SUMOHeavy — Issue #56

Introducing ‘The Register’, Our eCommerce Podcast

We’re proud to announce the launch of our new podcast, ‘The Register’. ‘The Register’ is a podcast focused on eCommerce, featuring the people that shape the eCommerce industry.

Our first guest was an easy choice (he was sitting right next to us) — SUMO Heavy Co-founder and CEO, Bart Mroz.

We’re looking for future guests. If you’d like to appear on the podcast (or know someone who should), drop us a line at

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What We’re Reading


Walmart’s Free Shipping Escalates Battle With Amazon Prime — 
 Walmart just fired another shot in the war with Amazon by killing off its Prime-like subscription service and offering free two-day shipping on all orders.

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PayPal Has Been Talking With Amazon on Payments, CEO Says — Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc. have discussed letting shoppers pay for Amazon purchases using their PayPal accounts, highlighting how the digital payments company can attract new partners since its 2015 split from Amazon rival EBay Inc.


How Procter & Gamble Co. Is Tackling the E-Commerce Threat — 
 P&G recently provided some fresh data on how its online business is holding up against the competition.

Shoescom shuts down operations — has announced that it will be shutting down operations as of today. The company is taking its three properties —, and — offline, and close two physical stores in Vancouver and Toronto.

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Alibaba-backed OpenSky has bought defunct furniture website Dot & Bo — 
 OpenSky, the former celebrity-curated shopping site that rebuilt itself as an online bazaar for unbranded goods, has acquired the assets of online furniture retailer Dot & Bo, which went out of business in September.

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Amazon just launched virtual ‘Dash’ buttons for one-click buying from the homepage — 
 The new virtual Dash buttons started appearing on the homepage and the Amazon app home screen on Thursday night. The company is automatically creating ones for items you recently ordered or order often. An order is placed with one click or tap on the digital button.

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UPS stock suffers biggest drop in 2 years as e-commerce surge is still causing problems — 
 UPS’s stock suffers its biggest plunge in two years after disappointing results, as a bigger-than-expected spike in e-commerce business came at a cost to the company, just like it did two years ago.

Upcoming eCommerce Events

The 10x eCommerce Event
February 10–12, 2017 | Orlando, Florida

eTail West
February 27 — March 02, 2017 | Palm Springs, CA

Catalyst 2017
March 6–8, 2017 | Nashville, TN

Bazaarvoice Summit
March 8–9, 2017 | Austin, TX

MRC Vegas 2017
March 13–16th, 2017 | Aria Resort, Las Vegas, NV

Our Latest Obsession

A Drone Hammock Will Be Mankind’s Greatest Triumph 
 We desperately need this fiction to inspire real life.

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