This post is by Jake Rheude, the Director of Business Development and Marketing for ecommerce fulfillment company Red Stag Fulfillment (RSF). When the owners of e-retail businesses could not find a high-quality fulfillment partner, the decision was made to build their own, and the result was Red Stag Fulfillment. This post was originally published on the RSF blog as The Future of Distribution.
Every economic system has segments that produce products and consumers who need them. Between these segments is the distribution system.
Sometimes the distribution system is itself made up of several segments and sometimes it controls production as well. In some industries the producers have taken over the distribution of their products.
No matter how it functions, the role of the distribution system is to efficiently find consumers who need particular products and to ensure that they have access and the ability to buy them if they want.
This post is by Géric Javid of ecommerce software company Boost My Shop. Based in the Marseille area, France, Géric has managed websites and marketplace seller accounts for retailers since 2006, mainly in the high-tech and home furnishing product categories. At Boost My Shop, he oversees development of their Magento-based repricing tool for Cdiscount, Amazon, Fnac and other marketplaces.
Cdiscount is one of the largest and most important ecommerce web sites in France.
With sales of €2.74 billion in 2015, of which €1 billion is from their marketplace C le Marché, they are a giant in the industry.
Not only that, the Cdiscount marketplace is less competitive than Amazon France, and they are active in recruiting and supporting international sellers.
Read on to learn more about Cdiscount, and decide whether they are a marketplace that you could benefit from selling through.
This post is by Todd Ryan, a Florida-based IT manager who has been selling online since 1999. He currently concentrates on the Amazon marketplace, growing 100% year-on-year and employing three people in the business.
A lot of sellers find themselves in between a hobby and a business. They start selling as a hobby, just to make a little extra income, and enjoy the process of buying and selling. But after a while it’s not as much fun as it used to be. It takes more and more time, and a lot of the work becomes frustrating and repetitive. It’s no longer a good hobby.
But it’s often not a great business either. It may be profitable, but only just. If you are in this situation, you can find yourself working a lot of hours, but discover – when you properly calculate all of your costs – that you are making less than the minimum wage.
Many sellers struggle with making the leap from hobby selling into building a legitimate business. Making that change isn’t everyone’s goal, but it was certainly a pivotal point for me and my business. This post is about what I’ve learned in taking that path, and I hope it helps you if you’re on that same journey.
This post is by Igor Nusinovich, the CEO and co-founder of Valigara. Valigara provides a multi-channel marketing platform for selling jewelry, diamonds and gemstones online. Valigara also provides ecommerce outsourcing services to jewelry retailers, managing all their online marketing, sales and customer service.
Now is an exciting time for jewelry sellers. Global sales are expected to grow by 5% to 6% each year, reaching a projected $250 billion by 2020. Consumer demand fell during the last recession, but it has since recovered and is now stronger than ever.
Demand has increased, but so has the level of competition. The wide variety of businesses who sell jewelry – including designers, retailers and manufacturers – now have to cast their net wider to find a receptive market and generate healthy sales.
In this guide I will take a broad look at the world of selling jewelry online. I’ll provide a primer on the main categories of jewelry that are sold, then look at the businesses that sell them and the latest buying trends.
I’ll cover the challenges faced when selling jewelry online, and the most important sales channels including Amazon, eBay, “alternative” online marketplaces, and independent webstores.
This post is by Danny McMillan, a London-based Amazon Seller who sells in Europe and the US. Danny has previously worked in the music industry and with tech start-ups. He is now a public speaker and regularly co-presents at the UK’s largest Meetup group for Amazon sellers on subjects including PPC and conversion optimization.
The Canton Fair is a great place to choose for your first product sourcing mission. But to get the most out of the experience, you have to properly prepare for your visit. That can take a lot time when you are learning everything from scratch. I hope that this article will slash your prep time and save you some of the pain my business partner and I went through on our first visit.
During my first Canton Fair, I actually over-planned and as a result, most of my plans did not pan out as expected. However, it was still an amazing experience and we learned some valuable lessons along the way.
Here are just a few of the things I wish I had been told pre-Canton. I’ve also included some great tips from six Amazon experts I met along the way: Will Tjernlund, Michael Michelini, Chris Davey, Manuel Becvar, Ashley Thompson, Ashish Monga and Greg Mercer.