Amazon announces temporary closure of some warehouses
News on September 29, according to foreign media reports, as Hurricane “Ian” approached Florida, on September 27, the US e-commerce giant Amazon announced the temporary closure of some warehouses in the state . According to a notice Amazon sent to employees, the company closed its warehouses near Tampa and Orlando on Tuesday. The company also said it expected the facilities to remain closed until Friday.
American Airlines has canceled more than 1,100 flights as Hurricane Ian headed toward Florida, according to FlightAware.
The ranking of the world's top 20 container ports is released, and China occupies 9 seats
According to news on September 29, Alphaliner recently announced the list of the top 20 container ports in the world from January to June 2022. Chinese ports account for nearly half of them, namely Shanghai Port (1), Ningbo Zhoushan Port (3), Shenzhen Port ( 4), Qingdao Port (5), Guangzhou Port (6), Tianjin Port (8), Hong Kong Port (10), Xiamen Port (15), Kaohsiung Port (18).
In the first half of 2022, the world's top 20 container ports completed a container throughput of 194.8 million TEU, a slight increase of 1.1% year-on-year in 2021, and Chinese ports completed a container throughput of 109.4 million, accounting for 56% .
82% of sellers increase selling price due to increased costs
September 29 news, according to a new survey by global B2B procurement platform BuyHive, the vast majority of online or D2C sellers around the world are suffering from rising procurement costs and are forced to raise commodity prices, mainly due to the new crown epidemic and Russia. The supply chain disruption caused by the conflict in Ukraine.
According to the survey, 82% of sellers surveyed from the US, UK and India said their costs had increased due to higher supplier prices , and more than 72% said they had or planned to increase prices. Despite raising prices, 64% of sellers surveyed said profit margins have fallen.
UK consumers are more enthusiastic about online shopping
British consumers are turning to online shopping, with 47% of British adults making at least one purchase per week , according to a new report from DigitalRiver and Opinium. Of these, 33% of UK consumers say they shop online more frequently than six months ago .
Of those, 50% said it was because it was more convenient, 30% said it was cheaper, another 30% said it was to avoid travel costs, and 29% of UK online shoppers said they found it easier to track prices online .
86% of consumers plan to buy gifts for the holidays
September 29 news, the annual holiday season is the "gifting season" for American consumers, according to a Bread Financial survey, despite inflation, 86% of consumers plan to buy gifts .
This year, more than 66% of holiday shoppers plan to buy for their spouse, partner or significant other , followed by 59% of children and 58% of extended family members; 56% of Gen Z plan to buy gifts for friends, overall 43%; 23% of consumers plan to give gifts to pets.
Three new measures of the Ministry of Commerce to stabilize foreign trade involve cross-border e-commerce
On September 29, the Ministry of Commerce issued the "Several Policies and Measures to Support the Stable Development of Foreign Trade" (hereinafter referred to as the "Measures").
Ensure production and contract performance, and support competitive products to develop international markets;
Actively support enterprises to participate in various exhibitions to grab orders;
Organize the online exhibition of the 132nd China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair);
Play the role of foreign trade innovation platform;
Further play the role of cross-border e-commerce in stabilizing foreign trade;
A number of policy measures were put forward in six areas including further promoting unimpeded trade.
Customs statistics show that the scale of China's cross-border e-commerce has expanded rapidly. In 2021, China's cross-border e-commerce import and export scale will reach 1.98 trillion yuan, an increase of 15%.
Amazon Prime Exclusive Discount Price Policy Changes
News on September 29th, yesterday, Amazon’s global store announcement stated that the products that apply for the Amazon Prime exclusive discount from now on , in addition to the Prime exclusive discount qualification conditions, must also meet the following conditions: must have a valid reference price; Prime exclusive discount The price must be 5% lower than the reference price .
During major promotions such as Prime Membership Day, Prime Membership Early Access Day, Black Friday/Cyber Monday, etc., the Prime exclusive discount price must be 10% lower than the reference price (specifically, the information on the seller's platform shall prevail).
Amazon has updated the Amazon sale calendar
On September 29, Amazon Europe announced that it has updated the 2022 Amazon promotion calendar. Sellers can use the Amazon promotion calendar and peak season preparation skills to seize business opportunities in the 2022 holiday sales season.
Annual holidays, seasonal sales, and Amazon-specific promotions provide sellers with plenty of sales opportunities, increasing product exposure to new buyers.
eBay US launches "Authentic Guaranteed Transaction" seller protection policy
On September 29, eBay USA recently issued an announcement saying that from November 1, 2022, eBay will update the refund guarantee policy and payment dispute processing for “Authentic Guaranteed Transactions” . To be eligible for "Item Not Received" protection, sellers must use a tracked shipping service to show the status of delivery to the appraiser's address.
Before that, eBay required sellers to show at least the city or zip code of the address, and from November 1, sellers will have to provide evidence of shipping to the full address of a certified person. Once an item is marked as received by a certifier, it becomes eBay's responsibility to deliver the item to the buyer, and if there are any delivery issues, eBay will work with the buyer to resolve it.
Amazon updates attribute configuration for 33 product types
On September 29, Amazon’s US station and European station recently issued an announcement saying that the unit count and product type attribute configuration of 33 product types have been updated . From October, sellers need to fill in the new update for the created Listing or the listing created in batches. properties, otherwise it will not be listed.
Unit count , matching units such as fluid ounces, ounces, feet, etc., based on the product's product type (PT) and product form. Using the unit count value also shows buyers the price per unit of the product.
Product Type , if the seller's ASIN is a product type that requires a product form, the seller must select an option from the drop-down list that best represents the product type.
eBay expands the range of products that can be guaranteed by the "e-refund" service
On September 29th, eBay announced that it will expand the scope of guaranteed categories for the "E-Refund" service. According to reports, eBay launched the eBay Free Return Care return protection plan "e-return" service in June this year to provide sellers with more return and related guarantee services.
Today, in order to better serve more sellers, starting from September 23, the "Refundable" service has expanded the scope of guaranteed categories, from the original second-level category coverage to the use of third-level categories as category subdivisions , which can cover more categories. Among them, home gardening, fashion, and more auto parts categories are included in the coverage. "E-Refund" consists of two parts: "insurance protection" and "return service". For the return and refund of insured transactions, 100% of the sales amount will be claimed . At the same time, it also provides free return logistics and return warehouse services .
Amazon Japan extends product return period for November and December
On September 29, Amazon Japan announced that for Amazon direct sales and FBA products purchased between November 1 and December 31, 2022, the return period (usually 30 days after the product arrives) will be extended to January 31, 2009.
The initiative aims to support sellers' business growth in the medium to long term by providing buyers with a better buying experience and enhancing customer appeal during peak sales seasons. Extending the return period does not require any changes from the seller. For seller-shipped products, the extension of the return period is at the seller's discretion.