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Retail Year in Review: Many Positives in Transition Period

| Mike O'Brien

From ongoing supply chain and port woes tying up production, distribution and fulfillment worldwide to an encouraging bounce on holiday sales, 2021 was an up-and-down affair in retail and ecommerce, but deep-pocket investors saw all kinds of potential as billions poured in and unicorns proliferated.

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Pattern Raises $225M, Sees Acceleration as Path to Success

| Mike O'Brien

Pattern, which helps brands expand and grow revenue on marketplaces and other channels, has raised $225 million, bringing its total valuation to over $2 billion as it sees its role as a market accelerator as a more logical path to success than the growing ranks of Amazon brand aggregators.

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Amazon to Help Process Complaints on Defective 3P Products

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is providing a new avenue for consumers who receive defective products sold by third parties that cause personal or property damage: Amazon itself will help facilitate the claim process, but the seller remains liable for any damages. Starting Sept. 1, Amazon’s policy calls for consumers to contact Amazon directly to file the claim.

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Amazon Associates: Are The 2021 Commissions Worth It?

| Alexy Sysov

The Amazon Associates program has created passive income streams for bloggers, YouTubers, influencers and other social media marketers. But it took a big hit when Amazon changed the payout rates last year. Is it still worth it? First, you need to learn how the program works, to understand what the changing rates are all about.

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Unybrands Raises $300M to Scale Amazon Brands Pursuit

| Mike O'Brien

Unybrands, a Miami-based aggregator of successful brands both on and off Amazon, has raised another $300 million to pursue its manifest destiny of acquiring 20 companies in 2021, building out its platform and doubling headcount to 50. Unybrands CEO Ulrich Kratz said the company is tracking ahead of its acquisition goal.

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Prime Day Hits Record of $11B Over Two Days

| Mike O'Brien

Prime Day 2021 is in the books with a record $11 billion in sales, according to Adobe’s Digital Economy Index, up 6.1% from $10.4 billion in 2020, when the event was held in October, but was not a winner for retailers not named Amazon, based on data from SalesForce. Wall Street wasn’t impressed with flat growth over the 2020 event.

Prime Day No. 1 Hits $5.6 Billion

| Mike O'Brien

Prime Day one on Monday saw total online sales in the U.S. surpass $5.6 billion, up 8.7% from 2020, surpassing Thanksgiving Day last year which rung in at $5.1 billion, according to data from the Adobe Digital Economy Index. Toys saw the deepest discounts, while appliances and electronics proved most popular, Adobe reported.

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Relaxing of Amazon FBA Storage Rules, Explained

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has revoked the 200-unit limit for new FBA sellers and changed how it assesses sellers’ storage limits. New sellers can start with 500-1,000 units depending on their storage type. It also now subject all sellers to new restock limits. Eytan Wiener, CEO of Getida and a former Amazon power seller, helps us break down the changes.

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Perch Raises $775M Toward Acquiring More Amazon Brands

| Mike O'Brien

Perch, part of a growing wave one of Amazon brand rollups in the hottest space in retail, just raised $775 million, bringing its war chest to over $900 million as it looks to add to a portfolio of 70 brands acquired in just 18 months and considers product launches. The company opened its own FC and is eyeing Asia and South America.

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Amazon Consumer Head Asked for Special Union Vote Mailbox

| Mike O'Brien

Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon’s consumer business, was behind efforts to ask the U.S. Postal Service to install a special temporary ballot mailbox outside the company’s Bessemer, AL fulfillment center where a union vote was taking place, numerous outlets reported. The NLRB is hearing testimony as part of a union challenge to the vote.