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The 80/20 of Ecommerce – June 11, 2021

US ecommerce forecast revised upward, 18% growth expected in 2021 – Apparel and Home furnishings lead the way

The ecommerce growth trend is doing even better than expected so far in 2021. 

eMarketer has revised their 2021 ecommerce sales forecast up to 17.9% from a previous 13.7%. 

Reasons include the government stimulus at the start of the year as well as robust spending as the overall economy starts to reopen from the lockdowns during the pandemic.

A couple of retail high risers include Apparel which is forecast to grow by 28.7% and Home furnishings at 11.4%. 

Biden creates a supply chain “strike force” with sights set on China

According to Reuters, the US has created a “supply chain strike force… looking for specific violations that contributed to a hollowing out of supply chains that could be addressed with tariffs or other remedies, including toward China.”

The focus however is on products deemed critical to national security and safety including “neodymium magnets, semiconductors, transportation, as well as agriculture and food.”

The goal is to reduce US supply chain bottlenecks and over reliance on foreign supply chains which can be risky as seen during the pandemic.  

Biden also has stated that “China will not surpass the US as a global leader on his watch” so we shall see how this trade war pans out in the next 4 years.  

REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Senate passes $250 billion bipartisan tech and manufacturing bill aimed at countering China

Last Tuesday, the Senate passed one of the largest industrial bills in U.S. history in a bipartisan effort to ensure the U.S. remains competitive with China as one of the globe’s technological powerhouses.

According to CNBC “The bill, which passed the chamber 68-32, commits roughly $250 billion in funding for scientific research, subsidies for chipmakers and robot makers, and an overhaul of the National Science Foundation.”

The bill paves the way for billions in new and replacement funding to spur the creation of new technology hubs across the United States, Additional investment in semiconductor research and manufacturing, and stand up a technology directorate at the National Science Foundation. There’s also a directive to the Commerce Department to create a new supply chain resiliency and crisis response program. New reporting requirements, and a response and recovery fund for local governments responding to cyber crises.

In short, this bill is about countering China by focusing on U.S. competitiveness. 

Here are some things you may have missed from last week:

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – June 4, 2021

Q1 2021, 55% of products sold on Amazon were marketplace sellers’ items. 

3rd party Amazon sellers continue to sell more as they now account for 55% of all products sold on Amazon.  

According to data from Amazon.com you can see a steady growth in the percentage or products sold on Amazon by 3rd party sellers.  

Several years ago, Jeff Bezos was quoted as saying that 3rd party sellers were “kicking our butt” but he doesn’t seem to mind as this is reducing the inventory risk that Amazon needs to take on.  It also gives Amazon valuable opportunities to capitalize on the advertising front (e.g Amazon PPC).  

And it gives Amazon valuable data in what products are selling well so they can focus on the high potential products in the while label line Amazon Basics.  

The Amazon FBA train continues to chug along!

Live Masterclass: Amazon Europe Expansion Post Brexit in 2021

Jérôme de Guigné, the Founder and Managing Director of e-Comas. Making eCommerce simple. He is an Amazon expert with 20 years of experience in brand management and distribution, and an inside-out knowledge of how Amazon works.

In this 60-min training, you will learn:

[3:00] Europe is bigger than US market

[5:01] Understanding Europe

[8:00] Nav Europe is complex

[12:35] The Fulfillment Options

[13:30] Fulfillment options

[16:47] VAT

[32:50] Our Recommendation

Book a call with E-Comas to get more help on Amazon EU expansion. www.e-comas.com/calendar

Exciting news. The next 7 Figure Seller Summit will launch August 16th to 20th. More details coming soon.

I really want to make this the best summit so far and we want to make it as valuable to you as possible. That’s why I’d love to get your feedback. If you can fill this short survey, it would really help my team and I create the best event we can to help you with your Amazon and Ecom business! https://forms.gle/HouPfqTY5du7KRsv8

Here are some things you may have missed from last week:

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – May 28, 2021

Amazon Prime Day 2021 expected to be June 21 and 22

According to a report by Bloomberg, “Amazon.com’s Prime Day sale will be held June 21 and 22”.  

Last year Prime Day was moved to October due to COVID, but this year it has returned to its regular summer date. 

If you’re a seller, expect A LOT of promotional opportunities to slash prices (which may not necessarily be a good thing).  And I also expect a lot of competition between sellers.  

Mark your calendars!

Source: Amazon.com

India COVID Charity Fundraiser continues

As Covid has left the nation of India in grief, my friends Meghla, Margaret & Kevin from India Sourcing Network hosted a virtual “Charity Singathon” in collaboration with Deepalaya, a non-profit organization in Delhi. The event is to help raise funds to help underprivileged families affected by COVID in India.

They have already raised over $9,000 and have a goal of $20k to help needy families and children purchase food and sanitation kits.  

If you can contribute anything at all it would be a great help. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the charity and families in need. 

Stay safe and Thank you!

Donate now.

Live Training on 3 Ways to Deploy Capital to Scale your Ecommerce Business

Tomo Matsuo is the President of Yardline Capital, a provider of growth capital, business tools, and competitive insights for sellers on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Shopify and more. 

In this 60-min training, you will learn:

[8:55] Finding the optimal capital allocation among different opportunities

[11:00] The Growth Capital Math

[17:20] Tips for sellers for managing cash flows to ensure optimal inventory levels

[19:05] Beware having too much capital as you also have to take on too much risk

[20:35] Cash flow management and supply chain

[22:55] Storing extra inventory in 3PLs vs shipping directly from the manufacturer

[25:42] IPI score is like your credit score; the better the score, the beter the sellers

[32:18] Recommendations in deploying capital into marketing

[38:20] Expanding horizontally from Amazon

[48:09] Hiring people once you get to a certain scale

Here are some things you may have missed from last week:

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – May 21, 2021

Google partners with Shopify on online shopping expansion

Google and Shopify are joining forces in the world of ecommerce. 

According to Techcrunch, “Google today announced it’s partnering with Shopify, giving the e-commerce platform’s more than 1.7 million merchants the ability to reach consumers through Google Search and its other services. The integration will allow merchants to sign up in just a few clicks to have their products appear across Google’s 1 billion “shopping journeys” that take place every day through Search, Maps, Images, Lens and YouTube”

They didn’t reveal the details of the partnership, but we do know that Google and Shopify are tightening the competition against Amazon in the e-commerce and advertising markets.

Investors were happy with the Shopify news and shortly after Google’s announcement, the stock grew 3.52%.

Amazon’s ads business is generating nearly $7 billion a quarter, and growth is accelerating (CNBC)

Amazon sellers know that to be successful you have to “Pay to Play” in the Amazon Advertising or “PPC” world.  

This was evident as Amazon “smashed” analysts’ expectation as they posted that “Amazon’s “Other” unit, which is primarily made up of advertising but also includes sales related to other service offerings, grew revenue 77% year over year to more than $6.9 billion”.

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“The digital advertising hot streak aided by stay-at-home trends has evidently lasted into the first quarter as travel starts to return and e-commerce spend persists, with companies such as Facebook and Alphabet seeing blowout results for their ads businesses.”

India Charity Singathon for underprivileged families affected by COVID in India 

As you may have heard India is suffering from the effects of a triple mutant strain of COVID-19 and this is affecting the manufacturing and supply chain not to mention the lives of many many people.

My good friends Meghla, Margaret & Kevin from India Sourcing Network are organizing an 8-hour live & virtual “Charity Singathon” to help raise funds to help underprivileged families affected by COVID in India.  

They are partnering with Deepalaya, a non-profit organization in Delhi.

Over 15 singers from the US, Australia, UK, India, Singapore, and The Philippines will be performing at the event to support the families affected by COVID in India.

I’d love to invite you to join me in supporting this cause if you can by viewing and sharing this Charity Singathon.

Fri, May 21, 8 pm EST

Press “Going” on the event link to receive a notification when the Singathon is live: https://www.facebook.com/events/949460862554207/ 

And if you can, please consider making a donation to this charity – 100% of the funds are going to the charity organization to help the children and families affected by the pandemic.  

Here’s where you can donate to contribute to the cause: https://fundraisers.giveindia.org/projects/deepalayas-mission-food-and-sanitisation-kits-for-the-needy 

How to Boost your Amazon FBA Profits and Cash Flow so you Can Maximize your Exit (Replay)

Recently, I invited Don Henig, Kelliane Fedio, and Jeremy Bell for a LIVE ASK ME ANYTHING Session with Don, Kelliane, and Jeremy, where they answered questions on increasing your Amazon’s business profitability, cash flow, and exiting it for the maximum price. 

In this 60-min AMA session, you will learn:

  • How to prepare your Amazon business for an Amazing exit
    • What it takes to grow your business
    • How to exit at your peak to maximize valuation
  • What makes a great Amazon business for acquisition
    • How to make your business irresistible to acquirors
    • What drives the valuation / multiple up
    • How to maintain adequate levels of inventory prior and after sale
  • When is the right time to sell your Amazon business
    • Why 2021 is a great year to sell your Amazon business
  • Why it’s so important to plan your Amazon business exit
    • The 3 things that you must do today to plan/maximize your exit  
    • Common mistakes that will cost you big

Here are some things you may have missed from last week:

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – May 14, 2021

I’m taking a “spring break” with my family this week so it will be a short newsletter.

Here’s what I’m reading:

Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire by Brad Stone

Just released this week is the latest biography on Jeff Bezos and how he grew Amazon from an online bookstore to an ecommerce juggernaut it is today.

If you’re selling products on Amazon it makes to know the story behind how the marketplace was built and how the founder built and scaled it to over a trillion dollars.  

“In Amazon Unbound, Brad Stone presents a deeply reported, vividly drawn portrait of how a retail upstart became one of the most powerful and feared entities in the global economy. Stone also probes the evolution of Bezos himself—who started as a geeky technologist totally devoted to building Amazon, but who transformed to become a fit, disciplined billionaire with global ambitions; who ruled Amazon with an iron fist, even as he found his personal life splashed over the tabloids.”

Here are some things you may have missed from last week:

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – May 7, 2021

India manufacturing is hurting from the recent Covid spikes

According to my personal anecdotal evidence, many businesses and manufacturers in India are hurting due to the recent Covid 19 spikes hitting the country of nearly 1.2 billion people.  

One sourcing agent I spoke to this week told me that 70% of the manufacturers he works with in India are closed down.  This means that it’s causing a ripple effect if you’re sourcing product from India in two ways.  

First expect longer delivery times.  Factories are focused on fulfilling orders they already have on hand rather than looking to take on new orders which they may not be able to handle due to lack of manpower and raw materials.

Second – you may expect higher prices.  For example certain metals such as copper have seen raw materials price double in the recent months.  Besides the global spike in copper prices, another factor is the lack of industrial oxygen available to manufacturers who use this to treat the metal.  Currently there is a lack of oxygen available to hospitals so all of the supply has been shifted towards medical needs.

When will things return to pre-Covid levels?  It remains to be seen.  Optimists have said that they expect things to get back on track in June or July.  We will see. 

Shopify rides online shopping wave to crush profit, revenue estimates

In ecommerce, Amazon may be king, but a rising tide lifts all boats.  

Shopify which is a popular platform to create your own ecommerce website “emerged as a pandemic winner with revenue soaring 86% last year from 2019 and shares nearly doubling to make it Canada’s most valuable firm” according to U.S News and World Report. 

Ygal Arounian said, “Shopify saw real strength again during the (1st) quarter, and with total volume growth on the platform accelerating from 4Q, it’s clear their role in the retail ecosystem continues to get stronger,”.

5 Game-Changing Opportunities with Amazon PPC with Ritu Java (Replay)

Many of you have told me that managing and running profitable Amazon PPC campaigns is your #1 challenge.

That’s why I invited Ritu Java who helps 6, 7, and 8 Figure Amazon sellers make more money by creating and optimizing their Amazon PPC Campaigns to give you a masterclass on the 5 Game-Changing Opportunities with Amazon PPC in 2021. 

In this 63 min training you will learn:

[19:48​] 2 Easiest PPC campaigns to run first 

[21:50​] Biggest Mistake sellers make: less is better 

[23:38​] Video ads have CTR 4x to 5x (2%)  more than regular ad (0.5%)

[28:47​] How You can accelerate the algorithms association

[29:38​] When I launch a new product, which ad type should I run 

[30:36​] Ritu’s PPC Launch recommendation w/ 20-30 campaigns 

[33:41​] One of the Most important Data points: Unit session percentage – AKA Conversion Rate 

[37:24​] Brand Analytics – data Amazon gives brands about all the KWs

[38:30​] Common mistake – put too many strings in searches 

[41:50​] Do we stop PPC if there are enough Organic sales? 

[47:15​] Do we target long-tail keywords or highly competitive main keywords? 

[49:35​] How long to run auto campaigns for? 

If you’d like to learn more about PPC, Ritu will offer a LIVE 3 week PPC workshop on May 12, 19, and 26th hosted by yours truly.

  • Live 3-Week PPC Workshop and Q&A Plus Replay with Ritu Java
  • May 12, 19 and 26, 9PM EST (2 hours x 3 sessions)
  • Deadline: Tues, May 11th, 11:59PM PST

You will learn:

Day 1: Campaign Fundamentals

Amazon ad types

Setting up an Auto campaign

Deep dive into match types – Broad, phrase, exact match

Bids and budgets – How much to bid and how to budget

Day 2: Campaign Management

Learn efficient ways of designing your campaigns

Setting up a manual campaign

Negative keywords

Fundamentals of Bid Management

Day 3: Troubleshooting the PPC Funnel

Key performance indicators for PPC

Ad type diversification:

  • Product Targeting Ads
  • Category Targeting Ads
  • Sponsored Brands
  • Sponsored Display
  • Video in Search – Understand why this is currently the most effective ad type on Amazon

Join here: https://www.8020sourcing.com/ppc-workshop/

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – April 23, 2021

Jeff Bezos’ Final Amazon Shareholder Letter – My personal takeaways

Jeff Bezos the founder and CEO of Amazon will be stepping down soon.  Each year he writes a highly anticipated newsletter for Amazon shareholders.

This week he shared his final Amazon Shareholder newsletter to give us a glimpse of some of the key concepts he instilled since he founded Amazon in 1997 and his future outlook for the company. 

If you have a few minutes I recommend you read it here.  

Here are a few of my personal takeaways: 

Create More Than You Consume

If you want to be successful in business (in life, actually), you have to create more than you consume. Your goal should be to create value for everyone you interact with. Any business that doesn’t create value for those it touches, even if it appears successful on the surface, isn’t long for this world. It’s on the way out.” 

How about third-party sellers? We have an internal team (the Selling Partner Services team) that works to answer that question. They estimate that, in 2020, third-party seller profits from selling on Amazon were between $25 billion and $39 billion, and to be conservative here I’ll go with $25 billion.” 

“We save customers time.

Customers complete 28% of purchases on Amazon in three minutes or less, and half of all purchases are finished in less than 15 minutes. Compare that to the typical shopping trip to a physical store – driving, parking, searching store aisles, waiting in the checkout line, finding your car, and driving home. Research suggests the typical physical store trip takes about an hour.  “ 

Being Distinct is not easy 

“We all know that distinctiveness – originality – is valuable. We are all taught to “be yourself.” What I’m really asking you to do is to embrace and be realistic about how much energy it takes to maintain that distinctiveness. The world wants you to be typical – in a thousand ways, it pulls at you. Don’t let it happen.

You have to pay a price for your distinctiveness, and it’s worth it. The fairy tale version of “be yourself” is that all the pain stops as soon as you allow your distinctiveness to shine. That version is misleading. Being yourself is worth it, but don’t expect it to be easy or free. You’ll have to put energy into it continuously.” 

Virtual Canton Fair is happening now

If you’re looking to source products from China beyond searching on Alibaba, check out the online Canton Fair happening from April 15-24, 2021.  

With China’s borders still closed to foreigners, this is the only way to attend the Canton Fair, which is the largest trade fair in China.  

Their website is a little clunky and requires registration though.  

3PL warehouse growth not welcome in some California communities

As ecommerce continues to grow, there is a boom in demand for warehouse space near consumers according to Supply Chain Dive. 

“Warehouse demand exceeded supply in Q4 of 2020 and early 2021. The national vacancy rate fell to 4.8%, according to the Industrial Business Indicator from Prologis.”   

However, some residents in cities such as Upland, CA are pushing back as they do not appreciate the additional traffic jams and pollution from lines of trucks coming and going from these warehouses.  

The city council is considering modifying zoning regulations to put limits on the size and permits required to open and run warehouses.

How to create an Amazing (Amazon) Listing: listing optimization contest, powered by PickFu

This was a really cool competition where 4 agencies competed to create the best Amazon product listing.  This event was hosted by PickFu and judged by Kevin King and Karyn Thomas.  

This was a great look at the fundamentals of the visual parts of an Amazon product listing including the Main Image, Lifestyle Image, Infographics, and Product Video.  

And even better was the fact that these agencies used split testing powered by PickFu to find out which images/videos people liked the most.  

Check out the replay here to find out who won!  

By the way, a few months ago, Anthony Cofrancesco from PickFu held an advanced Amazon Listing Optimization and Split testing workshop.  It’s a paid workshop and if you purchase for $50 you will get $50 PickFu credit (essentially it’s a free training).  Learn more here

Live Training 4/26/21 7pm EST: How to Crush it on Amazon FBA in 2021

2021 is going to be huge in Ecommerce and especially on Amazon.

I’d love to invite you to an exclusive training next week where I will walk you through how to crush it on Amazon FBA in 2021.

  • A WALKTHROUGH of the Roadmap to selling on Amazon FBA in 2021
  • What’s changed so far in 2021
  • What’s not working anymore (so you don’t waste your time)
  • Answer your questions LIVE

This will be a free live webinar hosted by yours truly.

Live Training

The Roadmap to Building an Amazon Private Label Business in 2021

Monday, April 26th, 2021 at 7:00pm EST

REGISTER here: https://forms.gle/ZFUnU6UkkRzN73Jt7

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – April 16, 2021

Retail sales explode in March as consumers use stimulus checks to spend heavily

In the US, retail sales “exploded” in March mainly due to the $1,400 stimulus checks issued by the government.

According to CNBC, “Sporting goods, clothing and food and beverage led the gains in spending and contributed to the best month for retail since the May 2020 gain of 18.3%, which came after the first round of stimulus checks.” 

Furthermore, the outlook for 2021 seems very rosy as government stimulus is expected to inject a growth serum into the arm of the US economy.  

Some experts are predicting that this will be the “fastest economic acceleration in nearly 40 years.” 

But the long-term outlook once the economy weans itself off the government checks is less clear.  

All in all, I expect a strong year for ecommerce as the economy rebounds. 

Consumer Prices in U.S. Rise by Most in Nearly 9 Years

If you’re in the US, you may have already felt this – A price hike on almost everything! 

US consumer prices rose the most it’s risen in 9 years this March. This was mostly due to reopenings after the Covid-19 lockdowns.

According to Bloomberg: “Goods prices rose 4.1% in March from a year ago, services up 1.8%” 

In addition “Car and truck rental prices rose 11.7% from a month earlier, most since June, while year-over-year increase was largest on record. Food prices climbed 0.1% from a month earlier, while energy costs jumped 5% in the biggest gain since September 2017.”

Another key reason for the price increases are COST INCREASES.  

According to a study by the Institute of Supply Management, “more than half of service providers reported paying higher prices in March, the largest share since 2011. The ISM’s manufacturing survey showed about 72% of manufacturers said the same — the second-most since 2008.”

What does this mean for ecommerce sellers? 

If you’ve been feeling the pinch in your supply chain (rising product costs, shipping bottlenecks, additional 3PL costs, tariffs, etc) this may be a valid reason to raise your prices if you haven’t already.

Profitability is one of the key factors that keeps businesses in business so as the rest of the economy is raising its prices it may make sense to adjust your pricing (within reason) now.  

Here are some things you may have missed from earlier this month:

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – April 9, 2021

Amazon PPC Surpasses 10% of U.S. Digital Ad Market Share

According to The Wall Street Journal, “Amazon. com Inc.’s share of the U.S. digital ad market grew to 10.3% last year from 7.8% in 2019, according to a new report from research firm eMarketer.” 

This means that Amazon PPC which includes its Sponsored Products, Sponsored Brands, DSP and other advertising platforms is growing tremendously.  

Though representing a smaller market share than Facebook and Google ads, it is growing more quickly as a sign of its increasing importance in the ecommerce world.

eMarketer estimates Amazon’s U.S. ad revenue last year grew to $15.73 billion, up 52.5% from 2019.   Amazon’s U.S. digital ad share is still small relative to Google and Facebook’s, which accounted for 28.9% and 25.2% of the business, respectively, in 2020.

Amazon Is the Target of Small-Business Antitrust Campaign

Is Amazon becoming a monopoly? 

Last Tuesday, a new coalition of US small business groups launched a campaign for tougher US antitrust enforcement, specifically calling for the breakup of the biggest online commerce, Amazon.

This group includes the American Booksellers Association, National Grocers Association, and a number of local and regional business organizations.

Their goal is to enact policy that could separate Amazon’s retail product business from its online marketplace of FBA sellers.  

Will Amazon FBA sellers see the day where it no longer will need to compete against Amazon Basics in-house brands?  We will see what happens!

Amazon DSP Live Webinar (Free) – Presented by GETIDA & Buy Box Experts – 4/13/21

Our friends at GETIDA will be hosting a free webinar on Amazon Demand Side Platform (DSP).  This will be useful for larger Amazon FBA sellers who are already spending a lot on Amazon PPC.

According to Amazon, “The managed-service option (DSP) typically requires a minimum spend of $35,000 USD (minimum may vary per country)” 

If you are in the ballpark and would like to learn more about Amazon DSP, I recommend this free webinar on April 13th to learn: 

– What is Amazon DSP?

– What is the opportunity for Amazon sellers?

– How can Amazon sellers use DSP to get a real edge and advantage over their competitors?

– How can Amazon sellers retarget sponsored ads to shoppers who visited their listings and improve the overall ROI on ad spend?

– Can Amazon sellers convert the traffic of their competitors and gain new customers?

Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2916155736759/WN_q_7WoibBQhqCNhzqcTFP0Q


When a brand should go through a broker, PE firm, or buyer for a sale[Video training]

Before you sell your business, it makes sense to know who you can sell it to.  

That’s why I invited Kevin Flaherty, Thrasio’s Manager of Acquisitions to give you a rundown of the possible buyers for your Amazon FBA business.  

Kevin has been involved in a number of Amazon acquisitions and has a wealth of experience in  sourcing, evaluating, and negotiating acquisition deals. 

In this 60 minute training, you will learn:

  • [7:54] Who’s who Brokers, Aggregators, PE firms
  • [10:00] Major differences between them
  • [12:51] What is SDE and EBITDA? 
  • [18.48] Who should you go to?  Brokers Pros and Cons
  • [23.43] Aggregators Pros and Cons
  • [30.33] Importance of building SOPs 
  • [35:49] Private Equity Pros and Cons
  • [39:15] Which type pays the most?
  • [40:36] What “multiples” are currently used to buy Amazon seller business?
  • [43:06] Charitable causes – e.g. 10% proceeds support a charity – will this hurt or help my sale?
  • [44:56] **Social media – how much extra money does social media bring to the sale.
  • [46:59] What is the optimum time for selling an Amazon business and the key points to consider in taking this decision?”
  • [51:41] Multiple brands within a larger business – positive or negative? 
  • [52:43] Opinion on Lawyers 
  • [55:57] How important is it for sellers to have additional off-amazon sales

As a bonus, Thrasio is offering a free consultation to help answer any questions you have about selling your Amazon FBA business.  You can book a time with them here: https://bit.ly/3fUB63j 

Also checkout Private Label Live to learn more about exiting your Amazon business and a chance to get your questions answered on their live show.  

Successful Sellers, Entrepreneurs, and Ecommerce experts in Season 3 every Friday, 1pm EST / 10am PST: https://connect.thras.io/private-label-live

Here are some things you may have missed from last week:

The 80/20 of Ecommerce – April 2, 2021

Google vs Amazon: Google is challenging Amazon in the game of E-commerce

In the game of ecommerce, Amazon is the 800lb gorilla.  It generated $295 billion through it’s FBA program in 2020.

By comparison the amount of products people purchase on Google is tiny.  It’s estimated at only about $1 billion according to Marketplace Pulse.

But I wouldn’t rule out Google just yet because it is one of the most powerful companies in the world.  AND it does have a few factors that benefit sellers.  

First is lower costs.  Since last year, Google has allowed sellers to list their products for free and commission free on Google’s shopping site.  

Amazon fees can be quite hefty in comparison.  Many sellers budget upwards of one-third of their selling price to pay for Amazon fees which include fulfillment fees, storage fees, and commissions.  

Secondly Google allows sellers to have more control over the shopping experience.  Google allows sellers to drive traffic and customers directly to your own website or Shopify store.   You can get their names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, and you can pixel them, etc.  

Selling on Amazon FBA in contrast means you will not get any customer data besides a customer’s name.  Email addresses, addresses, and telephone numbers are a no-no in Jeff Bezos’ playbook.  These customers belong to Amazon (not you).

All is not rosy selling on Google however as some sellers report that Google will suspend sellers for reasons such as a “discrepancy in shipping costs”.

But in reality Google still has a long way to go to catch up with Amazon.

Amazon shopping is ingrained in online consumer behavior.  Many people visit Amazon FIRST when they want to buy something.

But it will be interesting to see if Google can make a dent in the ecommerce game that continues to heat up in 2020. 

Covid-19 has changed online shopping, Corona Virus is impacting E-Commerce.

Most people nowadays prefer to shop online because they believe it’s safer than shopping for the goods in physical stores, which of course increased the sales of online sellers.

We all know that shopping habits changed. Everyday, more retailers are switching to online selling and a lot of entrepreneurs are starting with their ecommerce ventures.

However what will happen after the pandemic subsides?  

According to The Harris Poll, overall, consumers are still more likely to shop in-store after the pandemic resolves, that is, after all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.” 

Does this mean that e-commerce will experience a large drop after the pandemic?  

What do you think? Comment below and let me know.

The Simple 3-Step System to Transition from Operator to Owner in your Amazon Business [Video training]

As you build, grow, and scale your Amazon business, one of the biggest bottlenecks to growing your business is doing everything yourself.

In a recent poll of 7 Figure Sellers, the number mistake they admitted was HIRING TOO LATE.  

That’s why I invited John and Brian from Seller Candy to give you a training on the 3-Step System to Transition from Operator to Owner in your Amazon Business

In this 60 min training you will learn:

  • [12:19] Why your assistants must be experts
  • [25:38] How to solve a listing suspension with Seller Central
  • [28:37] What if it doesn’t work?
  • [30:00] Breakdown of the process
  • [32:00] The one powerful trick how to solve listing suspensions with seller central
  • [34:09] Amazon GAP report


If you’d like to outsource this to Seller Candy to have an experienced Amazon VA step in right away to help you with your Amazon business, you can learn more here: https://signup.sellercandy.com/7FSS

Please note I use Seller Candy and am an affiliate so if you do join through the link above, I will receive a commission which helps pay the bills and my coffee!  Thanks!

And they have 3 special bonuses and a 30-day money back guarantee if you’d like to test it out.  https://signup.sellercandy.com/7FSS