6 Negotiation Strategies to Use With Your Chinese Suppliers

How to get better prices from your suppliers without sacrificing quality. Includes tried-and-tested email scripts that you can use straight away.

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This post is by Jae Jun, a seven-figure Amazon seller and founder of Gorilla ROI, software that connects Seller Central data to Google Sheets.

You’ve found a brilliant product on Amazon. The scouting methods and tools show you that this is the one.

You’ve gone through the initial steps of:

  • Contacting multiple suppliers and requesting samples
  • Rigorous sample testing
  • Narrowing it down to two suppliers based on the initial samples and price

At this point you are going to enter the negotiation stage as you don’t want to take the quoted prices at face value.

I’m going to share six simple strategies to help you negotiate and get better prices from your suppliers, without sacrificing quality and workmanship.

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How to Integrate with Amazon Vendor Using EDI

Amazon Vendor does not have an API, so retailers who want to integrate with the system have to get to grips with the obscure world of EDI

Amazon Vendor Central EDI

This post is by Katherine Khoo, Managing Director at ecommerce software development company Khoo Systems.

If you’re an Amazon Vendor (or a seller considering the Vendor program) the question of how to integrate with the system is likely to have come up. What does it take to connect with Amazon Vendor? And how does it work?

Amazon Vendor uses an interface called EDI (electronic data interchange) which allows you to extract order management data from Amazon Vendor. Unlike the Amazon marketplace and other common sales channels, Amazon Vendor does not have an API (application programming interface) so EDI is your only option.

In this post we’ll explore what EDI means, how it works for Vendors, and what it looks like technically.

To learn more about the Amazon Vendor program in general, see Amazon Vendor Central: Everything You Need to Know.

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Support Better and Sell More with eDesk from xSellco

Customer support is a vital part of ecommerce, but it can be time-consuming and costly. eDesk is transforming that process.

Ray Nolan of xSellco
Above: Ray Nolan, xSellco founder and CEO

One of the most time-consuming aspects to running an online business is customer support. It’s a buyers’ market, and consumers are more savvy than ever. They expect businesses to respond to their messages almost instantly and, if they don’t, they will shop elsewhere. 

But, if handled properly, customer service can be a business opportunity. Pre-sales contact can provide sellers with an opportunity to connect with potential customers and generate more sales.

xSellco has been developing software for multichannel sellers for eight years, and eDesk was created specifically to tackle the issues around customer service. Using artificial intelligence to generate automatic responses, eDesk can dramatically reduce response times, improving customer satisfaction and lowering the cost of support.

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Make Your Amazon Business More Profitable With Benchmarking

Improve your financial education with these six steps to make your business leaner, faster, more competitive and more profitable

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This post is by Jae Jun, a seven-figure Amazon seller and founder of Gorilla ROI, software that connects Seller Central data to Google Sheets.

In this article, I’ll take you through the steps to analyze your profit margins and find benchmarks to make sure your business is running at optimal levels.

Using the methods I outline below, I was able to take our business from a low 30% gross profit range to 35-45% margins for many of our products.

This helped us break out from a sales plateau of $250k in revenue to over $2M in a few short years. Our sales continue to grow quickly today.

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The Best Inventory Management Software for Selling on Marketplaces

Manage your listings across multiple channels with the best ecommerce inventory management tools available, in four different categories.

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Whether you’re selling through your own store or on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Walmart, or somewhere else, there’s inventory management software that will work for you. Read on to discover the perfect tool to help you streamline your overheads, maximize your sales, and use every channel for your ecommerce advantage.

Here’s what you’ll find in this guide:

  • The best value all-rounder inventory management software. These tools provide a wide variety of features suitable for most marketplaces and listings, at a highly competitive price.
  • The best inventory management software for international selling. Learn about the tools best-suited for selling on marketplaces around the world.
  • The best inventory management software for U.S. marketplaces. If you need support for up-and-coming sales channels like Facebook Marketplace and Google Shopping Actions, as well as the more established marketplaces, this is where to look.
  • The best British inventory management software. The U.K. has a strong field of home-grown multichannel systems with excellent support for British marketplaces and parcel couriers.
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