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The pandemic sends online wine sales soaring in 2020

The COVID-19 crisis prompted a huge surge in online wine orders. Retailers believe the habit of buying bottles and cases online will endure after the pandemic passes.

The Shopper Speaks: Online holiday shoppers shift and set new priorities for 2021

Living through the pandemic saw many shoppers shift their behavior to better accommodate changing circumstances. It is essential that retailers be aware of such shifts and monitor changes as the coming year may prove to be just as volatile, writes Lauren Freedman, senior consumer insights analyst at Digital Commerce 360.

Boohoo, Asos seek to rescue failed retail brands online

Boohoo plans to acquire Debenhams while Asos plans to acquire Topshop. Although the online retailers are seeking to revive stalwarts of the country’s shopping centers, their interest centers on ecommerce.

An argument for a new kind of regulation of Amazon and other tech giants

Technology consultant Robin Gaster proposes in a new book on Amazon that big tech companies be regulated as utilities and required to provide detailed data about their operations. He argues that would especially benefit the millions of sellers on Amazon’s platform that today have little choice but to accept Amazon’s rules and sometimes arbitrary penalties.
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Amazon wins early court fight against Parler

Parler will still be able to pursue its lawsuit alleging that its cutoff by Amazon Web Services was a politically motivated decision to favor Twitter. But U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle made clear that the evidence of an antitrust violation, so far, is thin.

Luxury retailer Mytheresa debuts with $407 million IPO

The pandemic has been a mixed blessing to internet retailers, Mytheresa CEO Michael Kliger said. While the outbreak has disrupted supply chains, the lockdowns imposed across Europe have encouraged more people to shop online.

Amazon offers to help Biden administration with vaccinations

Dave Clark, the incoming CEO of Amazon’s retail unit, reiterated a request Amazon made to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month asking that frontline workers among the company’s more than 800,000 U.S. employees receive vaccines at the “earliest appropriate time.”
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