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Never miss the most important e-commerce industry news. This podcast is deep dive into our top stories from the newsletter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter at www.shopifreaks.com. Tweet at me @shopifreaks or e-mail paul@shopifreaks.com if you've got an opinion to share or would like to be a guest host on an episode.

Shopifreaks E-commerce News Podcast Paul Drecksler

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Never miss the most important e-commerce industry news. This podcast is deep dive into our top stories from the newsletter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter at www.shopifreaks.com. Tweet at me @shopifreaks or e-mail paul@shopifreaks.com if you've got an opinion to share or would like to be a guest host on an episode.

    #45 - Big changes at Twitter, airlines go the last mile & shoppable murals

    #45 - Big changes at Twitter, airlines go the last mile & shoppable murals

    I hope you had a great Black Friday weekend — whether you were deal shopping as a customer, running promotions for your business, or simply spending some time with family and friends. Some of my e-commerce clients had record breaking weekends, and it turns out they were not alone. (Listen to my Stat of the Week in the podcast.)
    I thought I was going to be deal hunting for home appliances, but I ended up not shopping at all — at least for the house. I did, however, buy some lifetime software deals on AppSumo, but that’s about it. I kept reading stats about how most Black Friday deals were merely a combination of regular deals that were simply marked as “Black Friday Deal” and/or items that had been marked up for the weekend and then discounted back to normal price. So I decided to avoid the hoopla all together and spend the weekend painting my house instead.
    Either way, we made it through another Black Friday! Congrats to us all.
    And now, it’s my pleasure to bring you this week’s 45th edition of Shopifreaks. This week's stories include: 
    -Twitter tested livestream shopping with Walmart
    -Jack Dorsey is stepping down as CEO of Twitter
    -Introducing the Netflix Hub on Spotify
    -AirAsia is launching a parcel delivery service
    -An update on the Amazon Black Friday employee strike
    -Google and American Express's shoppable street murals
    -Ganja was discovered as being sold on Amazon India
    -Italy fined Apple and Amazon €200M
    -Stripe is expanding its POS terminal to five European countries
    -The CEO of the Iranian e-commerce site Divar, was sentenced to three months in jail for his platform being used for prostitution
    -France is banning the e-commerce marketplace Wish
    -Walmart’s longtime CFO, Brett Biggs, is leaving the company
    -Plus 4 seed rounds of interest
    Thanks for listening to the Shopifreaks podcast. Subscribe to my newsletter at www.shopifreaks.com

    • 46 min
    #44 - Shopify’s secret marketplace, Amazon-Visa breakup, & Black Friday protests

    #44 - Shopify’s secret marketplace, Amazon-Visa breakup, & Black Friday protests

    Since I won’t talk to you again until next Monday, I wanted to take this time to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends this Thursday and that you get to enjoy a long leisurely weekend (or a madhouse shopping extravaganza — your call).

    This year I’m incredibly thankful that my family and close friends have survived the COVID pandemic and remain healthy. I’m lucky to have experienced no major losses in my life due to COVID and am incredibly appreciative of that and I realize how lucky I am to be writing that.

    Beyond that, I’m thankful this year that my business Ideas Focused is busier than it’s ever been as small businesses are embracing online technology more than ever before. I’m thankful to launch that Capital Cities book I told you about a few weeks ago with my community of travel creators. I’m thankful for my lovely girlfriend in Ecuador who’s patient with me when I go back to USA for “a few weeks” and end up buying an investment property and staying away for several months to fix it up.

    And of course, I’m thankful for you, my Shopifreaks readers, for your support of this newsletter which I launched less than a year ago in Jan 2021. I hope you love the newsletter and the new podcast!

    What are you thankful for this year? Hit reply and let me know! I love hearing from you each week.

    And now, it’s my pleasure to bring you this week’s 44th edition of Shopifreaks. This week I cover: 

    1. Is Shopify becoming a bit more like Amazon — but without the unified customer support?

    2. fabric introduces fabric Marketplace

    3. Amazon to stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the UK

    4. Amazon employees in 20 countries going on strike on Black Friday

    5. Is Macy’s going to split up its online / offline businesses?

    6. Consumer payment apps to report transactions larger than $600 to the IRS starting next year

    Plus 8 stories and 13 seed round & acquisitions of interest. 

    If you like this podcast be sure to subscribe to the weekly newsletter at www.shopifreaks.com

    • 50 min
    #43 - Linktree, Shopify, Lawsuits & Black Friday

    #43 - Linktree, Shopify, Lawsuits & Black Friday

    We’re just 9 days away from Black Friday. As a consumer and/or merchant — are you ready? Do the shopping events even matter to you or do you tend to avoid the crowds?

    When I was in high school, I worked at Circuit City and later Best Buy (after they effectively put Circuit City out of business). I remember the night before Black Friday events, having to retag products in the store. While computers and TVs were marked down, all their accessories were marked up! I remember retagging a $24.99 HDMI cable with a $49.99 price tag. An early lesson in life about the unscrupulous profit maximizing tactics of big box retailers. So be careful out there!

    Personally, I usually stay away from the shopping events. I’m not a big shopper in general, given that I’ve lived remotely out of a backpack and duffle bag for the past decade. But this year I just bought an investment property in Waynesville, NC, and for the first time in many years, I have a lot of things to buy. Washers, dryers, dishwashers, (yes, multiple — it’s a triplex). The timing of this acquisition is perfect for the shopping events, so I’ll be out there deal shopping with the rest of the world. Wish me luck.

    And now, it’s my pleasure to bring you this week’s 43rd edition of Shopifreaks. This week I cover: 

    -Linktree partners with Shopify to add storefronts to its platform
    -Shopify and Ledger’s class action lawsuit dismissed by California court

    -$72 billion spent on e-commerce in October, but 2 billion out-of-stock messages

    -Black Friday is back this year, Shopify predicts

    -Cart.com is going headless

    -SHOP hit an all time high

    -Plus 7 seed rounds and acquisitions of interest

    If you like this podcast be sure to subscribe to the weekly newsletter at www.shopifreaks.com

    • 37 min
    #42 - Q3 Results, Google Deals, & Singles Day

    #42 - Q3 Results, Google Deals, & Singles Day

    Holiday shopping is already kicking off around the world this year. Consumers are getting an early start to avoid the digital crowds and purchase their gifts before supply chain issues deplete shelves and fulfillment centers. This year the early birds will truly get the worm, and the rest of us — well… we’ll be celebrating Christmas in early 2022.

    My travel community and I just launched a hardcover coffee table book a few days ago called Capital Cities: A Journey Around The World Through 118 Capital Cities. The book is a collaboration between myself and 68 professional travel bloggers and photographers around the world that showcases 118 capital cities from every continent, including Antarctica!

    The book is truly a work of art, and we’re excited to bring it to print. However, as much as we would have loved to have this book available for sale and in Amazon’s warehouses for the holiday season, we also ran into some of the same supply chain issues that small business owners around the country are facing this year. We decided that rather than over promise and under deliver in regards to a delivery date, that we’d offer a discounted pre-sale for the holiday season and ship the books in April 2022. Like many small businesses and independent publishers this year, we’re making due with what’s available to us right now.

    If you love to travel, please check out our book below, and use promo code SHOPIFREAKS for 10% off if you’d like to pick up a copy.

    Check it out: https://travelislife.org/shop/capital-cities-book/

    In this week's edition of the Shopifreaks podcast I cover:


    Google is promoting Deals in a new Shopping tab
    Q3 results are in for most of the big e-commerce platforms
    Singles Day in China is already popping off, and it hasn’t even started yet!
    The great online-offline department store split experiment
    TikTok and BigCommerce partner on advertising coupon program
    Indians are burning effigies of Jeff Bezos
    Is e-commerce going Web3 in the next 5 years?
    Plus: 12 seed rounds and acquisitions of interest

    Enjoy this podcast? Subscribe to my weekly newsletter at www.shopifreaks.com

    • 40 min
    #41 - Shopify & MailChimp are back together

    #41 - Shopify & MailChimp are back together

    We don’t always get it right the first time in life. Sometimes breakups happen and we get back together. Other times we change our name hoping for a fresh start. That being said — I like the name “Shopifreaks” and I’m keeping it! Not the case for everyone this week though… 

    In this week's edition of the Shopifreaks podcast I cover: 


    Shopify & MailChimp are back together
    Facebook goes Meta
    Shopify doubled its GMV in 16 months
    India issues 202 notices to e-commerce firms for violating country of origin norm
    Wix is expanding in Miami
    Alibaba is ramping up in Europe and beating Amazon in some markets
    24-year-old convicted of wire fraud for selling fake Shopify stores
    Plus: 11 seed rounds and acquisitions of interest

    Enjoy this podcast? Subscribe to my weekly newsletter at www.shopifreaks.com

    • 33 min
    #40 - PayPal + Pinterest, Spotify + Shopify & Amazon Local

    #40 - PayPal + Pinterest, Spotify + Shopify & Amazon Local

    Is everywhere and everything becoming a portal for shopping? If Shopify has it their way, that might be the case. This past year it’s felt like consumers are standing on the sidelines of an online race towards a finish line where every app, platform, and device is a digital shopping mall (with a built in credit card) — and Shopify is the Usain Bolt. 
    In this week’s 40th edition of Shopifreaks, I dive into PayPal’s potential acquisition of Pinterest, Shopify and Spotify’s new deal, and some exciting new Amazon Seller features that were announced during the Amazon Accelerate event. Enjoy this podcast? Subscribe to my weekly newsletter at www.shopifreaks.com

    • 43 min

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