Etail Solutions Blog

Inventory and FBA Replenishment: How to Quit Losing Sales to Stockouts

June 8, 2015

Let's face it, stockouts are every online seller's worst nightmare. They always result in lost sales, dissatisfied shoppers, and damage to your seller rating. What's worse, if someone wants to buy something that you don't have in stock, they'll probably go to one of your competitors.

Fortunately, there is a new tool you can use to prevent stockouts and overstocks. Inventory and FBA Replenishment lets you manage the delicate balance between supply and demand across complex multi-channel, multi-supplier environments. And today you can get the inside story on it from the expert who developed it. Below is the edited transcript of an interview with Clyde Seigle, Etail's CTO. In the interview Seigle explains what Inventory and FBA Replenishment is, how it works, and why it matters.

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Topics: Feature Highlights

New Inventory and FBA Replenishment Tool Gives Sellers Unprecedented Visibility and Control

May 25, 2015

Not carrying enough high-demand stock costs you sales. Carrying too much low-demand stock ties up capital. Etail Solutions' newly released inventory and FBA replenishment feature solves this problem once and for all by calculating what, when, and how much to order - so you always have what your customers want and not what they don't want!

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Topics: Product Updates

Restricted Items on Amazon and How to Effectively Manage Them

April 6, 2015

You've been on Amazon for years, doing everything right - you think! Then you receive the following email: 

"We have removed your selling privileges, cancelled your listings, and placed a temporary hold on any funds in your seller account. We took these actions because you have listed items that are not permitted on Amazon.com."

Banned?! What the ...! You sell beauty items - things to make people look good! 

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Over the past year, hundreds of online merchants got the boot for offering restricted items on Amazon, mostly health and beauty products which contain specific outlawed ingredients.

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Do This to Beat Your Competitors (HINT: It's Not Repricing)

March 30, 2015

No matter what you sell online - books, bicycles, or backpacks - if your price is lower than your competitors, sales will skyrocket! Surprisingly, some merchants actually hesitate to take the simple steps necessary to do this because they'd have to give up some short-term profits for long-term growth. Regardless of your philosophy, this post - which has nothing to do with repricing - will show you how to consistently beat your competitors, and end up driving your sales volume through the roof. In fact, one of our clients used our strategy and their sales doubled in less than 4 months! Keep reading to discover how you can do the same for your e-commerce business.

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Topics: Etail Vantage Point

Online Inventory Management - Part 2: Duplicate SKUs, Overselling, and the Importance of Integration

March 16, 2015

More hours in the day. It's the one thing every multi-channel merchant wants, and yet it's impossible to attain. But what if you could free up significant amounts of time to focus on the responsibilities that really matter? This post resumes our series about online inventory management and expands the concept of having a single master SKU for every item in its base unit of measure. This way you can eliminate the time-consuming task of creating and managing duplicate SKUS and replace it with a value-added one like adding new products, sales channels, and suppliers.  

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Topics: Etail Vantage Point

Online Inventory Management - Part 1: The Trick to Managing Multiple Listings Per Item

March 2, 2015

Multi-channel merchants already know the importance of maintaining accurate inventory levels at all times. And yet even the most attentive internet sellers often find it difficult to get this right. Some use online inventory management systems to try to keep up with their stock while others use Excel spreadsheets. Whatever your case may be, this post reveals our single most effective online inventory management technique so you'll hopefully never have to deal with surpluses or shortages again.

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Topics: Etail Vantage Point

The 3 Features Your Amazon Repricer Must Have for Profitable Growth

January 26, 2015

When it comes to Amazon repricers - all are definitely not the same! We're going to introduce you to the 3 features that are critical if you want your multi-channel e-commerce business to stay competitive.

An Amazon repricer enables multi-channel merchants to stay ahead of the competition and improve their chances of winning the Amazon Buy Box. This allows merchants to automate their pricing strategies when their product catalog has tens of thousands of SKUs and repricing manually isn't an option. However, with so many different Amazon repricers to choose from, they often struggle to understand what the most important features are and how critical they are to their business. We hope that by explaining the following 3 features, and how important they are, it will help to simplify the decision-making process when it comes to finding your Amazon repricer.

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Topics: Etail Vantage Point

The 5 Most Common Amazon Repricing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

January 19, 2015

Some of the biggest blunders made by internet retailers today are related to Amazon repricing. Whether it's adjusting prices manually, using a stand-alone repricer, or not considering all the complexities of a multi-channel fulfillment model - there are several mistakes even the most seasoned veterans make with Amazon repricing. To help you protect your margins and win the repricing war, we've compiled a list of the five most common Amazon repricing mistakes so you can avoid making them yourself.

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Topics: Etail Vantage Point

The Best Tool for Finding Products to Sell on Amazon

September 17, 2014

The Etail Vantage Platform (EVP) is a multi-channel management platform with 7 core components, created to solve the real-world problems of mid-to-high volume online merchants. These core components consist of a wide range of features and functionalities that greatly enhance online multi-channel businesses, however, merchants rarely know about them until they start using EVP. They include: an enterprise class repricing engine, supplier scouting, advanced inventory functionality, like kits (bundles) and assembly items - to name just a few. Starting today, we will be devoting a blog post to each one of these robust tools so you can see how they work.

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Topics: Feature Highlights