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California’s Online Sales Tax Date, Alibaba’s Starbucks Store and Adobe’s Stock Fall


California Sets Online Sales Tax Date

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) will be enforcing online sales tax for out-of-state sellers starting April 1, 2019. Once implemented, the CDFTA will require all retailers who aren’t physically located in the state to collect sales tax if their sales and services surpass $100,000 or 200 annual transactions. There are 23 other states that currently have an online sales tax law in place, such as Wisconsin, Illinois, Hawaii and Washington. In addition, 7 more states are planning to have tax laws enforced starting January 1, 2019.

What stood out to us? 26 more states to go. Good time to buy Avalara stock as big brother’s arm grows longer.

Why should you care? Taxation without representation.

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Starbucks, Alibaba Virtual Store

Starbucks has launched its first ever virtual store in China with ecommerce giant Alibaba. The virtual store allows customers to order food and drinks on the China Starbucks app and three Alibaba Group apps including Taobao, Tmall and Alipay. The virtual store is built through an online management app that was created by Alibaba specifically for Starbucks. Starbucks called this move a “groundbreaking digital collaboration” that will bring “new levels of engagement” to the marketplace.

What stood out to us? Alibaba is always brewing something up.

Why should you care? This could become big everywhere except California… taxation without representation people!

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Adobe Stocks Hit, Acquisitions to Blame

Adobe’s stocks have taken a hit, with their recent acquisitions of Marketo and Magento playing a big role. Shares were down about 5.5% early Friday morning despite their initial strong earning release. Back in October, Adobe acquired Marketo for $4.75 billion and Magento for $1.68 billion. Acquisitions aside, Adobe met expectations. If these acquisitions were removed from the picture, earning per share would have been approximately $1.90.

What stood out to us? This is as scary as a Magento 2 upgrade.

Why should you care? Don’t blame this on the community that developed Magento for free and did not receive a dime of the $1.68 billion.

In the headlines

  • Amazon is feeling merry: They have extended free shipping until December 18th… for all those last minute shoppers out there.
  • Petco, where the online shoppers go: Petco has announced their new buy online, pick up in store feature in a number of their stores.
  • Adidas and Snapchat pair up: Adidas is using Snapchat to let users virtually try on a new running shoe.
  • Walgreens’ portal: They are now selling excess merchandise through B2B portals.

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