E185: Amazon News, Updated Review Policy, Minimum Wage Hike, Increase in Storage Fees, etc.October 4, 2018 in Ecom-Crew-Podcast
It’s been a hot minute since Dave and I sat down and did a podcast focused solely on discussing news and updates from Amazon. And so that’s what we did for this particular episode.
Here’s what we covered.
Amazon Raises Employee’s Minimum Wage to $15 (for US and UK)
The company’s move to raise the minimum wage was lauded by critics but there’s a fear that the cost will trickle down to third-party sellers at the beginning of next year.
Increase in long-term and Q4 storage fees
Amazon storage fees appear deceptively cheap but if you do the math, they could potentially cost 10 times the amount of what a 3PL would normally charge. You’ll find a table comparing the old and new storage fees here.
If possible, we recommend using a 3PL for storage and Amazon for fulfillment.
Update to reviews policy
The latest announcement basically clarifies on the sanctions a seller can receive for violating the updated review policy. Log in to your Seller Central account and read the verbiage.
States collecting Sales Tax
A couple more states have joined South Dakota in pursuing sales tax collection for online sellers. We are actively fighting this via the Online Merchants Guild and have plans to take the fight for this “undue burden” to federal court.
A hope in the horizon comes in the form of a Congress bill specifying that compliance should be restricted to $10 million dollar sellers and more.
We have recently been receiving emails from Amazon about this and have taken steps to clean up our listings and improve our images. Otherwise, they’ll suppress ASINs that don’t meet their guidelines.
This is a new FBA feature that essentially gives manufacturers some level of access to a seller’s account on Amazon. With this, there’s a real danger that Chinese suppliers themselves will start selling on the marketplace.
European Union takes legal action Amazon over antitrust issues
According to Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner, concerns had been raised over how Amazon was using data from third-party sellers and whether it was helping the company predict the ‘new big thing.’
That’s our roundup for the month. We’ll hopefully do another one in November or December. You can check out our previous podcast about Amazon updates on the link below.
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Michael started his first business when he was 18 and is a serial entrepreneur. He got his start in the online world way back in 2004 as an affiliate marketer. From there he grew as an SEO expert and has transitioned into ecommerce, running several sites that bring in a total of 7-figures of revenue each year.