Emerging Payment Companies on the rise of e-Commerce

Global trends of business have been strengthening e-commerce sector, even before Covid-19 Pandemic. In 2020, it has been a only way to do business in USA when lockdown was announced statewide, particularly New York and California. Due to the importance of online transactions, payment companies are getting attention and higher valuation as well.

There are immense investment interest in payment companies including established ones and emerging new players based on small business. Visa and PayPal Holdings are globally known companies in this sector.

There are BigCommerce, Bill.com, and Coupa Software. Among them, Wix might be a newcomer yet potential one, due to its bases on website building packages that small business owners are familiar with (Demos, 2020, August 27). Wix has some 180 million registered users globally and currently partners with GoDaddy as a endorsed payment (Demos, 2020, August 27Norton, 2020, August 28).

Cite as: 

Rachel Kim (2020, August 25). Emerging Payment Companies on the rise of e-Commerce, The Blue Ocean Management.com, retrieved from: https://theblueoceanmanagement.com/trendforesight

AstraZeneca Makes a Big Splash

Among Covid-19 vaccine candidates, the Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine might be worthwhile to mention here. Their vaccine is going to deliver the genetic code for the spikes coming out of  the new coronavirus and generate an immune response to fight against coronavirus.

The generic code was developed from chimpanzees and showed minor side effect in humans in phase 1 and 2. Phase 3 clinical trials started with 30,000 participants in US in August and with 70,000 in the UK, Brazil and South Africa. Production estimate is that AstraZeneca will be able to produce 2 billion doses worldwide (Rivas, A., Loftus, P. & Cervantes, A., 2020, September 1; Deng & Walker, 2020, August 6).

Cite as:

Rachel Kim (2020, September 2). AstraZeneca makes a big splash, The Blue Ocean Management, retrieved from:http://theblueoceanmanagement.com

Mobile Games are Hot

Now than ever, a cellphone is a consumer necessity for authorization to work systems, for delivery, for opening door, for social network, for a ride, of course, and for even education: such as Moodle or Education systems. As the reflection of the facts listed, Apple continues to rise its share price today, September 1, 2020, regardless of political uncertainty upcoming presidential election in US or trade tension with China.

If you missed an opportunity to invest in current stock market trend, let’s think what can be sold to mobile phone users? Here comes mobile games that do not need video game consoles. Mobile gaming markets have grown incrementally as shown the graph below( WePC, 2018).

Zynga’ games: FarmVille or CityVille, earned its popularity and name recognition via Facebook. When Facebook made a new game appear before the games known, in 2012, Zynga Inc had lost $22.8 million in its second quarter and its stock went down to 70% from its initial public offering price: $10. Zynga Inc restructured its top managers to integrate web and mobile platforms in 2012 July, according to the company’s announcement. Zynga delayered its previous structure between its CEO, John Schappert, and its Chief Mobile Officer, David Ko, which looked to emphasize on mobile game offering via Android and iPhones (Raice, 2012, August 9).

In 2020, August 31, Zynga shares rose 5.57%, in part because its second quarter earnings expected to be higher than its published guidance of $460 million and to complete its acquisition of Peak, Turkish Mobile game studio (Needleman, 2020, June 1).

Cite as:

Rachel Kim (2020, September 1). Mobile Games are Hot, The Blue Ocean Management, Retrieved from: http://theblueoceanmanagement.com/

 

References:

Needleman, 2020, June 1, Wall Street Journal

Raice, 2012, August 9,Wall Street Journal

WePC, 2018

Long Inflation Ahead

US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced that central bank will allow inflation to go higher than 2% for a certain period in August 27, 2020. US market responded as being prepared for long-term inflation: Gold rose and fell; Bond yields fell and rose; stock futures were mostly down while major indexes were higher one day after, August 28, 2020. Since 2008, US has targeted inflation below 2%. (Vigna & Hirtenstein, 2020, August 27). Assuming that US banks will increase interest rate, US bank sector in US stock went up. S&P500’s financial sector rose 1.7%.

Cite as “ Rachel Kim (2020, August 25). Long Inflation Ahead, The Blue Ocean Management.com, retrieved from: https://theblueoceanmanagement.com/2020/08/28/long-inflation-ahead/ 

 

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