Carrier Rate Increases for 2017

Every January, following the rush—both of the adrenaline and time varieties—of the holiday season, carrier rates see a price hike. This year is no different and we’re thrilled to bring you the updates, thanks to our partner ShipStation. They’ve tackled each of the big three carriers in the United States.

UPS RATE INCREASES

  • Package Services, effective December 26, 2016
    • Expect UPS Ground services to increase by an average of 4.9%.
    • Expect UPS Air and International services to increase by an average of 4.9%.
    • If your package’s longest side is over 48 inches (formerly 60 inches), the Additional Handling charge will be added to UPS Air and International packages.
    • Come February 6, 2017, the fuel surcharge will be adjusted weekly.
    • Retail rates and SurePost rates will also be increasing on December 26. Click here to see the new retail rates and the additional handling surcharge will apply to SurePost starting January 8, 2017.
    • Click here to see how certain surcharges will be changing.

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It’s Unify for Skubana!

Unify for SkubanaNew integration enables e-commerce Sellers on growth, not toil over low-value tasks

Heads up high-volume sellers! We’ve officially teamed up with Skubana, the leader in multi-channel operations management—introducing Unify for Skubana, the first solution that frees high-volume multi-marketplace sellers (including Amazon, Jet, Shopify, Walmart, and more) from the hassles of everyday operational management.#Unify for @Skubana syncs high-volume sales data from stores and marketplaces into accounting. Click To Tweet Unify for Skubana syncs sales data, inventory, purchase orders, shipping fees, and marketplace fees directly to your QuickBooks or Xero. In short, this important integration takes care of low-value tasks and accounting minutiae so online merchants can focus on growing their business.

Unify for Skubana syncs high-volume e-commerce sales data from any shopping cart or marketplace, as well as inventory data from Skubana, into accounting. By automating order data and fees into accounting while keeping inventory counts up to date, Unify for Skubana saves customers time and hassle so they can focus on accelerating the growth of their business rather than toiling over data entry.

Take it from Chad Rubin, CEO of Skubana: “Webgility has made tremendous strides in simplifying e-commerce operations, and we are pleased to bring inventory management into the overall Unify solution. Unify for Skubana will empower online stores to grow their customers, inventory, and sales channels without adding anything but profits to their bottom line.”

There are three main features of the new Unify integration for Skubana:

  • Accounting Automation: Unify for Skubana takes care of a company’s entire bookkeeping needs. The solution allows sellers to automatically schedule and post online sales data from any channel or Skubana directly into QuickBooks or Xero with no manual data entry. Users can also add a connection to their high-volume Amazon or eBay accounts and reconcile their accounting by recording all fees and expenses. With Unify for Skubana, accounting is always up-to-date and accurate.  
  • Inventory Sync: Unify for Skubana takes inventory control and management to the next level by combining the power of Skubana with the detail and flexibility of Unify. Users can sync their Skubana purchase orders and sales to the accounting system of their choice to track inventory depletion while also staying on top of stock replenishment.  
  • Multi-channel Selling: Unify for Skubana helps companies easily grow their business by experimenting with marketplaces like Amazon and any shopping cart. By connecting their entire multi-channel business with Unify for Skubana, online sellers can ensure their accounting is accurate, timely, and organized, even while they grow.

We’re committed to bringing simple management solutions to today’s complicated, multi-channel e-commerce businesses. By partnering with Skubana, we have made it possible for online sellers to not just manage multi-channel sales but embrace them as a powerful growth strategy—with no additional worries or operational woes. We’re excited to watch our joint customers grow their businesses substantially in the year to come.

For more information or a free trial of Unify for Skubana please visit http://skubana.webgility.com/.

The ultimate guide to high performing Amazon sponsored ad PPC campaigns

Simple instructions for creating a high performing Amazon Sponsored Ad Campaign, written by Grace Macatangay

You ever hear the saying “traffic is king”? We didn’t either, until Amazon banned incentivized reviews tied to Amazon sellers giving away free or heavily discounted products in exchange for reviews (which artificially increased traffic and sell-through velocity on your Amazon product listings). Now there is a new king in town, and that’s Amazon’s Sponsored Ad platform, which can drive significant traffic to your Amazon listings.

At first glance of Amazon Sponsored Ads seemed intimidating, but the traffic benefits to your Amazon product listings are insane. As Skubana said in this blog post, we’re now entering a pay-to-play Amazon environment in 2017 – you gotta pay, to make money on Amazon and that money is going back into Amazon’s pocket.

Here’s proof of what one of Skubana’s clients shared with us and what Sponsored Ads can do for you:

 The ultimate guide to high performing Amazon sponsored ad PPC campaigns

This Amazon seller generated $200,000 on spend of $35,0000 – meaning, for every $1 of sales generated, Amazon is getting roughly 17 cents. That’s a great deal, and will change depending on what category you sell in.

Let’s now get to gold nuggets of our guide—creating an Amazon Sponsored Ad campaign that works, drives traffic and most importantly, is profitable.  Even if you’re already using Amazon PPC to drive traffic and sales, you can benefit from some of these tips to increase relevance, find new keywords, and lower your ACOS.

We’re going to show you how this is done. Look no further:

The Basics: Why Use Amazon Sponsored Product Ads?
Amazon’s sponsored product ad platform is a tremendously powerful tool for Amazon sellers that is surprisingly underutilized, even by large Amazon retailersDespite that, it is a tool that you can use to increase your traffic and sales with only a small investment, while reaping other benefits that will in turn add value to your entire campaign.
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Four e-commerce trends for a winning 2017

Four e-commerce trends for a winning 2017

Why Amazon sellers must stop selling like it’s 2016, written by Grace Macatangay

Amazon has made some major changes recently, where the survival of many Amazon sellers just got much slimmer. With these changes, we’ve learned some new lessons and have given thought about what you need to implement in 2017 to win on Amazon’s marketplace. Let’s dive into some 2017 tactics that we believe will drive your business forward in the New Year.

In 2017, only the strong survive on Amazon
In 2016, we lived through a very wild-west Amazon seller era and now Amazon has made moves to reign it in. With the Amazon incentivized review prohibition, we believe Amazon will empower third-party Amazon sellers (those that sell ON Amazon) to use it’s internal and trusted Vine Review program, which has been traditionally only available to first-party Amazon Vendor Central Clients (those that sell TO Amazon). Those outside Amazon review tools you were using will simply become Amazon deal sites, and many of them that didn’t have software will just disappear.

The Amazon Vine program in 2017 is worth leveraging immediately
Every Tom, Dick and Harry “private labeler” used to be able to source a product on Alibaba and game the system with fake reviews to boost their rank against competitors. Let’s face it: Those days are over and the playing field is now level, forcing sellers to pay for Amazon Sponsored Product Ads to get impressions and hopefully conversions.
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Keep Calm and Jingle On

Keep Calm and Jingle On5 quick wins for a successful holiday season

By now, your holiday marketing plan is likely up and running, but with competition at an all-time high, consider a few of these effective strategies from Bronto‘s industry partners to give your efforts an extra boost.

Use Your Post-Purchase Data
Make it as easy as possible for your existing customers to come back and purchase again,” says Robert J. Moore, Head of Magento Analytics. “More than any other prospective customers, you know who these people are and what they like, such as product types, price points, and even what time of day they shop. Use this data to create special promotions and announcements that cost you very little to deliver but can have a major impact on your sales.”

Target Lapsed Customers
“The holidays are the best time to target your lapsed customers,” says AgilOne’s Laura Corbalis. “Identify everyone who hasn’t bought from you in over a year, and send them a holiday-focused ‘We miss you!’ message with a special deal. These customers are familiar with your brand, so sending them something that beckons them back can be a very quick win.”

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