Amazon branded phone rumored, BigCommerce Opens SF office, Shopify announces mobile partnership

We all enjoy a little watercooler catch up, don’t we? Who has time to filter through their Google Alerts just to make sure you’re on top of the latest Amazon price change or Shopify social commerce infographic? No worries, friends. Join us every Friday for your weekly round up of commerce news here on the Stitch Blog.


Amazon to be launching a mobile phone
via Business Insider
That’s right. Rumors are swirling that the online marketplace monster will soon (as early as six months) be launching its own brand smartphone. KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, stated that Amazon may integrate its own services with the device, strategically joining the growing interest in mobile commerce. Read the full story >


The future of retail is omnichannel - eBay
via Marketing Magazine
As “omnichannel” becomes less of a buzzword and more of a tangible strategy for multichannel sellers, vice president of eBay UK, Tanya Lawler, speaks to its importance. She releases information on eBay’s latest study regarding consumer behavior as well has her main focus at eBay. Read the full story >


Shopify Announces Partnership to Promote Mobile Commerce
via Mobile Commerce Press
Shopify, ecommerce platform, has announced a partnership with Apptive, a mobile commerce and management platform. The partnership will give Shopify customers access to Apptive, allowing them to build mobile commerce applications in “15 minutes or less.” It’s a huge move forward, allowing Shopify small businesses to amplify their online presence and offer their customers more ways to engage. Read the full story >


BigCommerce Opens SF Office, Takes On Amazon Web Services
via Forbes
BigCommerce, possibly the largest ecommerce platform, will be opening a San Francisco office and hiring forty engineers in the next two months. They’ve also made moves strategically to hire hire West Stringfellow, veteran of PayPal and Amazon, as well as Ron Prigades, formerly with Salesforce and Twitter. As they continue to grow, they’ll be focused on supporting the small business seller, taking on Amazon whom they claim is, “not a platform for small businesses… It is a platform for retail. Businesses cannot build brands, establish customer relationships or foster loyalty on Amazon as there is the constant threat of disintermediation from other merchants or Amazon itself.” Read the full story >

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