Uber is entering the ads business

Uber will become an ad platform, selling space inside its Eats app to restaurants hoping to lure in more food delivery orders. A recent Uber job listing spotted by TechCrunch seeks an Uber Eats Ads Lead “to lead the team and efforts responsible for creating a new ads business that enables eaters to discover new … Read more

Shopify expands into email marketing

Shopify continues to expand beyond its core e-commerce platform with a new product called Shopify Email. Shopify’s chief product officer Craig Miller and director of product for marketing technology Michael Perry gave me a quick demo of the product yesterday; Miller argued that they’ve created “the first email product designed for e-commerce.” That means it’s … Read more

Amazon now sells movie tickets in India

Amazon has set its eye on the next business it wants to disrupt in its key overseas market India: online movie tickets. The e-commerce giant said Saturday it has partnered with local online movie ticketing giant BookMyShow to introduce booking option on Amazon India shopping site and app. The move comes months after the e-commerce … Read more

Singapore’s Qoo10 acquires Indian online marketplace ShopClues

Qoo10, a Singapore-based e-commerce firm, has acquired India’s online marketplace ShopClues in an all-stock deal, the two companies said Thursday. The deal, which per two people familiar with the matter valued ShopClues between $50 million and $80 million, ends years-long struggle at the Indian firm, which was valued at $1.1 billion in 2016, to find … Read more

Revisiting Jumia’s JForce scandal and Citron’s short-sell claims

In advance of Jumia’s November financial reporting, it’s worth revisiting the company’s second-quarter results, the downside of which included some negative news beyond losses. The Africa focused e-commerce company — with online verticals in 14 countries — did post second-quarter revenue growth of 58% (≈$43 million) and increased its customer base to 4.8 million from … Read more