The week’s news: Swedish blogs, competing with Amazon, Line Mall and more

Happy new year and welcome to the first edition of “This week’s news” in 2014, a selection of links to interesting articles and news from the worlds of blogs, commerce and e-commerce.

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Olle Lidbom was one of the first bloggers in Sweden. In 2004 he started the blog Vassa Eggen. Back then, hardly anybody in Northern Europe knew what a blog was. But that changed quickly. Blogs revolutionized the Swedish media world. Resume.se describes how the blog phenomeon has evolved in the past 10 years. The original is in Swedish, here is a computer-translated version.

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With drones and Sunday shipping, Amazon is continuously making it hard for smaller retailers to compete. But it’s not totally impossible, as online marketing and e-commerce expert Alex Campbell explains in this article. He lists five actions retailers can do to give themselves a fighting chance against the e-commerce giant.

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The smartphone messaging market and the e-commerce world continue to get cozy: Line, the Japanese WhatsApp competitor is launching a marketplace called “Line Mall” in Japan. Through their Line accounts people and companies can sell and buy products. The official launch is planned for the spring.

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It’s really no surprise that during last Christmas, e-commerce sales hit new records. In Sweden, during the weeks before the holidays sales were 31 to 26 percent higher than in 2012.