As Amazon continues to struggle to find new markets for its ecommerce business, one Canadian retailer is looking to the online marketplace for answers.
“We’ve had a lot of questions from the general public about our business and what’s happening to the marketplace,” says Jillian Gomes, co-founder and chief executive officer of the online retailer, Shopify.
Gomes says the retailer has heard similar questions about how the marketplace is handling some ecommerce statistics, which she says have been difficult to track.
“There’s been some misinformation that there are a lot more sites out there,” she said.
“But we’ve found out there are actually just a couple of dozen of them that we have active listings for and we’ve had to put up a number of sites to keep up with the growth of those sites.”
Gomes points to a number other retailers like Amazon.ca and Etsy as examples of sellers that are offering free shipping to Canada, but she says they are not yet offering free ecommerce sales.
“I’m actually going to give Etsy a shout out here.
They have a very active marketplace that we’re actually able to track, so we’re able to see exactly where that leads us,” Gomes said.
Goes says Shopify is working with a number local businesses to bring online sales to Canada and other markets, including those in Quebec and Alberta.
“They are looking at all these different options to get us there,” Goms said.
Awareness of the issue has grown among ecommerce buyers in Canada.
In an email sent out last week, Shopize stated that it has had more than 40,000 sales in Canada since it launched in November 2016, including more than 1,200 in Quebec.
“Our goal is to continue to grow, expand and be the best retailer we can be,” Gores said.