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The Growing Threat from Sellers based in China and How to Combat it

With the economic liberalization under Deng Xiaoping, China unleashed its manufacturing prowess over the world. For years the sourcing for goods sold in the US has been dominated by suppliers and manufacturers from China. The supply chain generally involves a distributor from China, US based wholesaler and finally a retailer in the US.

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Amazon to Cut Smaller Wholesale 1P Suppliers

Two months ago, Amazon.com Inc. halted orders from thousands of suppliers with no explanation. Panic ensued — until the orders quietly resumed weeks later, with Amazon suggesting the pause was part of a campaign to weed out counterfeit products. Suppliers breathed a sigh of relief.

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Shippers Beware: New USPS Dimensional Pricing Coming June 23

The second phase of the United States Postal Service changes kicks in on June 23, 2019. USPS is changing the way it charges for boxes shipped via Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express as well as new international weight limitations. Currently, USPS applies a dimensional divisor (DIM) of 194 for boxes that exceed one cubic foot in volume, and DIM only applies to zones 5 and above. Starting June 23, 2019, the DIM divisor will be reduced to 166 and will apply to ALL zones (local and 1-9) for Priority Mail, Priority Mail Express and Parcel Select.

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How Much is Free Shipping REALLY Costing You?

Gone are the days when you could actually make money on shipping. Merchants are all too willing to move to a free shipping model without being aware of the entire cost of shipping a package. If you’re offering free shipping, it’s probably costing you 30 percent MORE than you think. If you talk to many companies that offer free shipping and ask, “How can you afford this?” Their answer: “I work the cost of shipping into the product.”

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Amazon’s One-Day Shipping: The Real Story for Retailers

If Amazon owns nearly half of the $513 billion U.S. ecommerce market, why the need to offer one-day free delivery? The key to this decision is Amazon’s singular obsession with customer centricity and an appreciation for indirect results that don’t even register on the radar of some competitors.

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Google Moves into Amazon Marketplace’s Turf

Google is positioning itself as a direct Amazon Marketplace competitor with a revamped e-commerce offering. Shoppers will have a personalized homepage on the existing Google Shopping tab, where they can filter results based on features and brands, read reviews, and watch videos about products.

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5 Tips to Track Down Unauthorized 3P Sellers

In the era of online reviews and SEO, the impact of unauthorized ecommerce sellers ranges from lost revenue to damaged relationships with authorized sellers to questionable brand integrity. If you want to protect the integrity of your brand, unauthorized third-party sellers should be a big deal.

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