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Stocking Up for Q4: FBA Holiday Storage

Have you considered storing your inventory with a third-party warehouse? Fourth quarter is the busiest time of the year for Amazon sellers. Last year, overall Amazon sales increased by 22% during the fourth quarter. There are several important events during the fourth quarter that increase sales: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and the New Year. Expect the higher demand of goods to lead to an increase in shipments to the U.S.  In turn, this can lead to higher shipping [...]

Amazon Seller Account Suspension

How to Avoid the Avoidable Last week, Justin Ligeri, the “Amazing Amazon Seller,” got his multi-million Amazon seller account suspended. The reason behind the suspension of his seller account can only be speculated, but the fact that Amazon bestows the power to suspend a seller making millions bi-weekly in a blink of an eye illustrates the uncertainty Amazon sellers experience. (more…)

Preparing for Q4: Important Holiday Dates for Amazon FBA Sellers 2017

Are you thinking about fourth quarter yet? Summer is just upon us, but it is time to start planning ahead. As seasoned Amazon sellers know all too well, the holiday season sneaks up incredibly fast. If you would like your products stocked at Amazon’s fulfillment centers before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, your shipments will need to leave the port of origin by the following dates: (more…)

Source Products from Across Asia – New Shipping Locations Added

China has been the mecca of affordable goods to manufacture and export to the United States for some time now. However, countries beyond China are becoming attractive spots for new opportunities in production and trade. We are continuing to expand our partnerships across the globe to cater to clients who are looking at sourcing in various countries beyond China. (more…)

Freight Forwarding: What Is It? Why Successful Amazon Sellers Use Forwarders

WHAT'S A FREIGHT FORWARDER AND WHY DO I NEED ONE? One of the biggest surprises to many new Amazon sellers is how big of a role logistics plays in the cost and effort of becoming an online seller and getting a product launched on Amazon.  When I launched my first private label product on the Amazon marketplace in 2013, I followed a blog post I found on selecting a product, finding a supplier, and negotiation tactics.  After finally selecting a [...]

Product Sourcing and the “Next Big Thing”

Every entrepreneur has, in one point in their life, wondered if their idea was worth pursuing. The act of creating, running, and maintaining a business is a long journey -- A journey that no doubt has its positives, but will also be full of time, effort, exhaustion, hardship, and in some cases even grief. Before you decide to take the big leap with your idea, it would be beneficial to see if people would even want it in the [...]

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FBAforward Attends the Sellers’ Conference, March 2017

The Spring "The Sellers Conference," formerly known as Sellers Conference for Online Entrepreneurs (or SCOE), this year is taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the dates of March 7th- March 10th. This biannual conference is distinguished as the oldest conference for online sellers. The conference is designed to help online sellers learn and adapt to the newest trends occurring in the online world. The conference will show online sellers different opportunities that they can use to grow their own online [...]

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Amazon Q4 Policy Update – FBA Shuts Out New Sellers

Amazon announced this week that they are closing the FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) program to new sellers until after December 19.  To qualify for Amazon's FBA program during the 2016 Q4 season, it seems that customers needed to have submitted an inbound FBA shipment prior to October 10.  With the changes they have made in the past few months, this policy update makes sense for Amazon.  They are quickly running out of space in their fulfillment centers, and need to [...]

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Entrepreneurs: 6 Ways to Maximize Efficiency

No matter what business you are running, maximizing efficiency will be key. As an entrepreneur, the outcome of your business will come down to how you spend your time and how effectively you do things. By hiring the right team, doing things right, and strategizing to the best of your abilities, you can make sure that your business ends up thriving. (more…)

Amazon Sellers: How to Prepare for Q4 Success

Mention fourth quarter to any Amazon seller and it has the potential to bring about feelings of anxiety and apprehension. In reality, you should be incredibly excited about the potential for amazing profits because Q4 is one of the most exhilarating times of the year. If you follow this simple guide, we will help you plan for success with your Amazon sales through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond. (more…)

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Hanjin Shipping Declares Bankruptcy

Last week Hanjin Shipping Line, the 7th largest container shipper in the world, declared bankruptcy.  This news shocked the entire logistics industry, and has caused some major disruptions to all parts of the supply chain.  While the future is uncertain for Hanjin’s proceedings, here are some common questions and answers we have as of now: (more…)

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Your Amazon Product Page: Make It or Break It

You can play around with search engines all you want, pay for advertisement, and attract millions of web surfers, but you will never make a sale unless your Amazon product page appeals to the end user. We’ve seen it over and over again - People who have great products, but do not put enough effort into their page. (more…)

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Prepare for the Canton Fair

If you are planning on attending the Canton Fair, it is a good idea to strategize well in advance. Traveling to mainland China requires patience and a lot of planning. One thing you can’t do is wing it. The best way to take on the Canton Fair is to know what is needed and book everything as far beforehand as possible. If you don’t know what the Canton Fair is or are unsure of whether you should go, check out [...]

The Canton Fair

What is the Canton Fair? The Canton Fair, or the China Import and Export Fair, is one of the world’s largest trade shows and serves as a venue where businesses can directly find and meet with prospective suppliers for their products. When the Canton Fair comes to Guangzhou, China twice every year, hotel prices rise, the streets are more crowded, and some of China’s leading manufacturers come to town. (more…)