Deb Liu, the Facebook exec who had been running the company’s Marketplace classified app, has been promoted. She is now formally the VP of Marketplace. Liu had previously been in charge of Facebook Platform. Taking her place will be Eddie O’Neil, a six-year Facebook veteran was previously a director of product management at the company.
OLX Group, the classifieds subsidiary of Naspers, named Ariel Meyer, a former EBay executive, as the company's head for Latin America. He is based in Miami, U.S..
The Australian arm of e-commerce giant EBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) promoted its chief marketing officer Tim MacKinnon to the role of managing director for Australia and New Zealand.
Gumtree in South Africa plans a used-car awards program in the hope of moving up from No. 3 auto site in the market behind AutoTrader.co.za and Cars.co.za, as measured by Effective Measure.
The marketplace EBay partnered with pan-African e-commerce site MallforAfrica to give locally-made African products better access to the U.S. market. Earlier this week, intercontinental trade began with two categories only, namely the fashion and style categories, and vendors from five African countries, namely South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Burundi.
Less than a year after the launch of Marketplace, Facebook is retooling its shopping app to appeal as much to businesses as well to individual users. Cars from local car dealerships and real estate listings from brokerages are up next, as are Daily Deals, sourced surprisingly from competitor EBay.
The merger of EBay India with Flipkart was officially clinched last week, and this week Flipkart appointed Anil Goteti, head of its marketplace division, retail products and operations, as head of EBay in India, reported Economic Times. Vidmay Naini, EBay India's current country manager, will report to Goteti.
Hepsiburada.com, one of the biggest online retailers in Turkey, appointed Hein Pretorius as CEO of the company. Pretorius, who served on the Hepsiburada advisory board between February and his appointment as CEO, was CEO of MIH Internet Group in Europe (a Naspers company) until 2014. He will start in his new position soon. Hepsiburada is a business of Doğan Online.
Marktplaats.nl, the leading general classifieds site in the Netherlands owned by EBay, has just added an iDEAL payments service to the site, to check the identity of users and so tackle the fraud issue.
With sister site Tmall.com taking over in terms of gross products moved, and used goods transactions being shuffled off to the mobile platform Xianyu, the future for Alibaba’s (NYSE: BABA) venerable used-and-new platform Taobao seems increasingly symbolic rather than practical. One prominent Taobao client is however China’s legal system, which has found in the platform a valuable third-party infrastructure for the selling off of seized goods. The Xinhua...