data from eBay, revealing a 649% growth in sports trading cards like NBA and a 365% growth in collectible card games including Pokémon in the first three months of 2022. The uplift comes following COVID when sales of collectible card games went up 7,769% YoY in December 2020 thanks to a Pokémon resurgence driven by childhood nostalgia, people spending more time at home cleaning out their cupboards and the cancellation of live sports.

Munro Footwear Group on-boards Boomi to aid e-commerce revolution

Boomi™, the intelligent connectivity and automation company, announced Munro Footwear Group (MFG) has created an integrated data foundation platform using the Boomi AtomSphere™ Platform to support its e-commerce transformation agenda. Munro Footwear Group (MFG), Australia’s largest privately-owned footwear company, offers an extensive portfolio of trusted brands such as Midas, Django and Juliette, Colorado, and Diana Ferrari.

Sans Drinks partners with NetSuite to give its customers healthy choices

Sans Drinks, Aussie’s first physical non-alcoholic bottle shop and online superstore, has selected Oracle NetSuite to support its mission to give people, healthier shopping choices. With NetSuite, Sans Drinks will be able to take advantage of an integrated business platform to support its expanded business by unifying finance, inventory, and sales data, including all client transactions from in-store at point-of-sale to ecommerce ordering and invoicing.

Zonos hires Tyson Hackwood to scale APAC business amid rising demand

Zonos, the global technology firm for cross-border commerce, announced that they have appointed Tyson Hackwood as General Manager for APAC. Tyson Hackwood joins Zonos with a scope to scale the APAC business as demand for their cross-border tech continues to grow.

B20 forum calls for digital capability building for women Empowerment

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To encourage inclusive, resilient, and sustainable economic growth through empowering women, the B20 Indonesia Women in Business Action Council (B20 WiBAC) held a forum on the theme of Accelerating Inclusion of Women MSMEs in The Global Economy on June 17th.

Wayflyer set to expand into Australian market with product launch of Scaler

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Wayflyer, the revenue-based financing and growth platform for eCommerce merchants, has launched a new funding product for large eCommerce businesses, giving them certainty over future cash flow, at affordable rates. Wayflyer Scaler is a revenue-based funding offering, specifically designed for eCommerce businesses with annual revenues of $20m or more.

City Beach reports smoothest peak retail season with Macquarie Telecom

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Macquarie Telecom, part of Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ), has announced its partnership with City Beach has resulted in the retailer reporting its smoothest peak retail season, which occurred against a backdrop of record online sales across Australia. With support from Macquarie, City Beach expanded its tech environment to include SD-WAN across its 66 retail stores, which, combined with NBN connectivity, telephony and Wi-Fi, has provided the stability and scalability required to meet the needs of customers and employees.