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Amazon Third Party Seller War Tactics

The third-party (3P) marketplace on Amazon has been a competitive place for sellers since it opened. New strategies have emerged that make the competition on Amazon even more ruthless. These strategies combined with Amazon’s strict policy enforcement and difficult-to-navigate customer support create a high stakes atmosphere that can cost businesses their livelihood.   Amazon has …

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Amazon HQ2 Announced

After a 14-month search, and more than 230 cities vying for Amazon offices, offering everything from tax incentives to naming rights, the company has zeroed in in two locations for new offices: Long Island City, Queens NY and Crystal City, Virginia. Splitting the company’s original 50,000 employee strong headquarters into two satellite offices, each with …

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Amazon HQ2 Criticism

While some political and business leaders celebrated the news of Amazon’s new office locations in Virginia and New York, backlash mounted among community groups and locals fearing a misappropriation of resources and accelerated gentrification. In a joint statement released just before Amazon’s official announcement, NY City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer and Virginia State Senator …

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Amazon Warehouse workers strike in Europe on Black Friday

On Black Friday more than 2,400 Amazon Fulfillment center employees across Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K went on strike. According to British trade union GMB, hundreds of employees in the UK across 5 different FC locations are holding protests. GMB Secretary general Time Roache was quoted as saying “The conditions our members at Amazon …

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Drop-Ship Lead Time is Now Managed at an ASIN Level

Amazon is moving from managing lead time at a warehouse-level to managing it at an ASIN-level Faster lead times typically result in higher conversion rates It is now important to be monitoring lead time at an ASIN-level Until October 23, 2018 drop-ship lead times were assigned based on the aggregate warehouse level performance and shipping …

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Wal-Mart and Target Aim to Compete with Amazon During This Holiday Season

Wal-Mart announced plans for a 32,000 sq ft cashier-less “Sam’s Club Now” store Target and Wal-Mart will offer free shipping November 1 – December 22 Wal-Mart will accept returns from third party merchants at physical locations Amazon’s competition is innovating and making news too. For example, Wal-Mart announced that they will be opening their first …

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Amazon Advertising

Amazon Media Group (AMG), Amazon Marketing Services (AMS), and Amazon Advertising Platform (AAP) have merged to become one single brand called Amazon Advertising. Legacy brand names (AMG, AMS, AAP) will be phased out over the next several months. Although the features will remain the same, there will be slight changes, such as Headline Search Ads …

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Amazon Banking

Amazon is thriving in the financial sector with their Prime Visa, corporate credit lines, reloadable cash cards, gift cards and revolving credit lines. Now, Amazon is talking with JP Morgan about creating an Amazon checking account too. With Amazon’s focus on customer experience, they have created a massive loyal customer base and are increasingly looking …

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Amazon Plans to Release 8 New Alexa-Powered Devices

By the end of the year Amazon will release 8 new Alexa powered devices including a microwave, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer, and an in-car gadget. With Alexa-powered devices, Amazon is entering more and more customers lives and maintaining a persistent presence to the detriment of its competitors. Through the mobile app, Prime video, and smart home …

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The ASIN Lifecyle

Have you loaded new product data and never received an ASIN from Amazon? Have you been waiting for weeks for Amazon to order your products? The ASIN Lifecycle infographic outlines the life of an ASIN in Amazon’s catalog from initial submission to the end of a product’s life. And yes, surprisingly, there is an afterlife …

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