Online graphic design marketplace, 99Designs, is moving its global HQ back to Melbourne after a seven year stint in the US. CEO Patrick Lewellyn is also returning from the US to prepare the company for a possible IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange. Launched in 2008, 99designs has operations in

Amazon Prime Air

By its own account Amazon’s soon-to-launch Australian marketplace — an ecommerce platform for third party merchants — has fewer registered sellers than local marketplaces Catch of the Day, MyDeal and eBay Australia. Earlier this month the Seattle giant announced more than 500 Australian sellers have registered to sell on the

Alibaba is expecting 140,000 brands to participate in its giant 11.11 sale this year. Held annually on the 11th of November, Singles’ Day is the world’s largest online shopping event. Last year 100,000 merchants participated in Alibaba’s 24-hour sale and its ecommerce platforms processed almost US$17.8 billion. In 2016 Australia

The noise around Amazon’s entry into the Australian market is deafening. The media, retail commentators, retail analysts and consultants have been talking about the apparently apocalyptic moment for Australian retail for some years. It is not that at all. More likely it is “huff, but no puff”. First, let me

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Competitive pressures are forcing big banks to consider opening up their data to third parties as a service to customers. All but one of 100 payments executives at large banks said their bank plans to make major investments in Open Banking initiatives by 2020, according to the results of a

Project Wing, Alphabet, drone

Burritos and medicine are being delivered via drone to homes on the outskirts of the ACT. Australian retailers Chemist Warehouse and Guzman y Gomez are participating in drone delivery trial with Google-parent company, Alphabet. Alphabet’s moonshot unit X is using its Project Wing drones to make deliveries directly to people’s

Australian blockchain platform BitPOS launched its own bitcoin ATM in Sydney, powered by their software platform and the BitPOS ID system. BitPOS processes thousands of transactions using its fully automated settlement engine. Founding partners, Jason Williams and Alex Taylor, said the ATM launch was a natural progression for their business,

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Global digital payment volumes are predicted to increase by an average 10.9 per cent through to 2020, reaching nearly 726 billion transactions, according to Capgemini’s World Payments Report 2017. Most of the growth is being driven by emerging economies, with 20 per cent volume growth. Australia is seen as an

More than 500 Australian merchants have registered to sell on Amazon’s Marketplace once the platform launches locally. But the company is looking for more. Amazon announced today it is holding its first Australian seller summit on Monday 13th November at Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney. Sign up to Which-50’s Irregular Insights

Amazon Echo Dot, Alexa

Gartner released its Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and beyond on 29th September. I heaved a sigh of relief when I saw that one of the predictions by my esteemed colleagues read, “By 2021, early adopter brands that redesign their websites to support visual and voice search will increase digital