Pros and Cons of an Owned Ecommerce Website for Small Sellers

| Greg Chapman

Today’s small business owner can reach more customers in more ways. Between branded websites and marketplaces, the evolving nature of ecommerce means even the smallest businesses to effectively, efficiently reach a broader audience. But which makes the most sense from your business? Here are the pros and cons.

With so many cost-effective ecommerce options available to very small businesses (VSBs) with less than 50 employees, how do business owners know which channels make the most sense for their bottom line?

6 Tips for Thriving in a Saturated Amazon Marketplace

| Kunal Chopra

Amazon is the world’s most valuable brand, with an estimated 38% of U.S. ecommerce sales, forcing business owners to create a brand presence there. Unfortunately that popularity makes it harder to capture consumers’ attention. These 6 tips will help marketers grow your company’s ecommerce business on Amazon’s marketplace. 

USTR Weighs Adding Foreign Amazon Sites to Notorious Markets List

| Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is considering adding Amazon sites in the UK, Canada, Germany, India and France to the Notorious Markets list due to alleged growth in sale of counterfeit goods, based on a request from an apparel trade group, according to WSJ. Chinese marketplaces Taobao and Pinduoduo are on the 2019 list.

eBay CEO Devin Wenig Resigns, Citing Differences with Board

| Mike O'Brien

eBay announced the resignation of President and CEO Devin Wenig, who said in departing after eight years at the helm that he’s been out of sync with the company’s new board, of which he was a member. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Scott Schenkel, eBay’s senior vice president and CFO.

FTC Steps Up Investigation of Amazon Over Anti-Competitive Charges

| Mike O'Brien

Investigators from the FTC have begun interviewing merchants selling on Amazon’s third-party marketplace in an attempt to ascertain if the ecommerce giant is using anti-competitive practices, according to a report in Bloomberg. They’re asking merchants how much business they do on Amazon.com vs. other major marketplaces.

eBay Suite of Fulfillment Services Targets High-Volume Sellers

| Mike O'Brien

Taking a shot at Amazon’s leading position, eBay will launch a fulfillment program next year targeting high-volume sellers and tapping a network of partners to provide end-to-end services including shipping, tracking, warehousing and customer service. This is similar to a move made last month by ecommerce platform Shopify.

Prime Day Expected to Hit $5.8B in Sales; 250 Retailers Joining the Party

| Mike O'Brien

Prime Day, running for 48 hours on July 15-16, is expected to generate $5.8 billion in global sales, with an estimated 250 retailers drafting in its wake as more of them realize the huge potential. Also, Prime membership has grown to 105 million in the U.S., and electronics, home goods and apparel are the hot categories.

Marketplace Facilitator Tax Laws: What They Are and How to Prepare

| Scott Peterson

Marketplace facilitators like Amazon, Etsy, Rakuten, Walmart.com and eBay, are now required in 10 states to collect and remit sales tax resulting from third-party transactions, and several additional states will follow suit. Preparation is the name of the game to be compliant with ever-changing tax legislation.

Amazon Makes Changes to Seller Policies

| Daniela Forte

Amazon is implementing new seller policies this month aimed at making the shopping experience easier on the site, while also protecting consumers. Here are the categories that are most impacted by this change.