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Please enjoy this ECF News Cart for March 13th, 2019:
In the News:
- Project Zero tackles counterfeits with automated scanning, self-service removals and serial numbers. (Invite only)
- Amazon sues the operators of five businesses allegedly selling fake reviews.
- FTC wins settlement in first-ever lawsuit over fraudulent reviews.
- Company to quit blocking third-party sellers from offering lower prices on competing websites.
- Change follows pressure from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and an investigation by Germany’s antitrust authority
- Vetting allows Target to dodge the PR nightmare of offensive and/or poor quality merchandise.
- Target+ shoppers to receive REDcard discounts, free shipping, in-store returns and other Target perks.
- Company wants vendors to sell directly to customers on its marketplace, Bloomberg reports
- Truth may be more nuanced: Community members report Amazon staff caught off-guard and scrambling
- Many sellers saw POs begin again days later assuming they were part of Brand Registry
Nearly Half WTO Members Agree to Negotiate Rules on Global E-Commerce (hat tip to ECF member Miracle Wanzo)
- The European Union, the United States, China and 46 other WTO members seek to develop more open, predictable regulations on cross-border e-commerce.
- Comprehensive rules to focus on making global e-commerce safer and more reliable for consumers and businesses, especially smaller ones.
- Negotiations set to begin this month.
- California’s treasurer, with the support of state officials, wrote a letter asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to lift sales tax requirements for Amazon FBA sellers. If you’d like to support their efforts, the Online Merchants Guild offers a template letter.
- Community member Alex Oxford breaks it down here.
- State lawmakers have also proposed a bill that would raise annual revenue thresholds in California from $100,000 to $500,000 for out-of-state sellers.
- Facebook reveals it’s working on its own cryptocurrency for WhatsApp
- Zuckerberg says future communication will “shift to private, encrypted services.”
New ECF Content:
- Even the Gurus Struggle: Ezra Firestone on Building Zipify Apps (Podcast)
- Takeaways From eCommerceFuel Live 2019 (Podcast)
- Profit First: How to Keep More of What You Make (Podcast)
- Losing $500K+ Amid a Counterfeiting Nightmare (Podcast)
Top Forum Discussions:
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- Ruthless Amazon Private Label Prioritization
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- Where in Your P&L Do You Put Your Amazon Fees?
- ECF Live 2019 Presentations Now Live
- 15 Lessons From Our First $15 Million – Nathan Barry shares what he’s learned bootstrapping ConvertKit to $15 million in ARR.
- The Future of Work: Wealthy, Successful and Miserable – How a lack of underlying meaning can contribute to professional dissatisfaction despite success.
- The Weight I Carry: What It’s Like to Be Too Big in America – A 460-pound man chronicles his experience with morbid obesity.