Who is leads B2B commerce? What product is Amazon now selling? Let’s get down to what happened in commerce and tech news in the last week. This post is curated to help tune-out some of that noise and turn it into information that matters.




Who Are the Leaders for  B2B Commerce?

Forrester released their Q3 of their Forrester Wave for B2B Commerce Suites. Of course, there's always a lot to unpack, but there's always that one bit of information people look for: Who are the leaders? In Q3 2018, turns out it was SAP, Intershop, and Insite Software. Why were they chosen? Is it good that there's three up there? Do you use any of these suites?

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Jack Ma Is Retiring Next Year

The founder of Alibaba is stepping down as chairman next September and will be succeeded by Daniel Zhang, the current CEO. He gave a letter to send to customers and shareholders alike. While he'll still be a partner, his decision comes from wanting to pursue more dreams and feels like his work with the company is done.

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Walmart Plans to Buy Cornershop

How do you keep your place as the biggest retailer in Mexico and expand further into ecommerce? You buy a company that's growing quickly. Cornershop is a grocery app that has been picking up steam in Mexico and Chile. With the proposition of a buy from Walmart, it will help the keep up with Amazon who recently started a delivery service in the country.


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Ho Ho Ho, Get Your Real Tree From... Amazon?

Okay, so it's not even Halloween yet, but we're talking about Christmas. Too soon? Maybe, but when you have news that Amazon plans to ship real Christmas trees in November, you have to talk about it. They want to dominate Christmas and last year, they tested it with smaller trees. Now, for those who don't have a tree shopping tradition and live the life of online shopping, they too can have an awesome tree without need for a car or being stuck out in the cold.


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