Alexa, the Dash button, Fire tablets, Fire —they all accomplish the same goal, which is always keeping Amazon.com and its affiliated services just a tap or two away. It’s totally consumer focused, a must for Amazon, but with the larger motivation of keeping that consumer more likely to shop on Amazon than anywhere else.
Because Amazon is quick to the ban hammer and sellers are considered guilty until proven innocent, evil sellers are getting legit private label products suspended by accusing them of selling fake products.
The first thing you need to do after registering your seller account is set up your account information, including your seller profile, payment and business information, selling plan, shipping and returns information, and your vacation status.
With thousands of products available to sell online, narrowing down your choices to a single product can be overwhelming. In our first post in this series, we learned strategies for finding your first product and in our last post we discovered places entrepreneurs go to find ecommerce business ideas.
Tracey Wallace is the Editor-in-Chief at BigCommerce, where she covers all things ecommerce: marketing, design, development, strategy, plus emerging trends, including omnichannel and cloud replatforming. She is often featured in publications, such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Mashable, and ELLE, along with leading BigCommerce partners like HubSpot and Square. She launched her career in ecommerce with Y-Combinator backed Shoptiques.
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“I Googled your picture to make sure you were actually from Inc.,” he told me. Nothing personal, he said–but competitors always try to steal their secrets. One even sent a guy undercover to apply for a packing job, he added, staring at me for an extra beat. Then he cracked a smile.
A book is “Acceptable” if the pages and cover are intact. The pages can include notes and highlighting, as long as the text is not obscured. The spine can also show creasing, but it must remain sturdy and intact.
Let’s do a search for your first product. We’re going to analyze the top ten listings under that keyword. So in terms of competition, ideally what we’d like to see is that 8 out of the top 10 results have less than 100 reviews. It’s okay if there’s a couple of listings that have maybe 500 reviews, 1000 is probably a little bit too much.
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In November 2010, Quidsi sold to Amazon for $540 million. The Federal Trade Commission determined the deal was not anticompetitive. In 2011, Amazon stopped taking new members to Amazon Mom. In 2012, it aggressively reduced discounts on baby products.
Now here’s an example of what you’ll see when your Amazon account is correctly synced with Jump Send. You’ll see all your products listed up here and you can turn on and off the ones you want to be sending this particular campaign for.
But, controlling sourcing and branding, allows you to be the true master of the brands you sell. This makes private labeling (by far) the most lucrative and profitable of all the e-commerce business models.
The company’s brick-and-mortar transformation was astonishing. At the start of 1925, there were no Sears stores in the United States. By 1929, there were 300. While Montgomery Ward built 90 percent of its stores in rural areas or small cities, and Woolworth focused on rich urban areas, Sears bet on everything—rural and urban, rich and poor, farmers and manufacturers. Geographically, it disproportionately built where the Statistical Abstract showed growth: in southern, southwestern, and western cities.
Relying on economic theories that competition — or the threat of it — could be counted on to discipline dominant firms, Bork argued that rather than helping consumers, most antitrust enforcement was likely to do the opposite, stifling innovation and preventing companies from realizing efficiencies of scale and scope that could be passed on to consumers in the form of lower prices, more choice and greater convenience.
Increase your reach and drive sales by advertising your products on Amazon. Keyword-targeted ads appear in high-visibility placements, right where customers will see them, and you only pay when your ad is clicked.
Manufacturers and distributors who are new to Amazon or are existing Professional Sellers now have a targeted way to reach business customers on Amazon. With a full suite of tools to enable B2B ecommerce, small businesses to large enterprises will find new ways to engage professional customers in supply chain relationships.
Pricing is also one of the main reasons businesses choose to sign up for an account with Amazon Business. Many of the prices you’ll see on the product pages are exclusive to account holders. And some manufacturers even offer their products exclusively to business users on the platform. You can also get free two-day shipping on eligible items of $49 or more.
As Pharmapacks’ sales mushroomed, so did the complaints. Part of this was growing pains–it took a while to figure out how to fill so many orders fast without screwing up. But complainers are a naturally occurring species in e-commerce, and Pharmapacks now employs 16 customer-service reps, who field almost 200 concerns over the phone and by email every day. They write back to all customer inquiries within 24 hours–one of the key metrics Amazon tracks in its customer-service ratings. Two employees use a software program called Trustpilot to scroll through every 1-, 2-, and 3-star review the company receives and give each of them special attention. If a customer remains unsatisfied and won’t change the low mark, the reps appeal to Amazon’s Seller Support group–the judge, jury, and executioner in all customer-seller disputes–with detailed objections. Thanks to such micro-advocacy, Pharmapacks had more than 3,300 low ratings removed in 2015 alone. To put that into perspective, Pharmapacks products have been rated more than 280,000 times–and its Amazon rating is 4.9 stars.
No, restrictions are there even as a pro seller. Disney is a heavily restricted brand. Here is a current list: https://thesellingfamily.com/the-known-brands-that-are-not-allowed-to-be-sold-by-amazon-third-party-sellers/
Thank you for your insight. I found it to be concise and informative. Can you tell me if Amazon requires a minimum number of items for their FBA program? For example, could I sell just one new coffee mug and just one new wrench? I appreciate your time and look forward to your answer.
I didn’t need a quick fix; I needed something that could provide for my family year after year. Something that could be reliable, not just providing cash to pay the bills but money I could use to build a better life for me and my family.
Knowing how to do appropriate keyword research will go a long way in gaining visibility of your product on Amazon. These keywords will be used to create your title and product descriptions, as well as in the backend of your product listings.
For non-BMVD products, your account is configured for default shipping rates. You also can set your shipping rates for most product lines by choosing an item/weight-based model or a price-banded model. For more information, see Set your shipping rates.
Once your business has been established, your products are ready for sale, and all the bugs have been worked out of the site, you are ready for the official launch. After the launch, you will need to work hard on your ecommerce marketing and advertising strategies to grow your base of loyal customers.
Amazon comes to conquer brick-and-mortar retail, not to bury it. In the last two years, the company has opened 11 physical bookstores. This summer, it bought Whole Foods and its 400 grocery locations. And last week, the company announced a partnership with Kohl’s to allow returns at the physical retailer’s stores.
The profit margins are just too low to justify the work needed (e.g. finding a book supply, dealing with vendors, etc.). It’s also impossible to compete with big box stores like Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Just quickly, these are the most important things to have on your packaging. Your brand name, the product name, a photo of the product, where it was made, such as made in China, and then just make sure that there’s nothing else that you’re legally required to put on there based on the type of product that it is.
It is interesting that Amazon was having this debate in about the elements of RFM analysis (described in Chapter 6 of Internet Marketing), 1997, after already having achieved $16 million of revenue in the previous year. Of course, this is a miniscule amount compared with today’s billions of dollar turnover. The important point was that this was the start of a focus on metrics which can be seen through the description of Matt Pounds work later in this case study.
Budget. Estimate your earnings and expenses. Break down expenses into categories, such as advertising and marketing and operating expenses. E&O insurance, taxes, rent, tech support, Web and phone service, and janitorial services all go into this category.
I have the following question and I’d be very grateful if you can answer it. Let’s assume I’ve ordered products and they are ready for shipment (I produce it in China). When should I prepare my Amazon store (listing, inventory)? When goods are shipped or before that?
Do you know Amazon was called “Cadabra” in the beginning? But when the lawyer of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon misheard the name as “cadaver”, he changed the name to Amazon. Bezos instead named the site from the name of river reportedly for two reasons. One, to suggest scale (Amazon.com launched with the tagline “Earth’s biggest bookstore”) and two, back then website listings were often alphabetical. One more interesting thing about Amazon is, it’s logo began as an abstract river design. After making few changes in design, in 2000, the logo was re-designed as the Turner Duckworth design we see today. In current logo design, a smile begins under a and ends with z (in the name of Amazon) which means they offer anything from A to Z to their online customers. Here is one more interesting thing which you might not have heard and that is, founder of Amazon, Bezos is currently involved in a project to build a 10,000 Year Clock.
We have a traditional brick and mortar business. How can I see if any of our items in terms of Amazon’s rankings would be worthwhile sending to Amazon FBA? Would hate to ship items to them that are considered ‘low selling movers’ or price it so low later-on as to not make any profit. Is there a ranking list prior to buying then shipping to be more prepared?
For Amazon, which prides itself on its relentless consumer focus, the suggestion that its spectacular growth might not be in the public interest poses a particular challenge. Since it was published, Khan’s “note” has drawn more than 50,000 readers online — an extraordinary reach for a law review article. Her work has been cited by the Economist, the Financial Times, Forbes, Wired, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and she has appeared on major broadcast media. Last spring, she was invited to join some of the most prominent academics in antitrust law to speak at an economic conference at the University of Chicago.
Now in terms of the packaging, we recommend getting it customized. This sets your product further apart from the competition. The sooner you can get this done, the better, because it will take a couple of weeks for them to produce it. So ask your supplier for the different packaging options that come with your product, select the one that you like the most, and then ask them for a template.