Etail Solutions Blog

21 Holiday Selling Tips From Ecommerce Influencers and Thought Leaders

August 17, 2015

Even though the calendar (and thermometer) says it’s still summer…

...now is the perfect time of year to prepare for the holiday selling season!

So we asked 21 industry thought leaders for their best tips on how to do this. Their valuable advice will help you maximize Q4 sales on Amazon.

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16 Ecommerce Blogs You Should Read If You Haven't Already

June 22, 2015

Ever wish you could press the pause button on the ecommerce industry? It's not easy staying current on the latest news, trends, and insights. Plus, not all information sources are created equal. So we hand-selected 16 of the best ecommerce blogs and featured them in this post. You should check them out because they will help you become a better online seller.

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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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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.

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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 hesitate to buy into this approach because it would mean giving up short-term profits. Regardless of your philosophy, this post - which has nothing to do with repricing - will show you how to consistently outprice your competitors and drive sales volume through the roof. In fact, one of our clients used this simple strategy to double sales in less than 4 months. Keep reading to find out how you can do the same.

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

March 2, 2015

To find out which, how many, and where items in different units of measure are selling, most sellers have to manually merge data from duplicate SKUs. This blog post explains how to remove this bottleneck so it no longer interferes with your ability to grow your business. While other sellers are feeling the stress of using outdated and ineffective methods to manage inventory, you'll feel in complete control knowing your inventory levels are perfectly in sync as you buy and sell.

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The 5 Features Your Amazon Repricer Must Have for Profitable Growth

January 26, 2015

1. Seamless Integration

Your repricer should integrate with both the sales and supply side of your business. Real-time visibility into your variable and fixed costs is necessary to achieving and protecting your desired markup percentage. If your floor and ceiling values aren’t dynamically driven by real-time cost changes (product, fulfillment, sales, overhead, etc.) you’re putting your profit margins at risk.

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

January 19, 2015

1. Not Repricing When Costs Change

Whenever any of your costs change - product, fulfillment, sales, or overhead - a repricing event must happen immediately so your margins and Buy Box ownership are protected. If you use FBA or ship from stock and buy a new batch of inventory at a different price from those of prior purchases, repricing must occur because average per unit cost has changed. If you drop ship or cross-dock and your supplier publishes new prices via their data feed, repricing must also take place because product cost has changed.

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