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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue Jan 21 2020 17:02:22

How Will eBay Layoffs Impact Online Sellers?

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay laid off 102 employees in California including marketers and software engineers, according to a notice eBay filed with the state. The news comes as eBay prepares to announce fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 earnings next week.

This month's layoffs are also reported to have impacted staff in Seattle - one site said the total number of eBay layoffs was at least 200, which we have not confirmed, though one software engineer in Denver reported having been laid off last week.

SeekingAlpha reported that the layoffs impacted a "low single digit" percentage of the overall workforce, citing an eBay spokesperson. On its ... Read More

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Sun Jan 19 2020 19:56:35

eBay Buyer Discovers Seller Venting about Their Claim

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Awkward! A buyer who vented about an eBay purchase on a Reddit thread discovered their seller was venting about *them* on the eBay boards!

Our first thought was that it's often true there are two sides to every story. A person on the eBay thread counted 3 sides - "the sellers, the buyers, and somewhere in there is the truth!"

There are two things to keep in mind should you decide to watch the drama unfold:

1) The eBay thread is *long* and confusing (it's 23 pages long as of Sunday evening). One person joked John Grisham ... Read More

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Fri Jan 17 2020 00:01:05

Google Buys Pointy 10 Years after eBay Bought Milo

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Google is acquiring a company called Pointy that helps local retailers bring their in-store product inventory online, nearly 10 years after eBay acquired a company called Milo that promised to do the same.

Retailers plug Pointy technology into their barcode scanner or ties the Pointy app into their Point of Sale system, and product availability displays in their business profiles on Google Search in the "See what's in store" section.

Google said in its announcement, "Since we introduced this functionality a few years ago, Pointy has been one of our key partners, helping thousands of local merchants display this data within ... Read More

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Tue Jan 14 2020 15:17:46

eBay Hires Category Managers to Beef up Inventory

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eBay is hiring category managers to recruit sellers in the UK to help beef up its selection of inventory, even as the company shuffles executives at corporate headquarters in San Jose, which you can read about in Friday's blog post.

An eBay manager posting on a career-networking site said eBay UK was hiring a "lot" of new category managers in the UK and pointed to a post on eBay's London jobs site.

Category managers might typically be seen as specialized support staff to help eBay sellers succeed, but from the job description, it appears they'll be focused on recruiting efforts to ... Read More

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Fri Jan 10 2020 12:20:32

eBay Removes Chief Strategy Officer from List of Leaders

By: Ina Steiner

 

eBay played a game of musical chairs with its "Our Leaders" page on its corporate website, and one executive is missing - its head of strategy.

Kris Miller joined eBay in 2014, and while missing from the page, she still lists her current position as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at eBay on her LinkedIn profile.

eBay also continues to list her as a board member of the eBay Foundation.

While Miller went missing from eBay's Our Leaders page, the total count went up thanks to the following additions:

Suzy Deering (VP, Global Chief Marketing Officer)
Rob Hattrell (VP, ... Read More

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