Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 20-26 April 2019

BuzzFeed News Publishes Major Amazon Scammer Investigation After the revelations from Which? magazine and the BBC, the latest investigative reporters to unveil more about the seamier side of Amazon scammers are at BuzzFeed News. What’s in this report that wasn’t in the others? More of the scammers’ point of view. BuzzFeed has researched the shadow…

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Why Your Business Might Want to Keep an Eye on Blockchain

Is blockchain best for business?

For many people, ‘blockchain’ is just another cryptocurrency word like ‘Bitcoin’, ‘hodlgang’, and the rest. But blockchain is potentially a lot more than the technology behind Bitcoin. So, what could it mean for your business? What is Blockchain? The basics of blockchain technology: it’s a piece of software which encrypts the history of that software’s…

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Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 13-19 April 2019

Amazon's Own Brands are receiving less of a marketing push. But why?

Today in the round-up: Amazon Cuts Promotion for Own Brands Changes in ‘Refund Culture’; PayPal Change Terms In-App Shopping Comes to Instagram Probe into Online Reviews Google Launches ‘Cloud for Retail’ Amazon Out of China Own Brand Promotion Reduced on Amazon Amazon Basics. Amazon Essentials. Amazon Fresh. Wickedly Prime. Amazon Elements. Believe it or not,…

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Fake Amazon Reviews Continue: A Closer Look

These headphones had a great rating, but I can't hear anything; the problem with fake Amazon reviews.

Fake Amazon reviews. Just how big a problem are they for Amazon sellers? Earlier this month we looked at Amazon’s practice of review bundling and how it’s unfortunately allowed low-value products to benefit from reviews of high-quality equivalents. A lot of the information we used came from Which? magazine’s investigation. Which? has released a new…

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Weekly eCommerce News Round-Up: 6-12 April 2019

Amazon Seller Central Additions, Google Offer Drop Alerts, and more

Welcome to the first in a new series of weekly news blogs looking at recent developments in the eCommerce world. Today: Amazon Sellers gain more control over how they add and market products Amazon Seller Central reduces referral rates across many categories Offer Drop Alerts now fully live for Google Shopping users Microsoft & Squarespace…

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Amazon Sellers to Take Advantage of New Referral Fees

Many of these packages may cost Amazon Sellers less to sell under new reduced referral fees.

Following a successful trial in American markets this February, Amazon is reducing referral fees for multiple product categories in the UK and the EU. Amazon’s share of retail is huge – over £4 in every £100 spent in the UK is spent on Amazon. Only four companies beat that; Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Asda and Morrisons. Outside…

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Amazon Review Bundling Leads to Outcry

Are Amazon reviews as trustworthy as they should be? As fake reviews are being produced at scale, it seems like there are issues to watch for.

The Amazon Which? Hunt UK consumer rights magazine Which? has turned its attention to customer reviews on Amazon and how they affect sales. We recently looked at how the retail giant is taking on counterfeit products, but reporting from multiple sources indicates that review manipulation may be just as big a problem – and some…

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