What is the Real Difference Between Dropship and Marketplace?

By Barry Murphy on June 13, 2017

At Mirakl, we get asked all the time: “what is the difference between dropship and marketplace?” Because the terms are often used interchangeably, there is an incredible amount of confusion about the important distinctions between dropship and marketplace. This post will clear up that confusion, succinctly outline the differences between the two models, and show how the models work together and why every retailer needs a marketplace (whether utilizing dropshipping or not).

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How Amazon is Dismantling Retail: Cliffs Notes

By Jess Iandiorio on April 20, 2017

 

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The Marketplace Summit By Mirakl: Last Chance To Register

By Barry Murphy on April 12, 2017

Earlier this month, a colleague asked me what I was most excited about regarding the upcoming Marketplace Summit by Mirakl. I have been heads-down on planning and coordinating that it seems I hadn’t had a chance to really step back and look at the event as a whole and take in all of the topics that will be hit on. Viewing the full agenda makes me realize just how ambitious this event is. Not only will we examine the strategic nature of the marketplace model and how it powers some of the world’s most successful platform businesses, but we will also highlight the operational benefits that Mirakl customers gain from their marketplaces. The summit is a chance to learn not only why businesses should launch marketplaces, but how they should do it. This event is a “must-attend” show because, as one of our expert panelists – Marc Vicente of Cdiscount – said, “marketplace is not some trendy, fancy project – it is the next generation of eCommerce.”

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Do Not Miss The Marketplace Summit by Mirakl

By David Staunton on March 29, 2017

With less than one month to go until the Marketplace Summit by Mirakl, it’s fast approaching and we have lots of exciting content and speakers to share.  The Summit is the largest global gathering of marketplace executives in the world.  Sharing strategy, best-practice, industry leadership and customer testimonials, it promises to be a place to learn and share all things marketplace! The timing couldn’t be better, with Gartner having named Marketplace Management as one of the hot eCommerce topics of 2017.

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Ten Best Practices To Effectively Launch And Manage A Marketplace

By Barry Murphy on March 9, 2017

In January of this year, Gartner called out marketplace management as one of the hot topics in digital commerce for 2017. Marketplaces are a foundational element of any eCommerce strategy, underpinning and optimizing other projects such as omni-channel and personalization. Too often, though, retailers look at marketplace management as just another project, which is unfortunate when you consider the success other retailers have had with marketplaces:

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