This post is by Fredrik Gronkvist, an experienced product developer based in Shanghai. Since 2011, he has helped hundreds of companies in the EU, US and Asia manage manufacturing in China. Fredrik is also the co-founder of Chinaimportal.com, a leading online knowledge base for all topics related to importing products from Asia.
Product regulations are harmonized in the European Union, so you don’t need to keep track of different regulations in each member state. That being said, navigating the regulatory landscape in the EU can still be incredibly complex and time-consuming.
In this article, I will give you a broad introduction to product regulations in the European Union. Keep reading, and learn about electronic safety standards, chemical regulations, documentation requirements and the rules for laboratory testing.
You will also find out what might happen if you fail to ensure compliance.
This post is by Jennifer Dunn, Chief of Content at TaxJar. Throughout her writing career, she has specialized in demystifying tricky income and sales tax concepts for business owners. Connect with Jennifer at @TaxJarJenn.
“Tax-free weekend.” “Severe weather preparedness holiday.” Depending on what part of the country you’re in, you may see sales tax holidays crop up in your state from time to time. As a buyer, they can be a great way to save a few bucks on school supplies or a new, more energy-efficient washing machine.
But as an online seller, sales tax holidays can present a major headache. If buyers are buying school supplies from your out-of-state online store during the tax-free weekend, they’re going to expect a tax-free purchase. If you aren’t prepared, you may end up with some unhappy customers.
But before we get to how online sellers should handle sales tax holidays, let’s back up. What’s the deal with sales tax holidays anyway?
This post is by Greg Mercer, the founder of Amazon product research tool Jungle Scout, and a solution for Amazon product reviews, Review Kick.
The formula to finding a perfect product to sell on Amazon is deceptively simple: find a product with enough demand, limited competition, and enough profit margin at the end of the day to make it all worthwhile.
Through my experience researching and launching dozens of products, I have learned many lessons the hard way. There’s no need for you to go through my learning experiences yourself. In this post, I will outline five mistakes that Amazon sellers make when they research products.
This post is by Manuel Becvar, Founder & CEO of sourcing education site Import Dojo. Manuel has been living and working in Hong Kong for the last 11 years. He runs several businesses including a sourcing company and a private label business selling products on Amazon, as well as public speaking and providing online courses.
How do you find a private label product to sell? This is the number one question I get asked on an almost daily basis.
I have no definite answer for you today but I will break it down in two parts including a step-by-step example of how I select products. Hopefully you’ll get a few ideas!
We will look at:
- How to pick a product niche, by looking at your personal situation.
- How to pick a product to private label within your niche.
This post is by Leah McHugh, an ecommerce consultant for ecommerceChris.com. For Amazon sellers, having their merchant account suspended means losing time and money trying to get back in business. ecommerceChris shows sellers how to keep their accounts healthy, or, if the worst should happen, how to get their account back from a suspension. This post is an extended version of Decoding Amazon’s New Barcode Policy, published on the ecommerceChris blog.
Earlier this year, Amazon quietly made a change to its Product UPC and GTINs policy (Seller Central login required). It now states:
We verify the authenticity of product UPCs by checking the GS1 database. UPCs that do not match the information provided by GS1 will be considered invalid. We recommend obtaining your UPCs directly from GS1 (and not from other third parties selling UPC licenses) to ensure the appropriate information is reflected in the GS1 database.
What does that mean for sellers?
Well, first you need to understand why Amazon has made this change. Right now, Amazon has millions of duplicate listings, where someone has slapped their own barcode onto an existing product in the catalog. Duplicate listings are not good for buyer experience. It confuses customers and dilutes product reviews.
The GS1 policy gives Amazon tighter control of what constitutes a valid listing and reduces the chance of duplicate listings. How? Let’s take a look at how barcodes work.