eCommerce Today — August 15, 2017: Amazon gets into pharmacy business & other top things you should know about

By Sabir Semerkant

Top eCommerce things you should know today — August 15, 2017.

  1. Sur La Table names former Abercrombie exec as CEO. “We are excited to work with Billy (Billy May) going forward and believe his extensive experience across the digital landscape — marketing, e-commerce, and omnichannel — aligns well with Sur La Table’s strategic priorities,” said Kevin Nickelberry, a member of Sur La Table’s board, managing director at Investcorp, which acquired the company in 2011. [Chain Store Age]
  2. Chinese ecommerce group JD.com falls back into loss. Net revenues soar thanks to the spending power of growing middle class. [Financial Times]
  3. Facebook Marketplace Expanding to Europe. Today, we’re starting to roll out Marketplace to 17 countries across Europe (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland), giving more people a single destination on Facebook to discover, buy and sell goods in their local communities. [Facebook Newsroom]
  4. Aldi enters grocery delivery in partnership with Instacart. German grocery chain Aldi Inc [ALDIEI.UL] said on Sunday it has partnered with Instacart Inc to deliver groceries in three U.S. cities, a move that comes amid intense competition and disruption in the industry. [Reuters]
  5. Amazon could seek pharmacy partner to crack healthcare, Goldman Sachs says. The retailer could build its own online pharmacy, move its Echo/Alexa into the clinical realm and build or buy telemedicine and remote patient monitoring technology, analysts suggest. [Healthcare IT News]

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Sabir Semerkant is a data-obsessed, Transformative and entrepreneurial Senior Marketing Executive in E-commerce and Digital Marketing offers progressive global experience at growth oriented companies in the consumer goods and e-commerce sector. He is currently the SVP of eCommerce at VaynerMedia working alongside Gary Vaynerchuk and team. He can be found via LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. His articles are posted on Medium.

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