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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 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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New Report Recommends Higher Taxes for Online Retailers

Could higher taxes for online retailers be the solution to the woes of the British high street? Looking to the Future A new government report addresses the future of the British high street retail sector. It makes sweeping recommendations to support high street retailers against the perceived threat of online retail outlets. Among its recommendations:…

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What Are HS Codes (and Why Do They Matter)?

By April 2019, every package on all international shipping will be chasing electronic notifications with HS codes travelling ahead.

In one of our recent updates, we added HS code support. We’re well ahead of the April 2019 deadline when they will be required for international shipping. But isn’t it a little surprising for a system introduced in 1988 to make headlines three decades later? The Harmonized System The ‘HS’ in HS codes stands for…

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Parcelhub Expands Supply Chain Outsourcing Options

Integrated labels and a new fulfilment service suggest 2019 will be a big year for Parcelhub

It’s easy to see now that Parcelhub’s New Year Resolution was to make it easier for their customers to use them. Integrated Labels In early January they rolled out an integrated label system – now picking sheets, packing slips, and shipping labels are produced on a single sheet of paper. This kind of integrated, streamlined…

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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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eBay Watermarks Policy Change: Update

We reported back in September, eBay’s new ‘Picture Policy’ update, and their intention to begin enforcing the removal of listings that contained images with watermarks from the 1st March 2018. Since then, eBay have received a lot of negative criticism from individual sellers and focus groups, which they seemed to have listen to. And have…

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