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The Web Retailer News Digest for January 15th, 2021

Right on time for the new year returns boom, we learn more about Amazon and Walmart’s “just keep it” policy, and discover that 7.5% of returns are fraudulent.

By Andy Geldman

The Web Retailer News Digest for January 15th, 2021

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The Web Retailer News Digest for January 15th, 2021

Right on time for the new year returns boom, we learn more about Amazon and Walmart’s “just keep it” policy, and discover that 7.5% of returns are fraudulent.

By Andy Geldman


The Web Retailer News Digest for January 8th, 2021

Amazon has some good news for sellers, eBay is selling off one of its country marketplaces, and delivery drones get a step closer to deployment in US cities.

By Andy Geldman


Are FBA Limits Killing New Product Launches?

Fulfillment centers are full to bursting and Amazon has been ramping up storage limits to try and get the problem under control. Sellers are suffering.

By Andy Geldman


Would You Let Amazon Liquidate Your Returns and Excess Stock?

Amazon is piloting a new program to help FBA merchants resell returns and liquidate stock. Would you take this option instead of disposal or removal?

By Andy Geldman


Don’t Diversify Away From Amazon. Go All-In Instead.

Amazon marketplace “roll-up” companies are buying FBA businesses, but they aren’t looking for the next big thing. All they want to do is sell more on Amazon.

By Andy Geldman


The Future of Ecommerce is a Psychedelic Mashup of Online Trends

Influencers, live video streaming, social media, gamification and ecommerce have been combined into one chaotic and addictive shopping experience.

By Andy Geldman


Why Amazon Will Never Be The “Everything Store”

Amazon’s latest expansion makes it clear where its limitations lie. Luxury Stores looks great and keeps out the riff raff, but it will never catch on.

By Andy Geldman


Amazon’s Immune System is Essential to its Existence

The only way Amazon can handle the scale of activity on its marketplace is with automation. It would be a very different place without this immune system.

By Andy Geldman


Amazon Seller Account Registration: Is Video Screening the Answer?

Chris McCabe looks at a new program which vets Amazon sellers over video calls. There are a lot of upsides, but will it make it past the pilot stage?

By Chris McCabe


Amazon Brand Protection is Broken: Here’s How to Fix It

Amazon has brands playing whack-a-mole to address counterfeit issues. It’s time to put down the mallet and adopt a proactive enforcement strategy.

By James Thomson and Joseph Hansen


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