Today’s Top Ecommerce News

U.S. m-commerce will make up 29% of web sales this year (Internet Retailer)
“Purchases via smartphones and tablets will account for 29% of U.S. consumers’ online purchases in 2014, up from 21% last year, according to a new report from Forrester Research Inc. The estimates do not include travel and food sales. Mobile sales, not counting travel and food purchases, will hit approximately $86 billion this year, up 53.5% from $56 billion in 2013. Videos, music, books, clothes and consumer electronics will account for the majority of the 2014 sales, Forrester says.”

Alibaba: 30+ amazing stats on China’s ecommerce giant (eConsultancy)
“China’s Alibaba Group is gearing up for what could be the world’s biggest ever tech IPO, so it’s probably about time you discovered what the company is all about. Alibaba was founded in 1999 by Jack Ma, who is now said to be worth more than $12bn. He served as chairman and CEO until May 2013 but stepped down to follow other business interests. And to give an idea of the scale of the business, I’ve rounded up a load of stats that show why the world is so excited about its upcoming IPO.”

Julep Is Heading To iPhone With App That Lets You Customize A Monthly Box Of Beauty Products (Tech Crunch)
“The app (screenshots below) will clearly play into the company’s larger e-commerce strategy. The app will go live on May 20th, when the first window for feedback also launches for the new boxes.”

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