CE Marking for Private Labels and Brands: How to Get Compliant

Fredrik Gronkvist explains what CE marking is, which products are covered, how to make your products compliant and how much it costs

This post is by Fredrik Gronkvist, the co-founder of Chinaimportal.com, in Hong Kong. They provide free online courses for importers who want to learn more about manufacturing in Asia, product regulations and shipping.

What is CE marking? What kind of products need CE marking? And who is actually responsible for making sure the product gets CE marked?

These are questions I see in my inbox on a daily basis.

CE marking is misunderstood, but not necessarily as complicated as you might think.

In this article, I will explain what every importer and online seller must know about CE marking, what it takes to make a product compliant and how much it’ll cost you.

Continue reading...

All the Software and Services You Need

Web Retailer has the world's leading directory of software tools and service providers for online sellers.

We focus on online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay.

Expanding to new marketplaces?

see Multichannel Management

Selling across borders?

see International Selling

Making delivery more efficient?

see Shipping & Fulfillment

Automating your pricing?

see Pricing & Repricing

Researching products to sell?

see Product Sourcing

Working on your reputation?

see Feedback, Reviews & Support

Looking for outside help?

see Outsourcing & Consultants

Improving your finances?

see Financial Management

Starting to sell independently?

see Online Stores & Social Media

There are also dedicated categories for the leading marketplaces Amazon and eBay, and we cover all online marketplaces worldwide including Etsy, Jet.com, Walmart, Mercado Libre, Tesco, Cdiscount and many more.

Try our Advanced Search to find software compatible with a specific marketplace or shopping cart, or that are integrated with tools you already use.

Browse our Buying Guides for detailed information, in plain English, about all our categories and how to choose the right software or services for your needs.

Browse the Directory

Amazon Account Suspensions: Myths and Facts

Chris McCabe blows up some of the biggest misconceptions that sellers have about Amazon’s suspension and reinstatement process

This post is by Chris McCabe, a former Investigation Specialist for Amazon’s Seller Performance team and founder of ecommerceChris.com. ecommerceChris shows Amazon sellers how to keep their accounts healthy, or, if the worst should happen, how to get their account back from a suspension.

UPDATED January 2018: this second edition has been completely reviewed and revised with four brand new myths.

Amazon account suspensions are still very common, and happen frequently – fact. Either temporarily or permanently, sellers are losing cherished ASINs and seeing their accounts suspended at a rapid clip. It could be due to policy violations, code of conduct violations, suspected bad behavior, or simply having poor metrics.

Given my Seller Performance background at Amazon, I do my best to guide sellers through the root causes of their account suspensions. However, I’m seeing more and more sellers coming to me with misconceptions about suspensions, or posting incorrect advice on social media and seller forums.

I don’t know where these sellers are getting their information from, but it could potentially harm their chances of being reinstated. So, in this post, I will be addressing four common myths to help sellers develop a clearer understanding of the account suspension and reinstatement process.

Continue reading...

How to Differentiate Your Ecommerce Business From Your Competitors

Travis Romine suggests ways to set your business apart and raise the barriers to entry, and make it harder for competitors to copy you

This post is by Travis Romine, an ecommerce growth consultant at Sharp Commerce and previous owner of ParadiseFibers.com. He consults for online retailers throughout the US on building high performance ecommerce businesses, growth strategy and digital marketing.

Why would someone buy from you rather than your competition?

That’s an incredibly tough question even for some of the veteran online retailers that I review.

If you’re new to ecommerce, make sure you determine your differentiator before lifting a finger on your website. Doing this will help keep your business model relevant regardless of marketplace trends and Google algorithm changes.

It’s no coincidence that my most successful clients, who are doing over $25 million a year, all have a solid differentiator.

Continue reading...

More In Depth Posts