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Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 13-19 April 2019

Could Google's new Cloud for Retail compete with Amazon Web Services?

Today in the round-up: Probe into Online Reviews Google Launches ‘Cloud for Retail’ Amazon Out of China Amazon Cuts Promotion for Own Brands Changes in ‘Refund Culture’; PayPal Change Terms In-App Shopping Comes to Instagram Probe into Online Reviews Continues Which? magazine is continuing its investigation into fake reviews on Amazon. We looked in detail…

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Fake Amazon Reviews Continue: A Closer Look

These headphones had a great rating, but I can't hear anything; the problem with fake Amazon reviews.

Fake Amazon reviews. Just how big a problem are they for Amazon sellers? Earlier this month we looked at Amazon’s practice of review bundling and how it’s unfortunately allowed low-value products to benefit from reviews of high-quality equivalents. A lot of the information we used came from Which? magazine’s investigation. Which? has released a new…

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Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 6-12 April 2019

Could Microsoft be fielding a 'Shopify Rival' soon?

Welcome to the first in a new series of weekly news blogs looking at recent developments in the eCommerce world. Today: Microsoft & Squarespace move into the eCommerce CMS Market “Shipping with Amazon” begins trials in the USA Amazon Sellers gain more control over how they add and market products Amazon Seller Central reduces referral…

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Amazon Sellers to Take Advantage of New Referral Fees

Many of these packages may cost Amazon Sellers less to sell under new reduced referral fees.

Following a successful trial in American markets this February, Amazon is reducing referral fees for multiple product categories in the UK and the EU. Amazon’s share of retail is huge – over £4 in every £100 spent in the UK is spent on Amazon. Only four companies beat that; Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Asda and Morrisons. Outside…

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Amazon Review Bundling Leads to Outcry

Are Amazon reviews as trustworthy as they should be? As fake reviews are being produced at scale, it seems like there are issues to watch for.

The Amazon Which? Hunt UK consumer rights magazine Which? has turned its attention to customer reviews on Amazon and how they affect sales. We recently looked at how the retail giant is taking on counterfeit products, but reporting from multiple sources indicates that review manipulation may be just as big a problem – and some…

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The Full Story: Amazon’s “Vendor Purge”

Two weeks ago, Amazon stopped buying from its Vendors. The change was abrupt and had no warning – one day, the weekly purchase order just wasn’t there for tens of thousands of Vendors. A week later, many of these Vendors were reinstated. However, not only did some not return, but Amazon has pushed those who…

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AmazonWatch: CRaP Product Policy Changes

CRaP products cut down on profits even for Amazon. Don't fall down the same trap.

Over the past week, Amazon has been addressing everything from Amazon Vendors to Fulfilment by Amazon. There seems to be a common thread, though – CRaP products. CRaP is internal Amazon jargon. It stands for Can’t Realise a Profit. CRaP products are items they recognise the demand for, but which they can’t produce a good…

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AmazonWatch: Slow Growth Forecasted

Amazon's growth in early 2019 isn't meeting analyst forecasts. What does this mean for you?

Months after Amazon’s market value broke the trillion-dollar barrier, immediately after a record performance for the holiday period, the firm has forecast reduced growth this quarter. Investor concerns have led to Amazon’s share price dropping by almost 5% during after-hours trading on the 31st. The price dropped from 1750 to a low of 1623.90 over…

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International Selling on Amazon & eBay

Selling internationally on Amazon and eBay does present difficulties for most UK sellers, but it would be short-sighted not to reap the rewards and benefits of trading across boarders just because it was a challenge. Expanding your market internationally can deliver sizeable growth opportunities, especially if you are an early adopter within your category. Amazon,…

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Sell on Amazon – Assumptions and Optimisations

There are many resources, guides, eBooks and whitepapers freely available to educate Amazon sellers on the best way to optimise their product listings. Most offer great value and advice, but there is also a lot of hearsay and un-tested theories that are taken as fact. Some of the more common assumptions are down to advice…

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