Amazon Is Eyeing Evine Live TV Home Shopping Acquisition

The retail giant is planning on widening its reach into TV home shopping through Evine Live.

Evine Live

It seems like there’s no stopping for Amazon in furthering their reach to customers, from the Internet to the more traditional media. Rumours now point to the retail giant planning to acquire Evine Live, a TV home shopping channel.

According to a report by TechCrunch, Amazon is currently in talks with Evine Live and has shown interest for possible tie-ups.

Evine is the third largest home shopping channel following QVC and the Home Shopping Network. Despite being smaller in size from the two, the channel still has a good reach with 87 million homes broadcasting it. Products are also being sold in its website and app.

Similar to its rivals, the channel sells an array of merchandise and occasionally partners with celebrities who market its goods.

Amazon on the hand, actually tried their hand at home shopping-style streamed online and via mobile. Dubbed the Style Code Live, it had guests offering beauty and health tips while promoting products. The show didn’t have a long run however and was cancelled after only a year.

There are no other details regarding the acquisition including the pricing. Evine Live currently trades in NASDAQ and has a market cap of $53 million. What Amazon is willing to pay for that, we’ll have to wait and see.

New Amazon App Feature Makes International Shopping Easier

Amazon is finally making its e-commerce easier for international shoppers.

Although the retail giant has already been offering international shipping, it’s not readily available to a lot of users. And the process wasn’t easy, having to go through the Amazon U.S. website and scroll through tons of listings.

However, with the new feature announced this week, international shoppers would have an easier time shopping through the app. The feature now displays pricing, shipping costs and import duty estimates. Amazon would also be managing the courier services and customs clearance.

“We are always innovating on behalf of our customers, and with today’s launch, we are making the shopping experience on mobile devices even better and more convenient for our customers who live outside the U.S.,” Samir Kumar, VP of Amazon Exports and Expansion, said in the statement. “Customers have been asking for a way to easily find and shop only for products available to be shipped to them.”

In its statement, Amazon didn’t specify the exact number of countries that they are now able to ship to. They did however, say that they can ship to “over a hundred countries.”

The international service now supports five languages — English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, German and Brazilian Portuguese. Users would also be able to purchase with 25 different currencies.

Unfortunately, none of these countries will be able to get the benefit of Amazon Prime and free video and music streaming. However, it is a good start for the company in reaching out to an even broader audience.

 

Shopee and Lazada : How Convenient Are They?

The Convenience Of Shopee And Lazada

How convenient are Shopee and Lazada apps? Shopee and Lazada are online apps. They engage in buy and sell of almost all the things people may need.

Getting To Know Shopee And Lazada

Shopping made easy. This is Shopee and Lazada. These apps allow us to go shopping in the convenience of our homes. These are online shopping apps. They cater to everybody, regardless of social status. As long as you meet their requirements when you order, that is fine by them They offer us almost everything under the sun. All you have to do is to search for the things you need on their catalogues.

The Convenience Of Online Shopping

Actual shopping is very strenuous and tiring. You need to allot ample time since going shopping eats up almost all of your free time. Some people enjoy doing actual shopping. But because of the current trend and lifestyle of people, most people find it more convenient to do their shopping online.
No need for you to waist your time with the hustle and bustle of actual shopping. No need for you to endure the traffic and heat you might experience when going to malls to shop. You can shop the easy and convenient way in the comfort of your own homes.

The Difference Between Online And Actual Shopping

Of course there is a big difference between actual and online shopping. Aside from the convenience of online shopping as compared with the actual thing, the prices also differ. Prices are cheaper online than that when you buy from stores and malls.

Things To Remember When Shopping Online

There are other online shopping apps and Lazada and Shopee are just one of them. It just so happened that Shopee and Lazada are more popular than others. Remember though that when you shop online, make sure that you are making your purchases from legitimate companies. Many have been victims of “fake” and non-existent companies. Be careful if the company you are buying from asks for cash advances. Meaning you have to pay first before they deliver your ordered merchandise. Although some companies and online sellers practice this, just make sure that they are legitimate sellers.

Most sellers practice the cash-on-delivery mode of payment. You can be assured that these sellers are legitimate. But make sure the merchandise is in good condition before you confirm your receipt.
There are terms and conditions when you do your shopping online. Make sure to read and understand them first before confirming your orders.

How To Shop Online

All you have to do is to search for online shopping apps. Then click on the app which you feel can cater to your needs. Then just go through their catalogues and place an order for whatever item you choose. Instructions will be given to you then.. Just follow them.

Alibaba Invests $2 Billion More in Lazada

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Alibaba, China’s leading e-commerce company, announced that they will be pouring in another $2 Billion to Lazada. They also confirmed the appointment of one of their founders as the new head of the Southeast Asian online shopping company in a bid to increase expansion in the region.

Alibaba already currently owns 83% of Lazada after two investments totalling $2 billion over the last two years. It is not disclosed how much stake the Chinese company now has after this recent investment that bring their total to $4 Billion. Singapore’s Temasek Holdings and Lazada management are the only other stakeholders of Lazada.

“The investment underscores Alibaba’s confidence in the future success of Lazada’s business and the growth prospect of the Southeast Asian market, a region that is a key part of Alibaba’s global growth strategy,” Alibaba has said in a statement.

Following this move, Lazada’s founder Maxx Bittner will be stepping down as chief executive but will be staying on as a senior adviser to the company “to assist in the transition and future international growth strategy”.

Lucy Peng, one of Alibaba’s 18 founders, is currently the chairwoman of Lazada but will now assume the head position at the Southeast Asian firm.

“With a young population, high mobile penetration and just 3 percent of the region’s retail sales currently conducted online, we feel very confident to double down on Southeast Asia,” Peng explained.

The changes come as the competition for online shopping in the region surges up with Amazon launching its Prime Now services in Singapore last year and JD.com of China increasing its presence in both Indonesia and Vietnam.

Based in Singapore, Lazada was first launched in 2012 and has since expanded to operate in several Asian countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. They have 560 million users as of this writing.

Google Teams Up with Retail Giants on New Shopping Program

Google launches Shopping Actions in the US

Have you ever needed something, had no idea where to get it and went straight to Google to type “where do I buy xxx” or “xxx where to buy”?

Well, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world are doing this and the tech giant is banking on that to make even more profit.

They are now teaming up with big retailers such as Home Depot, Target, Costco, Ulta and Walmart under a new program that lists their products directly on Google Search, on the Google Express shopping service and of course, on Google Assistant on mobile phones and voice devices.

In exchange, the retailers will have to shell out a certain portion of each purchase to Google. However, this is not to be confused with Google ads which is an entirely different thing.

Daniel Alegre, Google’s president for retail and shopping, said in an exclusive interview with Reuters that over the last two years, the amount of people on Google asking where to buy products rose by 85%. Currently however, this searches most often result to Amazon purchases.

Under Google’s new Shopping Actions, retailers such as Walmart and Target can now compete with Amazon in influencing shopper’s purchasing decisions and help them get more purchases made from their mobile phones and smart home devices through voice searches.

But how does this work exactly?

A shopper can search for let’s say, some new curtains on her way home and adds it to her Google Express cart. When she gets home, she realises she also needs cereals so she searches for them using her Google Home and adds them to the cart and purchases all at once. Easy-peasy.

Currently, the new Shopping Actions is available to retailers in the United States. We’ll have to wait to see if they will also implement this worldwide.

eBay shopping thru phones increase three-fold

Apparently, people are so much on-the-go that they’re not purchasing in eBay online but on cellphones too, thanks to the eBay app.

According to eBay, shoppers are using their cellphones to make more purchases this holiday season, with 1.5 million products sold in the past several weeks – that’s three times the number for the same period last year.

eBay purchases included traditional gift items such as watches, cellphones and video games. Others however also found some unique stuff to buy on eBay this gift-giving season such as a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette that sold for $75,000 and a 23-foot boat that sold for $19,108.

According to the San Jose, Calif.-based online auction site, more than 6 million people have eBay’s app on their iPhones and visit the site more than 2 million times each day.

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