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EU Declaration of Conformity: What Amazon Sellers Need to Know

Amazon is asking sellers on its European sites for their products’ Declaration of Conformity. What is a DoC and how can sellers get one?

This post is by Ferry Vermeulen, Founder of INSTRKTIV, a company which helps businesses develop compliant product documentation and user manuals.

When selling certain products on Amazon in Europe, the platform requires you to submit a Declaration of Conformity. A Declaration of Conformity (or DoC) proves that the product complies with European product safety legislation.

Depending on the EU directives that apply to your product, there are different requirements on the content of the Declaration. Amazon is very strict and only approves products that include a compliant Declaration. They often decline products without giving a reason, so the seller has to work out what’s missing for themselves.

This article will explain what a Declaration of Conformity is, when you need one, and how you can draft and submit a compliant DoC.

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Intellectual Property For Amazon Sellers: Know Your Rights!

CJ Rosenbaum explains how to develop your intellectual property rights, protect them and remove hijackers when selling products on Amazon

Intellectual Property For Amazon Sellers: Know Your Rights!

This post is by CJ Rosenbaum, Partner and Managing Attorney at Rosenbaum Famularo, P.C.

At first glance, intellectual property law can seem a frightening subject for online sellers. But, in reality, it’s not as complex as you may think. In fact, there are just two main areas that sellers need to know about – developing and protecting their intellectual property rights.

The development of your intellectual property rights includes creating trademarks, understanding copyright, obtaining patents and designing enforceable trade dress. Once you’ve developed these, protecting your rights simply covers how to spot violations of your intellectual property and what to do about them.

In this article, we’ll cover all the basic information that Amazon sellers need to know about intellectual property law. We’ll look at the ways your listings and products are protected, how to enforce your rights and how to remove listing hijackers.

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Payability Takes Off With Instant Advance and Multiple Marketplace Support

From faster payouts for Amazon sellers, to upfront growth capital and support for 15+ marketplaces, Payability is moving really fast this year.

If you ask any online seller about their goals, you’ll hear two things almost every time: they want to grow their sales and they want to sell on more marketplaces. The first goal is essential, more sales means more profit, and a more successful business. The second goal, selling through multiple channels, makes the business a lot less risky.

These goals may sound simple, but they aren’t easy to achieve. To grow, ecommerce businesses need cash. You can only sell more if you have the funds to buy stock in larger quantities and quickly take advantage of new growth opportunities. Likewise, diversifying across multiple marketplaces takes a lot of effort to set up on each platform, to build sales and to manage everything day-to-day.

It’s been a year since we last talked about Payability, and its innovative service to help Amazon sellers get their payouts daily, now known as Instant Access. Things have moved really quickly since then.

Payability has a new service called Instant Advance, which provides ecommerce sellers with a big cash injection quickly to help grow sales. It has also expanded beyond Amazon, and now supports 15 marketplaces and shopping carts in total. Clearly this is a business moving as fast as the online sellers it supports.

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7 Steps to Pass Amazon’s New Invoice Verification Process

Amazon are applying a stringent new invoice verification process. Chris McCabe explains how it works so you can make sure you’ll pass.

This post is by Chris McCabe, a former Investigation Specialist for Amazon’s Seller Performance team and founder of ecommerceChris.com.

Amazon is asking sellers for invoices from their suppliers more often than ever.

These invoice requests can be triggered by a whole range of complaints around quality, authenticity and condition. Amazon will even ask for invoices before an item has made its first sale, if their algorithms decide that complaints are likely to come in the future.

Why is this happening? Amazon needs to protect the integrity of the marketplace, and prevent growing buyer fears of counterfeit products being sold on the site. They need to know it’s new, it’s safe, and you bought it from a legitimate supplier. It’s that simple.

When Amazon receive your invoices, they don’t just take a quick look then file them away. They really do verify them. They’ll make phone calls, send emails, check websites and more. Genuine invoices can be rejected if they don’t meet Amazon’s standards.

Here’s how to make sure that your invoices pass the verification process.

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How to Start a Subscription Box Business Using Amazon and Cratejoy

We spoke with Sophie Howard about the subscription business model. Here’s how to leverage Cratejoy’s platform and Amazon’s market reach.

As competition on online marketplaces has become fiercer, more and more sellers are looking for a way out of the ecommerce rat race. The big question is, “How?”

One way is to start a subscription box business. In this model, sellers put together a selection of products which customers pay to receive automatically, every month.

Subscription boxes exist for a wide variety of products, from beauty and pet supplies to comics, food and drink. Customers can choose to receive a set selection of items each time, or have a surprise box, where the items are chosen for them.

We spoke to ecommerce entrepreneur Sophie Howard about the subscription box business. Sophie builds and sells her own brands, and is the founder of Aspiring Entrepreneurs, where she coaches online business owners.

We talked about why subscription boxes are an attractive business model, how to leverage leading platforms Cratejoy and Amazon, and the unique challenges that subscription business owners have to overcome.

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