International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

What President Trump's Tariff Increases Mean for Today's Shippers

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 08:41 AM

In lieu of our regular blog, we wanted to address for all our export and import shippers the means to verify quickly the impact that the recent export and import tariffs may have on your shipments to/from China and Europe.

This is a hot, on-going topic that is at its inception and yet it seems to already be creating havoc for many both inside and outside of the shipping community.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon, tariff

Prime Day is Coming! Here's How You Can Take Advantage as an Amazon FBA Seller

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

Move over Black Friday. Step aside Cyber Monday. Amazon Prime Day is here and, in just its third year of existence, has quickly taken over as the biggest shopping day(s) of the year.

Any FBA seller knows that Prime Day is not something that you want to miss out on. But what are the secrets to unlocking your best Prime Day yet?

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

Common Quality Control Challenges that Amazon FBA Sellers Face

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 09:20 AM

One of the amazing benefits to being an Amazon FBA seller is the unique ability to work from whatever location that you see fit. While this may be awesome for your lifestyle, it poses its own unique challenges.

Many successful Amazon FBA sellers take advantage of low-cost manufacturing from places like China, and import their goods to the US making it challenging for them to have their hands on the manufacturing, packing, and shipping processes.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

How Counterfeit Imports Impact Your Amazon Store

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 01:56 PM

Each year the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) process over $2 trillion worth of goods. Much of which are imported to be sold to the American consumer.

As online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay continue to grow so also does the import of counterfeit goods. These items are illegal, less expensive replicas of high-end or popular fashion items, tech, and even toys.

The growth of counterfeit imports to the US has significant impacts on the US economy as well as health and safety of the citizens who purchase these items and the CBP and Amazon are working to crack down on these illegal items entering the US.

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Tags: importing from China, Selling on Amazon

How to Be Successful Selling on Amazon: Decoding the 2017 Holidays

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 07:18 AM

Like Santa’s elves, it seems like successful Amazon sellers are always looking at the holiday shopping season. Whether you’re researching and planning for the next season or looking back at the biggest sellers from the season before, you always have your eyes on the next big thing.

I thought I would help you learn how to be successful selling on Amazon by analyzing the biggest successes of the 2017 holiday shopping season.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

The Pros and Cons of Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 04:17 PM

It’s no secret that the Amazon Marketplace has taken off and has quickly become a mainstay in consumer shopping. As an Amazon seller, you want to be sure you are doing everything that you possibly can to make your goods visible, accessible, and affordable.

If you’re trying to figure out how to be successful selling on Amazon, you have probably taken note of the Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) program. We’re laying out some of the key pros and cons of the FBA program to help you make the best decision for your Amazon business.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

Challenges Faced with Amazon Fulfillment Centers and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

Things are changing with Amazon!

Writing from a freight forwarder‘s standpoint and in a context of handling many importers using Amazon fulfillment centers, we are observing a shift in pricing and service provided by the Amazon fulfillment centers.

Issues range from taking a few days to reply to inquiries and pricing that seems too hard to control. Because Amazon has their own systems and requirements, which the Amazon sellers are subjected to, sellers often end up with a more elevated cost than anticipated.

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

Amazon Best Sellers for 2017 Holidays

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 01:48 PM

Did our holiday tech trends blog get you thinking ahead about the 2017 holiday season and what you’ll be stocking in your Amazon store? We hope it did! Though tech is a great area to focus your store’s inventory, we would be remiss if we neglected one of the other major shopping categories during the holidays... TOYS!!

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5 Blogs that will Teach you How to be Successful Selling on Amazon

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 @ 01:59 PM

If you’re thinking of becoming an Amazon FBA seller or are already selling on the marketplace, you’re probably constantly thinking of ways to be more successful than your competition. With such exponential growth (the FBA program grew by over 80% in 2016) it is crucial that you have as much information and resources possible so that you can not only keep up with you competition but beat them!

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Tags: Selling on Amazon

How to be Successful Selling on Amazon During the 2017 Holiday Season

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 07:31 AM

What's going to be this year's "Tickle Me Elmo?"

It may only be July but in the retail world it’s time to be thinking about the holidays and what the hottest gift items are going to be. As an Amazon FBA Seller, this obviously includes you! 

So, what's setting up to be this years' smash hits?

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Tags: Selling on Amazon