This is your December Marketplace Roundup, where Linnworks will be bringing you the latest news and updates from marketplaces around the world. We will be exploring some exciting updates from Amazon, integrations, and brand-new updates that make your shipping process as easy as possible.
Amazon released Amazon.com.au on the 6th of this month, providing great opportunities for online sellers who ship internationally in the UK, to expand their business further. In its first 24-hour period, the site received tens of thousands of visitors, with orders instantly taking place.
The expanded marketplace started off with selling books, but has now broadened to iPads, beauty products, laptops, clothing, and Amazon’s very own Fire TV Stick.
Amazon AU has high expectations for 2018, with customers expected to see branded clothing available. to order. For more independent sellers, getting your business on Amazon AU will increase traffic to your site due to less competition this will increase the number of online orders. For Amazon FBA users, Amazon Prime is expected to be introduced by 2018 making fast customer services and cost-effective shipping possible.
GFS has introduced a new, fast way of sending parcels to your customers, with GFS Direct. It’s the simple way to send parcels this festive season to give you quick and easy access to a wide range of carrier services, prices starting at £2.79.
Whether you have 20 parcels to send worldwide or 1 at the last-minute, you can use GFS Direct any time to book services that are convenient for you. They allow you to compare prices from a range of carriers and select the delivery services that suit you, you can book online and choose to have parcels collected from your door, or drop them to a parcel shop.
Use your discount code LINNWORKS10 to receive 10% off until 31st December.
eBay have extended their shipping guarantee when sending products to Australia, but their courier, Royal Mail, are claiming that the cut-off date when shipping to Australia was the 9th December. If you are an online eBay seller who ships to Australia, it’s a good idea to check with Royal mail if you’re in doubt of your products will get to customers in Australia in time for Christmas.
In other news, eBay has also acquired the analytics tool Terapeak in a deal which is set to be in place by the end of the year. The impressive algorithms that Terapeak offer will be soon integrated with eBay's Seller Hub, which would make it easier for eBay customers to manage their business statistics. To see a full description of the new integration, click here.
Terapeak will however, still be based in Toronto, Ontario and Victoria B.C. Terapeak’s employees will report to eBay’s Vice President of B2C Selling, Bob Kupbens, or Sunil Rajasekar, Vice President of Seller Experience.
Royal Mail have released figures that outline the challenges that small businesses face in this year’s festive period. Figures show that consumer spending is down by 15% and is one of biggest challenges that small businesses are set to face this Christmas. Brexit was another challenge, as higher costs for shipping will prevent customers from buying internationally.
Nick Landon, Managing Director of Royal Mail Parcels, said “Lower consumer spending is a key challenge for small businesses in Britain. It’s important that consumers support local and smaller businesses on Small Business Saturday, over the Christmas period and throughout the year. Small businesses sit at the heart of the UK economy and are integral to the running of our country”.
Linnworks is proud to announce our new integration with international shipping service, WnDirect.
WnDirect are eCommerce delivery experts and specialise in helping eCommerce retailers ship internationally. They understand that increasing international sales and presence in-country can be quite difficult but with experience of working with many eCommerce retailers, their services include:
- Faster than mail and cheaper than express.
- Fully tracked parcels and the SLA for delivery to France is 3 days and 6 days to USA.
With eCommerce retailers such as ASOS, Urban Outfitter's and Public Desire to their client list, this service may be the best for your business if you’re looking for fast shipping to please your customers.
More Updates Next Month...
Be sure to check out the January eCommerce round-up, where Linnworks will update you on eCommerce news that could affect your business. From the Linnworks team, have a great Christmas.