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Get ahead of your Competition with Intelligent Re-Pricing Software

Tired of manually supervising your storefront? Appeagle.com has completely eliminated the need for manual pricing and given sellers a new outlook on pricing items correctly, and profitably. Founded in 2009, Appeagle has been providing the most profitable inventory and repricing tools compatible for online marketplaces like Amazon, FBA, eBay and Buy.com.

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Fulfillment By Amazon—Fees to Increase in 2013

December 5, 2012—The fees they are a-changin. On Tuesday, Amazon notified third-party sellers that Fulfillment By Amazon fees will increase in 2013, and introduced a brand new fee for returns in certain categories. The notice comes at a horrible time as FBA sellers prepare for the upcoming holidays and New Year.

Third-Party sellers were made aware of the new fee structure on Tuesday when Amazon updated the seller’s central with the announcement.  Amazon blames rising transportation cost for the increase and says the new fee structure won’t take place until February 18, 2013. Along with increases in FBA fees, Amazon introduced a new “Returns Processing Fee” for customer-returned products in categories that Amazon offers free return shipping. The new Returns Processing Fee will apply for products in the categories: Apparel; Watches; Jewelry; Shoes; and Luggage.

According to Amazon, offering free returns to customers in these categories helps build customer trust and encourages purchases. “To better reflect our costs, when customers receive free return shipping on products in these categories, the seller will be charged a fee for each unit returned. This fee will be equivalent to the fulfillment fees for an individually shipped unit.”

To better represent transportation costs, Amazon is launching six new product size tiers: Small Standard-Size, Large Standard-Size, Small Oversize, Medium Oversize, Large Oversize, and Special Oversize. On the positive side, Amazon is reducing some of their fees including products that fit into the new “Small Oversize” and “Medium Oversize” categories, as well as reducing the fees associated with Pick & Pack. Amazon also mentioned they are not changing fees for Multi-Channel Fulfillment fees, Zero-Fee Fulfillment, Inventory Storage Fees, or any optional service fees.

In the announcement on Tuesday, Amazon mentioned a slew of improvements they’ve made over the year, along with new services like Amazon Lockers and Same-Day Delivery:

“In the past year, we have made it easier for customers to order and receive your products, including innovations such as Amazon Lockers and same-day shipping in select cities; and we have continued to grow the benefits and membership of Amazon Prime, which this year has surpassed FREE Super Saver Shipping in items shipped. We have also enhanced the FBA and Seller Central experience, through better access to your important business data on the Sales Dashboard and Payments reports; value-added services such as the FBA Label Service; and new ways to reach global customers with FBA Global Export.”

In the next few days, Amazon is expected to update the FBA Revenue Calculator so sellers can view and compare estimated fulfillment costs under the current fee structure and the new fee structure.

What do you thinking of the new Fulfillment By Amazon fees?

Amazon to Open New FBA Facility for Large Items

December 17, 2012—Large and in charge, Amazon looks to make room for large FBA items. The marketplace giant is looking to invest over $100 million to open a new 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in DuPont, Washington that will house larger than normal items. Amazon announced the news via press release and said the new fulfillment center will create hundreds of full-time jobs with benefits. Amazon plans to take occupancy in the fall of 2013.

The purpose of the new Amazon Fulfillment center will be to house FBA items that are large in size and volume. At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship large items to customers-“anything from canoes to televisions,” Amazon said in their press release. Amazon also mentioned the site is close to one of the largest military installations on the west coast of the U.S. (Joint Base Lewis-McChord) and have committed to hiring at least 1,200 veterans in the coming year.

Other Fulfillment By Amazon locations include Arizona, California, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Amazon also has three international facilities in Europe, China and Japan.

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Pioneering Profitable Software  Services for Amazon Sellers

For over 10 years SellerEngine has been making it ridiculously easy for sellers to profit through Amazon.com. They first introduced automated pricing and inventory management tools in the early 2000’s and have since revolutionized how people sell on Amazon. Besides offering innovative software services, SellerEngine.com thrives on educating and supporting thousands of sellers who want to run a successful business through Amazon. Supported in 8 global Amazon Marketplaces, SellerEngine.com is your answer for reliable, customizable, and powerful software.

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Amazon to Build Fulfillment Center in New Jersey

January 9, 2013—Amazon is coming to the Garden state. On Tuesday, Amazon announced it would open a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Robbinville, New Jersey with occupancy expected to take place in early 2014. Amazon is partnering with KTR Capital Partners, a private equity firm,  to build the project in Robbinville. The state-of-the-art fulfillment center, which will cost around $200 million, should help to spur growth and investment for the state and its local economies.

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Amazon Prime is Leading the Way for Online Shipping

Move over Super Saver, Amazon Prime is the new preferred shipping method. Amazon.com recently announced they ship more items using Amazon Prime than its alternative shipping method Super Saver. Since launching in 2005, Amazon Prime has embedded its self into the hearts of online shoppers giving them unlimited two-day shipping on all eligible items for a membership fee of $79 annually. The Super Saver Shipping program, which started in 2002, still offers free shipping on all orders over $25.

Although Amazon did not disclose how many orders are sent via Prime, they did however, announce that third-party sellers accounted for 40% of unit items sold. This marks the highest percentage ever recorded for third-party sellers, proving Fulfillment By Amazon is helping drive these numbers and offering a wider selection of inventory than Amazon could on their own.

So far this year, the top three items purchased through Amazon Prime are the Kindle Fire tablet, the Kindle e-reader and the Kindle Touch. The number of eligible items for Amazon Prime has blossomed from 1 million items in 2005 to over 15 million today.

“Since Amazon launched in 1995, we’ve been focused on growing selection for our customers. Following the introduction of Amazon Prime in 2005, we’ve worked hard to grow Prime selection as well. We’re incredibly proud to be able to offer more than 15 million Prime items today. We’ve also grown the Prime Instant Video library to more than 22,000 movies and TV episodes, all with unlimited streaming, and Prime members can borrow more than 180,000 books for free, with no due dates, using the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – that’s up from roughly 5,000 when the program launched less than a year ago. Even seven years later, the price of Prime remains unchanged at $79 a year. Amazon Prime is the best bargain in the history of shopping, and it’s going to keep getting better.” 

-Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Fulfillment By Amazon- The Advantages and Disadvantages

The introduction of Fulfillment By Amazon has made selling items online easier (and more profitable) than anyone thought possible. FBA is a system implemented with Amazon.com which allows merchants to store products in shipping centers until orders are placed. When orders are received, Amazon will professionally package and ship the product directly to your customer. This innovative system is designed to assist merchants in selling more products while eliminating tedious dirty work like customer service and shipping. Sound too good to be true? Read our compiled list of  the advantages and disadvantages of using Fulfillment by Amazon and make your own decision.

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