Price war between e-commerce firms reignites hotter (China Daily)
“A price war has flared up again among Chinese e-commerce websites, despite government officials accusing them of “fooling consumers with promotional activities” just nine months ago. JD.com, also known as Jingdong, offered heavy discounts on millions of products, including some best sellers, to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Tuesday. In an e-mail reply to China Daily, the business-to-customer e-commerce website said it offered”the most favorable discounts in a decade” on some goods. Though the promotion started on June 1, it offered the deepest discounts for a three-day period starting on Monday. Jingdong’s sales more than doubled in the first 15 days of June, according to the company.The website sold 40 million yuan ($6.5 million) of electronic products in the first seven minutes of Tuesday.”
Apple’s new mobile operating system may presage a bigger step into mobile commerce (Internet Retailer)
“ICloud Keychain is a new version of Keychain, currently only available on Apple’s desktop and laptop computers. The new version enables user access to the encrypted data stored in iCloud Keychain regardless of the Apple device they use. It will work similarly to auto-fill capabilities employed by many web browsers, where stored data automatically populate data fields. Keychain itself can be password-protected.
“The overall impact is that it should streamline mobile checkout,” says Rick Oglesby, an analyst at consulting firm Aite Group. “Lots of consumers use the auto-fill capabilities on their desktops and laptops, but don’t have this data available on their mobile devices. So when shopping via mobile they need to manually enter this information.””
How 3D Printing Will Revolutionize E-Commerce (Ecommerce Times)
“Here’s where 3D printing, might one day blow away manufacturing of the kind we’ve been used to since the Industrial Revolution shook up agrarian life in the early 19th century: 3D printing is creating a market in designs that are meant to be printed by the buyer — or a third-party manufacturer unrelated to the designer. The end product isn’t sold — it’s the design that’s sold, along with a license for it to be printed. It’s like the demise of hard copies in the book, music and video industry — the intellectual property is all.
Buried in corners of the Internet are marketplaces where budding designers are selling their plans for printing at home or in the workplace. Customers can use own printers or they can buy the design and have it printed on the marketplace’s printer and then delivered.”