The United States plans to withdraw from the 144 year old postal treaty, Universal Postal Union, which coordinates postal policies among member nations. The treaty allows companies in China to ship small packages to the U.S. at a highly discounted rate. This will undoubtedly increase tensions with China. Read more for a brief history of the treaty and what it means for U.S. sellers.
On October 1st, 2018 Walmart introduced an enhanced Marketplace Returns Program. At the moment, this affects only Walmart US Marketplace sellers (not Walmart Canada or Walmart DSV). Below we have summarized the changes to provide you with a quick overview.
Are you ready for the holidays? Our E-Commerce Calendar and Guide goes over planning your holiday strategy, what to expect from each holiday and from the marketplaces, and how to prepare.
Jet.com just got a new look and it looks great! Let’s see what changed.
The redesign revealed a new direction for Jet, targeting a specific audience, delivering great service to selected demographics, rather than trying to be another Walmart.
The recent influx of new e-commerce marketplaces popping up, trying to undermine Amazon’s dominance, is great for both sellers and buyers.
It isn’t easy to build a new e-commerce marketplace, and only large companies can afford to compete with Amazon. Walmart does an extraordinary job on that front, slowly gaining more and more market share. Recently, Google introduced Google Express, and now Facebook is working on its own e-commerce platform which they call the Merchant Commerce Feature.
Earlier this year Google introduced Shopping Actions— a shopping program which allows retailers to list their products on Google; not through a link to their website, but as Google listing that will be dropshipped by the retailer. This functions the same way as Amazon, Jet, Walmart, and eBay. It’s a new marketplace by Google that allows 3P sellers to list their products.
Many sellers sign up for Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and get their listings Prime-enabled, then stop there. However, Amazon Prime isn’t the only fast-shipping program that gives eCommerce sellers an advantage. Walmart 2-Day shipping, eBay Guaranteed Delivery (eGD), Wish Express, and Google Express are all vital to diversifying your online profits.
July 12, 2018, GeekSeller in partnership with Walmart hosted a free webinar about the Walmart Drop Ship Vendor Program and how GeekSeller can help you become successful. Below is a recording of the webinar.
E-commerce definitely has advantages over brick-and-mortar retail. Online retailers don’t need to worry about maintaining real estate or negotiating leases. Plus, they can reach a wider audience since shoppers have to travel no further than their smartphone or computer to make a purchase. But what traditional retailers have that e-commerce merchants don’t is freedom from…