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Shopify is experiencing increases of 50% in its first-quarter revenue and the gross merchandise value of transactions processed by online retailers using Shopify technology. Recently acquiring mobile commerce firm Handshake Corp., Shopify Inc. has become a much larger technology provider in B2B commerce.

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Alibaba has made plans to increase the international services provided by its AliExpress subsidiary. Retailers can now sell their goods from Russia, Turkey, Italy and Spain. This full service move from Alibaba will challenge the world's largest online retailer – Amazon. The AliExpress marketplace is winning a lot of fans in Europe for offering many products at ridiculously low prices.

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Last November, Zalando decided to end free delivery in Italy, with the Berlin-based online fashion shop asking for a delivery fee in more and more of its markets. Last month, the German online fashion shop put an end to free shipping in the UK, Ireland and Spain. The next markets to be affected by this change are going to be Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. 

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Zalando has always been known for their free shipping and customer-friendly return policy. This selling point has just become a thing of the past – in Italy. Zalando will now demand payment there for shipping of orders with a value of less than €25. This marks the first time Zalando is asking for shipping costs anywhere.

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The Amazon Marketplace is growing all the time. Worldwide, 1 million new sellers started doing business on the marketplace in the last year. That’s over 2 new sellers every minute. The majority of these sellers are Chinese, who make up around 40% of the sellers on Amazon Marketplace in Europe.

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Amazon has launched its online print-on-demand service, Merch by Amazon. It’s been 3 years since Merch by Amazon debuted in the US. The service allows customers to design and print their own shirts, hoodies and other apparel. The thing is, this idea is nothing new in Germany and Europe, with Leipzig-based Spreadshirt having been in the business since 2002.

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