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The Ecommerce Weekly - 16 May 2022

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With a recession clearly on the cards it seems that maybe the right question is not 'when?' but 'how deep?'.  

There have been some fun memes such as the Macdonald's advert offering jobs serving Big Macs for the crypto-bros. There is another theme in my Twitter about how it is going to get tough for those hubristic VCs. 

It is definitely the time in the cycle when I like to dust off my copy of JK Galbraith's The Great Crash 1929. Scary, funny and helpful to put things into perspective...

But on the upside, things in ecommerce are still looking pretty great. Here's the latest news to enjoy.

"The idea that the future is unpredictable is undermined every day by the ease with which the past is explained."

(Daniel Kahneman)

UK ECOMMERCE NEWS - Lampoo, Motatos, THG...

UK Ecommerce Newsletter beats revenue estimates as ecommerce enjoys revival.
(Charged Retail)

Resale specialist Lampoo lands in UK.
(UK Fashion Network)

Swedish online discount grocery retailer Motatos to launch in UK.
(Internet Retailing)

Uber to launch subscription service in the UK.
(Charged Retail)

THG has inked a new partnership with mobile payments app Atome.
(Marketing Interactive)

Co-op to launch click & collect at three festival pop-up shops this summer.
(The Grocer)

Tesco trials in-store flexible office space.
(Retail Gazette)



International ecommerce newsletter

Burger King goes for gamers with glitchy deals.
(Marketing Dive)

Airbnb to allow travelers to split holiday as it doubles down on longer stays.

Disney+ gains 7.9M more subscribers to reach 138M total.

Zara to begin charging for online returns.
(Charged Retail)

Inditex will charge returns in 30 countries.
(Ecommerce News) 

Klarna launches virtual shopping.
(365 Retail)

Octopia fulfillment to enter the UK and Germany.
(Ecommerce News)

Kia takes inspiration from nature for new audio signature.
(Marketing Dive)

Allbirds is no longer just pursuing sales through its own channels.
(Retail Dive)

Loop and Happy Returns by PayPal join together.

Dutch carrier Brenger launches in West Germany.
(Ecommerce News)


DIGITAL NEWS - TikTok, Google, Snapchat 

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TikTok shares insights into emerging gaming trends.
(Social Media Today)

LinkedIn adds live captions for audio events.
(Social Media Today)

Instagram is testing a full-screen home feed.

YouTube launches updated green screen option for shorts.
(Social Media Today)

Snapchat's latest viral AR effect underlines its Nous and understanding of AR.
(Social Media Today)

Google adds customizable ads on search and YouTube.
(Marketing Dive)

Google unveils new Maps advances, shopping tools and search insights.
(Social Media Today)


IN THE MARKETS - Ultrahuman, Instacart, GetHenry...

In the markets newsletter

ESW to acquire complementary ecommerce platform scalefast.

Metabolic fitness platform Ultrahuman raises additional funding.
(Health Investor UK)

Instacart files confidentially for IPO.
(Retail Dive)

Crowdfunding campaign on track at Bond Digital Health.
(Insider Media Ltd)

End-to-end e-bike rental service GetHenry has raised €16.5 million.
(Tech EU)

Email security startup Material Security Inc. announced today that it has raised $100 million.
(Silicon Angle)

Bookaway books $35M to scale up its ground transportation booking platform.

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