All posts by Alex Knight

About Alex Knight

Alex Knight is a staff writer for Web Retailer.

A journalism graduate from City University, London, Alex has written for a range of publications including City Metric and Sky Sports News. He has also written and produced a short independent documentary on the battle to save London’s Norton Folgate.

Alex’s topics of interest are ecommerce, sport and architecture. He considers himself a multimedia specialist having produced written content, podcasts and video reports.

How to Choose an Amazon FBA Prep Service

Alex Knight looks at FBA prep: why it’s important, why sellers decide to outsource, and how to choose the right FBA prep service

Preparing your inventory for FBA can prove frustrating. You’re running low on stock at the Fulfillment Center, orders are pouring in but you’ve hit a bottleneck – you can’t prepare your inventory quick enough to meet demand.

At this point, you decide it’s time to outsource your FBA prep to a third party but there’s so many factors to consider that you’re a little lost. You’re essentially handing responsibility for part of your business over to a third party, so you want to be absolutely sure you’ve considered everything and made the right decision.

To help you decide, we’ve explained what FBA prep is, identified why many sellers choose to outsource it and explored some of the most important factors to consider when choosing an FBA prep service.

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eBay Turbo Lister Replacements: Five of the Best Alternatives

Alex Knight picks out alternative listing tools for eBay sellers still relying on eBay’s much-loved but now obsolete Turbo Lister

This month marks the end of an era, as eBay retires its listing tool, Turbo Lister, after almost two decades of service.

Turbo Lister always splits opinion, as some eBay sellers opted for a third-party listing tool long ago. For many others though, Turbo Lister’s ability to create listings offline and upload them in bulk to eBay, for free, made it their listing tool of choice.

It is these sellers who are now left with a tough decision. On one hand there is eBay’s “improved” Seller Hub, which does feature a listing tool. But, it is not a desktop application like Turbo Lister and doesn’t have either the option to work offline, or the capacity to store finished listings.

This is driving many sellers to third-party listing tools. But, with several tools claiming to be the premier Turbo Lister replacement, it can be hard to decipher which is right for you. Maybe you’ve tried several already, but haven’t found one you like, or are yet to find one with all the features you need.

To help, we’ve taken five listing tools that sellers could use to replace Turbo Lister: SixBit, Xpress Lister, Wonder Lister, Ad-Lister and CrazyLister. I’ve reviewed their key features, and identified which type of sellers they are most suited to.

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Spotlight on Payability: The Quickest Way to Get Your Amazon Payouts

Amazon marketplace sellers can get their sales proceeds the next day using this innovative service

When businesses struggle, most of the time it isn’t due to low sales or inefficient management, it’s due to cash flow problems.

In fact, it’s when businesses are growing rapidly that they are most at risk: bills get bigger before sales do, and need to be paid before the cash starts rolling in. Stellar sales have actually been the downfall of many companies.

Amazon sellers are not immune to cash flow problems. Their sales proceeds are held for two weeks before being paid out, so stocks will dwindle and payment deadlines draw closer before they see a single cent. Businesses selling to Amazon as vendors have it worse, with typical payment terms of 30, 60 or 90 days after invoicing.

Payability is one business helping Amazon sellers and vendors tackle their cash flow problems. They take the age-old practice of “factoring” and offer it online to Amazon sellers at competitive rates. Here’s how it works and why you might want to use it.

Note: Payability is only available to Amazon sellers and vendors in the U.S.

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The Truth About Amazon Search Ranking Services

Alex Knight investigates Amazon SEO services. Can they deliver on their promises, and should sellers feel safe using them?

Hello!

I am an Amazon SEO expert. We offer a very safe and amazingly quick strategy to rank products on Amazon.

I have a long and successful experience of SEO and can rank your product on the first page of results for a specific keyword.

All our work is 100% safe and you won’t be banned. We guarantee the first page or your money back.

Contact us now by email or Skype if you really want to increase your sales!
 

If you sell on Amazon, you are probably familiar with messages like this, professing to be from an “Amazon SEO expert” who can bump your product up to the first page of search results.

You are probably just as familiar with moving that email to your trash, and thinking no more about it. Just another phishing scam, right?

That’s what I thought too. But then I heard, from a reliable source, that these services can actually work. I was shocked, and more than a little skeptical, so decided to investigate further. Can these services really deliver on their promises? Or are they just trying to get access to your Amazon account? Will using them get you suspended?

Those are the questions I want to answer in this post.

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Amazon Suspension Insurance: Your Questions Answered

You can now buy insurance to protect your business against Amazon bans. Will it really pay out if the worst happens?

Being suspended from Amazon is a seller’s worst nightmare. Sales stop and payments are frozen, sometimes for weeks or months, while you desperately make your case for reinstatement. Your expenses – loans, wages, rent and more – continue to mount up all the time you are suspended.

Account suspension is not a rare occurrence. In our survey last year it was the biggest concern for over 60% of Amazon sellers. Some sellers are banned because they fail to meet Amazon’s performance metrics, others are brought down by product quality issues, and others still are kicked off due to underhand tactics by their competitors.

A growing number of Amazon suspension consultants offer expert advice to help sellers get reinstated, but it’s still a nail-biting process. Success can take days or weeks, and there is no guarantee of getting the suspension lifted at all.

In March this year, Amazon suspension insurance was introduced to the market. The new insurance covers lost sales and expenses while you are suspended, addressing head-on the serious damage that suspension can cause.

Surprisingly, many sellers have remained on the fence about suspension insurance. Some think it’s just too good to be true – they can’t believe that anyone would insure them against the random whims of one of the world’s largest companies. Others doubt that the insurance will really pay out as promised.

So, we set out to demystify Amazon suspension insurance and explain the whole process, right from applying for a policy through to making a claim when you have been suspended.

Thank you to Nicole Geiger Welden and Matt Lovell of W.E.L.L. Insurance for their help with this article.

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