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#29 - Netherlands Marketplace. Sales Tax Changes. Shopify vs Amazon.

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From this issue, you will learn about brand new Amazon Netherlands marketplace opening, tax changes for sellers and dive in a story of real competition - Shopify vs Amazon. Also, is dropshipping still a thing in 2020? What Chinese brands dominating apparel sales on Amazon, and what it means for the US market.

Hot News

Who’s at fault when something you buy on Amazon goes bad? Colin Lecher investigates aftermath of surreal damage from Amazon products use.

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Canada-based Shopify is emerging as a real competitor to Amazon by taking a different approach to e-commerce. In this Shopify vs Amazon comparison, let’s check out how big a threat the Canadian company is to Amazon.

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“We are really excited to be launching a more comprehensive shopping experience on Amazon.nl." – Alex Ootes, Vice President EU Expansion, Amazon

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Good to Know

In September last year, Amazon expanded product reviews by allowing shoppers to leave a star rating without a written review, a previously required field.

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"My goal is to debunk some of the common misconceptions about present-day Amazon and provide brands considerations for when they're ready to revisit their strategies." Drew Kraemer - Co-Founder & CEO at Marketplace Strategy

forbes.com

With dozens of states imposing new collection requirements on out-of-state sellers and marketplace facilitators, 2019 was a tumultuous year for sales tax. In its own way, 2020 promises to be no less turbulent.

mytotalretail.com

New IDC research finds small and medium-sized businesses selling in Amazon’s stores are over two times more likely to see rapid sales and hiring growth compared to those who don’t.

aboutamazon.com

If you ask an experienced e-commerce seller for a good way to get started selling products online without breaking the bank or spending a ton of time, chances are they’re going to tell you that dropshipping is the way to go.

junglescout.com

Small and medium enterprises account for 90% of businesses and more than 50% of the world’s workforce, so any trend that may hurt them is worrying.

dailycampus.com

Fake goods are entering the country, and the government is planning harsher methods to deal with the problem.

ecommercebytes.com

The winning advertisers understand how third-party sellers, algorithm-driven metrics and Prime work in the Amazon ecosystem.

searchengineland.com

Amazon sold $141.2 billion worth of products, 50.4% of the $280.5 billion total revenue. For the first time, Amazon generated as much revenue from AWS cloud hosting, Prime memberships, the third-party marketplace, and advertising, as it did from selling products online.

marketplacepulse.com

If 2019 was the year of the B2B buyer, 2020 needs to be the year of enlightenment for B2B ecommerce firms.

digitalcommerce360.com

According the the report, the number of Chinese sellers making over $1 million in revenue by selling through Amazon rose from 23% to 45% in the last three years.

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Introduced in the fall of 2017, IPI scores are based on how well sellers drive sales by stocking popular products and the efficiency with which they manage on-hand inventory.

ecommercebytes.com

The number of top Amazon.com sellers based in China has surpassed US sellers. However, the growing share of China-based sellers is not limited to the top sellers.

marketplacepulse.com

Amazon Prime ended 2019 with 112 million U.S. users, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).

fortune.com

The CEO of PopSockets David Barnett testified that he felt Amazon engaged in "bullying with a smile" to pressure him to lower his prices on its marketplace.

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Tips and Tricks

Do you wish you could get 1000s of legitimate Amazon reviews? How about if you could easily get a steady stream of positive reviews whenever you launch a new product?

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Optimize your Amazon listings, discover which factors get you to the top of the search results, and which factors make you drop like a stone.

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Currently, there are two types of Amazon FBA seller plans: individual and professional. This article defines and compares Amazon individual vs. professional seller plans, as well as the fees and other features of each.

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Dierk Demer of Prestozon shares advanced keyword strategies for Amazon PPC.

ecomengine.com

With 26 states enacting marketplace facilitator laws in the past six months, a total of 38 states and Washington, D.C. now have laws regarding sales tax collection for transactions on online marketplaces.

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The ultimate guide to Amazon account suspensions to help you navigate those treacherous waters.

junglescout.com

Sellers can do everything right, by having the lowest price, free or Prime shipping, and still not win the buy box for a product due to a low seller feedback rating.

jumpfly.com

Optimizing storage and shipping can save you a great deal of time, effort and money, especially if your business has a significant volume of sales.

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Understanding holistically how organic and paid search are intertwined and staying up to date on what is working today for Amazon advertising can keep you one bid ahead of your competition.

searchenginejournal.com


Podcasts

Expert advice on navigating Amazon’s Marketplace from Kiri Masters, the founder of Bobsled Marketing.

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