News of the week: Romanians are big spenders, Chinese wine, Europeans like US online shops

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Here are the most important 5 news pieces about e-commerce from the last 7 days.

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This summer, Romanians’ wallets on fire!

2Parale vara2015The 2Parale affiliate marketing network generated over 1 million euros in sales, between June 15th and August 15th, in the following categories: books, fashion, tourism. This summer, Romanians spent 100 lei on average on books and educational materials, 140 lei on fashion and 900 on tourism, especially on airplane tickets. Dresses were the stars of the season; the online search terms related to them raised by 600% compared to the same period of last year.

Read all about it on the 2Parale blog

Region-dependent delivery

Amazon PrimeAmazon is testing a plan called “Ship by Region,” which lets some sellers (some that choose to ship from their own factories instead of Amazon’s) pick where they want to provide two-day shipping to Prime customers. The items that will “Ship by Region” will only appear as Prime-eligible if you can get two-day shipping to your region.

Gizmodo has all the details


Do you fancy some Alibaba wine?

Alibaba vin will offer Robert Mondavi cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and other varieties to its 367 million Chinese customers through its online store Tmall, in a partnership announced Tuesday with Mondavi-owner Constellation Brands Inc. Wine labels such as Twin Oaks and Woodbridge will be priced at about $15 to $20 a bottle.

Read the entire article at Internet Retailer


There’s something about the US websites…

Site-uri americaneFrequent web shoppers make 24% of their purchases from websites outside of their home country, and half of those purchases are at U.S. sites. A study (“UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper”) of frequent online shoppers around the world shows they make 24% of their purchases at websites outside of their home country, with half of those purchases coming on U.S.-based e-commerce sites.

More statistics, at Internet Retailer


Online shopping: good or bad? makes yet another list of advantages of online shopping, such as: the non-stop availability of Internet shops, the time saved, the variety of products, the customers’ reviews. There are also some disadvantages: the clothes and shoes can’t be tried on, there are some differences between the label and the real product, the customer must have the necessary funds in the bank account.

The whole list is at