eCommerce News of the Week – Feb 29th 2016

For any client using rich snippets, looks like Google is quickly phasing out that program: http://www.thesempost.com/googles-review-stars-rich-snippets-continue-to-drop-in-search-results/

Also in other Google news, desktop SERP has been restructured to show 3 to 4 top ads (adwords) and they have since removed all right had Adword campaigns (sans product listing ads at times).    Screenshot of a result: http://cl.ly/2C0k2t2o1h1D .   What this means is the first organic entry is now further down the page and especially on mobile we will see a decrease in click throughs for Google organic search. 

In Amazon news, they have launched 8 white label brands for men and women in an attempt to gain more margin and become more profitable.  

As well, for clients that use FBA (fulfillment by amazon) the prices have gone up for shipping and for warehousing as of 2/18/16 – http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201648210.  This comes in line with demand and limited capacity for Amazon as all fulfillment seems to be raising pricing in 2016 (UPS, USPS, Fedex, etc)

Building on the culture first mentality, Zappos gave their team Leap Day off this year :).  A novel idea for sure; that more and more companies are starting to understand the value of goodwill internally and not just external for their clients/customers.  https://www.internetretailer.com/2016/02/26/web-retailer-zappos-gives-its-employees-leap-day

Lastly, on the “this is an interesting play” segment; Jet.com (ex-amazon team members) have purchase large online retailer Hayneedle.com (#95 in IR 500) for an undisclosed amount of money. Ultimately, Jet.com got a crap-ton of money in their last round and they are going with the “acquire not build” mentality  – https://www.internetretailer.com/2016/02/26/jetcom-acquires-online-retailer-hayneedle

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