Monthly Archives: April 2019

Amazon Seller Fulfilled Prime: All Your Questions Answered

Amazon’s Seller Fulfilled Prime program gives sellers the advantages of the Prime badge without having to use FBA. So what’s the catch?

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Amazon Prime has changed the face of online shopping since its debut in 2005. Prime made it possible for consumers to get unlimited orders delivered to their doors within two days, for a flat annual price.

It didn’t take long for shoppers to learn that when they see the Prime badge on an item, they will get fast, free and reliable delivery. As a result, products which qualify for Prime get a lot more attention and sales from the 100+ million Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S.

Sellers want a piece of this action too, but at first they could only qualify for Prime by putting their inventory into the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program. FBA works well but can be expensive and isn’t a good option for all items.

This changed when Amazon released Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP). With SFP, businesses running their own shipping operation can get the Prime badge on their products without using FBA. For some businesses, SFP completely changes the Amazon game for them.

Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Seller Fulfilled Prime.

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How AMZAlert Works to Protect Your Amazon Listings: Step-By-Step

Track any changes to your Amazon products including titles, images, hijackers and reviews. Alerts are sent within minutes of being targeted.

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Sabotage from other sellers is a big problem on Amazon. For many sellers, their competitors are constantly trying to jump on their listings, submitting fake reviews and trying to interfere with their product details. It’s essential to continually monitor your Amazon products, but doing that manually is resource-intensive and exhausting.

AMZAlert is a specialized, automated tool for monitoring Amazon listings. It continually scans your products and lets you know if there’s a problem. This saves hours every week, and gives peace of mind that if one of your ASINs is under attack you will know about it fast.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the AMZAlert software and let you know how it works, so you can focus your efforts on growing your Amazon seller business, not on watching out for competitors.

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Ecommerce Inventory Management Software: Demystified!

Here’s everything you need to know to find the right inventory management software for your multichannel ecommerce business

Inventory management software (IMS) is vital for most ecommerce businesses. Whether you’re selling through an ecommerce website, or on third-party marketplaces, you need to track and manage all your product lines. With the right IMS you’ll be able to optimize your stock levels, manage sales on multiple channels, and maximize your revenues and profits.

We’ve noticed that there’s lots of confusion about exactly what an IMS is and what it does. That’s why we’ve created this complete guide that tells you everything you need to know. From what an IMS can do, and the main benefits and features, through to advice on choosing the right IMS for your online retail business and any potential pitfalls.

We’ll help you see through the jargon and the marketing to find the perfect IMS for your online retail and marketplace needs. Although there are plenty of IMS products for traditional retailers, we’re going to focus on inventory management software designed for ecommerce, including third-party marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

Let’s get into it.

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5 Chinese Marketplaces For Western Brands and Online Sellers

Brands and online sellers should consider these marketplaces first when looking to unlock China – the largest consumer market in the world.

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This post is by Craig Agutter, Head of Corporate Online and Ecommerce, EMEA at WorldFirst.

You will have likely heard it before but it bears repeating – China is one of the largest and fastest growing ecommerce markets in the world. With 804.5 million internet users in China as of 2018, the online share of retail sales is expected to rise to an incredible 33.6% in 2019, amounting to $4.87 trillion in GMV.

For sheer bombastic sales events, nothing comes close to “Singles Day” in China, held on 11th November each year. An “anti-Valentine’s Day” of sorts, it was adopted by the Chinese ecommerce giant, Alibaba, in 2009 and transformed into an occasion when everyone buys themselves gifts. Over $30 billion of products were sold last year – several times Amazon’s Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined.

Despite its size, the Chinese market can seem daunting for Western brands or retailers. Before any online seller makes the leap, it is important to bear Chinese consumer preferences and behavior in mind, not least the importance of selling via marketplace platforms, in addition to the usual challenges presented by cross-border trade.

What should sellers know before jumping into the largest ecommerce market on Earth? Which marketplaces welcome cross-border sellers? What are the practical steps involved in getting started?

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The World’s Top Online Marketplaces 2019

Find out which online marketplaces rule their countries, regions and product categories in our definitive list of marketplaces worldwide.

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Globally, more than 50% of ecommerce sales were made through online marketplaces in 2018, and that is forecast to grow to about two-thirds within five years.

We are well acquainted with the likes of Amazon, eBay, Rakuten and Alibaba – the giants of online retail – but who are the rising stars? Who are the other big players around the world? Which are the best places to sell niche products?

In this post, we have compiled a definitive list of all the online marketplaces around the world,  and we answer those questions and more.

We start with the complete list of 146 marketplaces, then we look at the most popular product categories, and the best-served global regions. We include a detailed breakdown of the top four product categories – fashion, books, homewares and electronics – and finally take a look at the top marketplaces by region.

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