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ShipStation Launches New Service for Fulfillment by Amazon Merchants

January. 18, 2013 ShipStation, the leading web-based shipping solution company for online retailers, announced today its innovative platform is now integrated with Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). FBA allows retailers to fulfill orders placed via their own Webstore or other sales channels by storing their products in Amazon’s fulfillment centers and leveraging its complete packing, shipping, and customer service expertise. ShipStation currently serves as the back-end shipping solution for more than 5,000 online stores, many of which have reported massive reductions in their fulfillment times due to the company’s feature rich solution.

By using ShipStation, merchants can create shipping labels for UPS, FedEx, DHL Global Mail and the US Postal Service by seamlessly managing their orders from more than 30 sales channels including marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Sears, Buy.com, Newegg and Etsy, and ecommerce shopping carts platforms like Shopify, Volusion, Magento, and BigCommerce. “We consistently see companies spend upwards of 70 percent of their time and resources on order fulfillment,” says Jason Hodges, co-founder of ShipStation. “ShipStation has always helped to facilitate a seamless, more efficient ‘in-house’ fulfillment process. Now, by integrating with FBA, we offer a new way for merchants to outsource all or a portion of their fulfillment operations to Amazon.”

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Mobile Commerce—First Smartphones, Now Tablets

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WisePricerMobile, mobile, mobile. Although holiday shopping is at an all time high [insert ComScore 20% increase], more users are ditching smartphone for tablets. This trend is not unwarranted, as mobile apps and storefronts have become increasingly slow. On Cyber Monday, mobile sites took on average 18 seconds to load, according to the Mobile Commerce Index from Keynote.

18 seconds may not be a long time to wait in line, but it is an eternity for online shoppers that want the speed and convenience of shopping from their mobile devices. Just to give you an idea of how slow that is, on average, a desktop site takes 2.77 seconds to load. That is about 7 times slower than a computer, 2 times slower than a normal mobile device and light years away from mobile sellers original intention.

As a result, tablets are gaining more notoriety and use for holiday shopping this year. And it’s not just for browsing, some eCommerce experts are finding that tablets encourage online shoppers to buy, based on their conversion rates. According to an article by TabTimes, eCommerce expert Francois Gaumond contends that, “mobile is for shopping and tablets are for buying.”

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Tax Man says Amazon Owes US $234 Million

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January 18, 2013—Doesn’t matter how many new fulfillment centers Amazon opens up, they can’t avoid paying the tax man. 

In November of 2012, Amazon received a notice of unpaid international taxes in the amount of $234 million from 2005-2006. While unpaid taxes is nothing new to Amazon, the online marketplace believes the IRS is overestimating the balance and will contend it in court.

The Internal Tax Revenue says tax payments made from Amazon’s units in Europe to the parent US Company were too low and the agency is also contesting tax deductions Amazon claimed on its net operating losses. According to the court filing, Amazon is arguing the IRS is overestimating the value of Amazon’s “tangible property,” which includes computer software, trademarks and marketing assets. Amazon also faces $1.5 billion in additional federal taxes over a seven-year period beginning in 2005.

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Amazon Marketplace Outsourcing

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What makes us different from our competitors and why should you hire us?

We believe that to be successful on Amazon, you need to have the experience and the right type of person to handle your Amazon account. Not everyone is fit for e-commerce, as we all know it’s very tedious and hard work. Below are the reasons why clients love us and why we do what we do.

PASSION- Our passion is helping people and our companies mission is to help your Amazon business grow to new heights.

WE LOVE AMAZON
 – We specialize in Amazon and that’s what we love to do. Unlike other outsourcing companies, all of our staff are trained to deal with only Amazon and E-commerce tasks.

RESOURCES – By choosing us as your partner for your Amazon business, you’ll have a whole office of talented individuals at your disposal. Web developers, graphic designers, copy writers, bloggers, social media specialists, amazon data entry specialists and more!

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Electronics Accessories—Amazon Sellers Hurting over Price Hikes

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January 17, 2013—Amazon wants that money. Although Amazon.com made the announcement in August of last year, many Amazon sellers were caught off guard this week when seller fees for the new Electronics Accessories category actually went into effect. Fees for the new category include 15%, or $1.00, for anything sold under $100, and 8% for any portion of a product’s sales proceeds over $100.

Prior to January 15, 2013, sellers had listed their products in the Consumer Electronic category, which covered all electronics and accessories. However, Amazon announced in August they would be launching a new category (Electronics Accessories) for these products with higher fee rates for third-party sellers. Products in the new category include headphones; surge protectors; tripods; film; batteries; screen protectors for cell phones; MP3 docking stations; ink and toner; and gaming accessories.

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