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Amazon fast tracks benefits for private label brands in registration process

Amazon fast tracks benefits for private label brands in registration process

Amazon IP Accelerator helps businesses more quickly obtain intellectual property (IP) rights and brand protection in Amazon’s stores.

IP Accelerator connects businesses with a curated network of trusted IP law firms that provide high quality trademark registration services to help brands secure a trademark, at competitive rates.

October 10, 2019

 

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Amazon figured out a way for online shoppers to pay in cash

Amazon figured out a way for online shoppers to pay in cash

Tech giant Amazon will let customers buy something online, then visit a Western Union in person to pay in cash. It also unveiled “Amazon Cash,” which lets users load cash into their Amazon balance for making online purchases.

The cash option is a benefit to those without a bank account who might not have access to a debit or credit card.

September 19, 2019

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Tariffs Are Starting To Hurt Sellers On Amazon

Tariffs Are Starting To Hurt Sellers On Amazon

Amazon third-party vendors have blamed U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods for increasing their costs. They have slashed their margins and pushed up prices on consumers, according to a new survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, as reported by the South China Morning Post.

According to Jungle Scout, which surveyed vendors, 72% of Amazon sellers have had unit cost increases by about 17% since the beginning of the trade war last year. Jungle Scout helped third party vendors to set up their business.

September 12, 2019

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Here’s How Amazon Gets You to Buy Its Own Products. And Why That’s Bad News for Third-Party Sellers

Here’s How Amazon Gets You to Buy Its Own Products. And Why That’s Bad News for Third-Party Sellers

A ‘Washington Post’ report shows that the company is aggressively pushing its own brands, even when customers are about to purchase from third-party sellers.

Amazon has a reputation problem. Or maybe it’s more of a love/hate relationship problem. To some, Amazon is the big bad ecommerce giant destroying smaller retailers, using unfair competitive tactics, and constantly sucking more fees out of the businesses that sell on its platform. Yet, it’s still the place Americans go for almost half of all online purchases, and half of American households pay for a Prime membership.

August 30, 2019

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What Does Amazon’s ‘Top Brand’ Badge Actually Mean?

What Does Amazon’s ‘Top Brand’ Badge Actually Mean?

Amazon is experimenting with yet another mysterious badge to help shoppers sort through the millions of choices its marketplace offers.

Amazon’s biggest asset can also be a headache for its customers. The so-called “everything store” really does sell almost any item consumers might want, but it’s often cumbersome and time-consuming to sort through them all. To avoid “choice overload,” the retail giant has come up with certain signals designed to help people distinguish high-quality products from the rest. They include star ratings and product reviews, as well as “Amazon’s Choice,” a mysterious badge bestowed on some individual items, which has recently become the subject of scrutiny from lawmakers.

August 16, 2019

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Amazon price alerts are leading sellers to raise prices on Walmart or risk losing perks

Amazon price alerts are leading sellers to raise prices on Walmart or risk losing perks

Amazon is indirectly causing third-party sellers to raise prices on their products if those products are listed on competing storefronts at lower prices, according to a report from BloombergThis is potentially anti-competitive, and it may become a central piece of evidence in the federal government’s ongoing antitrust investigations into US tech companies.

Amazon is not going so far as to openly demand its third-party sellers raise prices, according to Bloomberg. In some cases, Amazon may want the seller to lower the prices of its items on Amazon.com to match the prices on Walmart and elsewhere. Walmart also encourages its sellers to match prices across platforms. But Walmart isn’t as influential as Amazon’s Marketplace, which is the dominant online platform in the US for third-party sellers.

August 5, 2019

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How retailers can survive the Amazon era

How retailers can survive the Amazon era

To survive in the post-Amazon era, the way companies have been storing and delivering physical goods to their final destination will need to change profoundly in the next decade.  Below are some of the key challenges facing the logistics landscape and three predictions for what we can expect to see next.

This year, more than half of US households will be Prime members. As Amazon continuously pushes delivery costs and times down, consumer expectations keep rising higher. But what does this mean for other retailers?

July 20, 2019

 

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Amazon’s Updated Seller Suspension Policy Does not Go Far Enough

Amazon’s Updated Seller Suspension Policy Does not Go Far Enough

Amazon updated its terms of service for third-party sellers, committing to give a 30-day notice and provide reasons for account suspensions.Sellers and marketplace experts say the new language still doesn’t go far enough to protect merchants from potentially unfair suspensions.

The change follows a settlement Amazon reached with German antitrust authorities over its marketplace policies, and comes amid growing antitrust scrutiny of its business practices.

July 20, 2019

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Federal appeals court says Amazon is liable for third-party sellers’ products

Federal appeals court says Amazon is liable for third-party sellers’ products

A federal appeals court ruled that Amazon can be held liable for defective goods sold on its site by third-party vendors, who now account for more than half of the company’s e-commerce revenue.

The decision from a court in Philadelphia, reverses the lower court ruling and could be significant for Amazon, which has faced criticism for enabling counterfeits and dangerous items to sell through its platform.

July 3, 2019.

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Amazon Is Poised to Discontinue Vendor Relationship with Small Suppliers

Amazon Is Poised to Discontinue Vendor Relationship with Small Suppliers

Two months ago, Amazon.com Inc. halted orders from thousands of suppliers with no explanation. Panic ensued — until the orders quietly resumed weeks later, with Amazon suggesting the pause was part of a campaign to weed out counterfeit products. Suppliers breathed a sigh of relief.

Now a larger, more permanent purge is coming that will upend the relationship between the world’s largest online retailer and many of its long-time vendors.

May 28, 2019

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