Category: Amazon

Amazon Investigated Over Suspected Anti-Competitive Practices

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating Amazon to ascertain whether the company has a dominant position in the UK and whether it is abusing that position by giving an unfair advantage to its own retail business or sellers using its services when compared to other third-party sellers on the Amazon UK Marketplace. Does Amazon Offer Its Marketplace Sellers a Level Playing Field? According to a UK government press release, the investigation will focus on three main areas. These are: How Amazon collects and uses third-party seller data, including whether this gives Amazon an unfair advantage in relation to business decisions made by its retail arm. How Amazon sets criteria for allocation of suppliers to be the preferred/first choice… Read more »

Amazon Allows US Brands to Target Customers with Themed Email Campaigns

Amazon has long prohibited its sellers from sending promotional email campaigns to their customers acquired on the marketplace. However, according to a recent announcement, that stance is now shifting for a select group of sellers. US sellers that are part of Amazon’s Brand Registry program are now able to send themed promotional email campaigns to customers who have opted to “follow” their brands. Permitted campaign strategies include notifications about new products or promotions. Manage your customer engagement Email campaigns are managed using Amazon’s “Manage Your Customer Engagement” tool which is designed to increase repeat business and help brands build a more robust following on the Amazon platform. Amazon explains: “The Customer Engagement tool empowers brand owners registered in Brand Registry to engage… Read more »

Growing Your Business on eBay and Amazon Before Going BIG

Grow Your Business on BigCommerce

Starting a business on eBay or Amazon can be a straightforward process. You have stock, you list it, you sell it, and then it’s just a question of rinse and repeat. However, growing your business on eBay or Amazon is a much more complicated affair. As your business grows, you may experience growing pains. With increased warehouse space, additional staff picking and packing and managing your customer services and support, and ever-larger quantities of stock on order and in transit, those margins that once looked manageable when you were small suddenly start looking wafer-thin. Business growing pains It’s inevitable, as your turnover increases, so do your costs. Unfortunately, as a result of this rather inconvenient equation, there are a lot… Read more »

Why You Should Have Your Brand on Amazon as well as eBay

Why sell on Amazon

Once considered an auction house for bedroom sellers, eBay is now a reliable multi-channel marketplace that allows blue-chip sellers to offer their branded products to a huge audience. Adding to Amazon’s marketplace lets you increase the level of exposure your products get and reach a much bigger audience. There are many differences between the two platforms when it comes to selling, there are some real benefits when it comes to expanding. Why should you start selling on Amazon? To expand your reach: In 2020, between 350 to 450 million buyers visited Amazon.co.uk every month. And this amounts to double the number of global active users on eBay. It’s where most of your customers start their search: 63% of shoppers start… Read more »

What alternatives are there to FBA? [Fulfilment by Amazon] – Huboo

If you’re in e-commerce and you sell on Amazon, you’ve probably used FBA (Fulfilment by Amazon)…. But, let’s face it, you’ve probably also found yourself frustrated by FBA and have looked for alternatives, perhaps to no avail. Well, there is now an answer and we’re called Huboo – a new fulfilment service for e-commerce. We’ll admit, we may be just a little bit biased here at Huboo HQ, but we think our service comes with an enormous amount of benefits which make us a more than viable alternative to FBA. But because we’re such big fans of transparency, this will be a whistle stop tour of FBA vs. Huboo, so you can make your mind up yourself as to what… Read more »

Taking Your E-Commerce Business Multi-Channel – Points Sellers Need To Consider

multi-channel e-commerce

Platform loyalty allows you to simplify your inventory and distribution process. But it also puts your business at risk. When all your sales on one platform, suspensions or account issues are costly. For example, if you only sell on Amazon, an account suspension could end your business. Also, no matter how successful any one marketplace is, it will never sell to 100% of customers. Retailers who sell on two separate online marketplaces see a 190% jump in revenue over those who sell in just one. To be successful in e-commerce, your products must be wherever the customer is. Whether that means setting targeted ads to drive customers from social media to your product pages, or listing your products on high traffic… Read more »

What To Sell On Amazon – 7 Signs Of A High Profit Product

What to sell on Amazon

Are you trying to decide what to sell on Amazon? With more than 3 billion products listed on Amazon worldwide, chances are that whatever you are thinking of selling, it’s already being sold on Amazon. There’s still plenty of opportunity to make impressive profits selling products on Amazon, but it’s critical you’re able to offer unique, budget-friendly products with minimal competition to truly succeed on the site. The best profits are made by sellers who build an inventory of items with high demand and good profits. FBA has taken the logistical headache out of selling, but selecting desirable products that will market and sell well is still the responsibility of the seller. We are going to explain how to find these high demand,… Read more »

An Introduction To Selling With Amazon FBA

What is Amazon FBA?   FBA means fulfilled by Amazon. With the Amazon FBA program, you choose what you want to sell, send it to Amazon, and they do the rest for you. It’s a model that is growing in popularity. Because Amazon FBA makes it easier for you to build your business without having to worry about the logistics of warehouses, packaging materials, couriers and so on. With private labelling, you also have the opportunity to build your own brand, increasing the value of your business.   In this picture we can see that “Hyatt’s All Things Creative” is selling this fluid acrylic paint set on Amazon. They are also using the fulfilled by Amazon programme. When a third party seller sells… Read more »

A Sellers Guide To Amazon Brand Registry

Amazon Brand Registry Delivery

Who Can join Amazon Brand Registry?   Brand Registry is for sellers who are brand owners or manufacturers. It’s also open to distributors who have written permission from the brand owner to manage a specific product on Amazon. If you don’t fall into one of these categories, you won’t be able to join Amazon brand registry.   Why Should Sellers Join Amazon Brand Registry?   Joining Amazon Brand Registry is the best way to protect your brand from counterfeit issues or situations where your product content is changed by a third party seller. Brand Registry gives you more brand control and increased ability to deal with counterfeit products. Members of Brand Registry have access to tools to search for infringing products… Read more »

What Can We Learn From Social Media’s E-Commerce Gurus?

e-commerce guru

There was a time when e-commerce was just selling things online. Those were simpler times.   Today, searching #ecommerce on Twitter or Instagram will submerge you into a world of posts about drop shipping, flipping, and social selling. Social media has evolved retail beyond shop keeping. It’s now an aspirational route to financial freedom, and social media it teeming with e-commerce gurus, shouting about how to find the next hot trend and win big.   We’ve all been targeted by the Instagram posts promising a four hour work week or six figure salary selling private label products on Amazon. We have all seen the glamorous lifestyle shots; the cars and exotic locations that social media e-commerce gurus say come from… Read more »