International Ecommerce Roundup: Our Best Posts on Cross-Border Trade
International ecommerce – selling directly to consumers abroad – is growing at a tremendous rate. For sellers it’s a compelling proposition: expand into huge new markets with less competition, and reach new buyers who may be willing to pay more than your customers at home.
Those benefits are real, but there are plenty of challenges to go with them: language and culture, taxes and regulations, logistics and timezones.
Here’s a roundup of articles from the Web Retailer blog focusing on cross-border trade. They cover specific international marketplaces like Cdiscount and Rakuten Japan, product regulations and taxes in the EU, sales tax in the US, international returns, currency exchange and more. I hope they help you unravel some of the complexities of international ecommerce.
The Lazy Seller: 15 Minutes a Day to Run an Amazon Business
Think of an entrepreneur, and it’s likely your image will be of someone who is extremely busy: taking calls, responding to emails, and dealing with dozens of problems that come up every day. It’s a manic life, or so we’re led to believe.
One entrepreneur who takes a more relaxed approach, but still manages to be extremely successful, is private label Amazon seller Adam Hudson.
In this interview, Adam talks about how he built a business with annual sales of one million dollars and a really high profit margin. He puts about 15 minutes a day into the business. This is how private labeling is supposed to work, but very rarely does.
Adam also bucks the private label trend for low cost, low quality products. He doesn’t try to screw his Chinese suppliers on price either. In fact, when he receives a quote, he asks them to charge him 20% more. Why would anyone do that? Read on to find out.
Our Top Ten Alternative Marketplaces in Europe from Allegro to Zalando
This post is by Craig Agutter, EMEA Ecommerce Manager at international currency transfer provider World First.
Online sellers know that marketplaces are a good bet for selling internationally, offering a safe and easy way to reach customers abroad.
But there’s no reason to limit yourself to eBay and Amazon. Europe is full of diverse online marketplaces with large and loyal customer bases.
So in this post, I’ve outlined my top ten alternative marketplaces to consider when trying to sell across Europe.
Loans for Amazon and eBay Sellers: Your Questions Answered
This post is by Radoslav Albrecht, the founder and CEO of Bitbond. Based in Berlin, Bitbond is a peer-to-peer lending platform that specializes in providing loans to online sellers and small businesses. The platform uses bitcoin as a payment network and is therefore available to everyone who has access to the internet. Previous to starting Bitbond, Radoslav was advising banks at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and has worked for Deutsche Bank in London.
As a seller on eBay and Amazon you’ve doubtlessly thought about driving the growth of your online business. Whether its financing new inventory, hiring new staff, or keeping up with increasing demand, growing your business can be an expensive endeavor.
At Bitbond, we’ve helped finance 1,400 loans worth more than €740,000 to small businesses and online sellers. We operate globally, and often receive questions from international online sellers unsure whether a loan is the right choice for them. Our community is over 40,000 strong, but we recognize that many eBay and Amazon sellers still have doubts about growing their business with external financing.
Below, I have given detailed answers to the most commonly asked questions. We will cover all important aspects of financing for online sellers located in the US and abroad. With the information in this post, you will be able to decide if external financing is right for you, and what your next step should be.
7 Challenges Selling Health, Beauty and Nutritional Products on Amazon
This post is by Michael Butcher, a Senior Account Manager at SellerEngine. His career in ecommerce dates back to 2001, taking in both online retailers and digital marketing agencies. Michael has been with SellerEngine since 2011, and has helped dozens of health and beauty sellers grow their revenues on Amazon, while avoiding the many pitfalls of selling in this challenging category.
The health and beauty market is a huge force in retail, both online and off. It incorporates a wide range of products including health and personal care, nutritional supplements, medicines and creams, as well as beauty and cosmetics. Sales are high. In the US, health and beauty accounts for $300bn a year in sales, beaten only by groceries.
Amazon is the dominant online retailer for health and beauty products, as it is for many categories. I’ve seen a huge influx of sellers going into health and beauty on the Amazon marketplace, particularly in the last three years.
Its popularity among sellers is somewhat surprising, because health and beauty is one of the most challenging categories to sell in. These are products that go on or in the body, so safety and quality are of paramount importance. Brand names drive a lot of buying decisions, so counterfeiting is a big issue. And many items are liquids or creams, and contain organic ingredients, so they are fragile and can go bad if left in storage too long.
In this post, I’ll look in detail at the health and beauty market on Amazon, particularly the challenges that are unique to this category. I’ll cover what those challenges are, why they matter, and how you can overcome them to become a successful health and beauty seller on the Amazon marketplace.