AMAZON EXPANSION PLAN RESOURCE Page

 

 
  Kiri Masters | Bobsled Marketing CEO & Author of The Amazon Expansion Plan

Kiri Masters | Bobsled Marketing CEO & Author of The Amazon Expansion Plan

Hello!

Thank you for taking the time to read "The Amazon Expansion Plan".
I hope it proves to be a powerful resource for your brand’s growth on Amazon. I love sharing my  knowledge about ecommerce and selling on Amazon - and the things we do every day for clients at  Bobsled Marketing.

Now that you started on your journey to improve your Amazon game, I invite you to make the most of the supplementary resources mentioned throughout "The Amazon Expansion Plan" and don't forget to sign up to our mailing list to get new guides as they go live.

I would be honored to get your thoughts on this book and news of how it helped you optimize and grow your business on Amazon. You can leave your feedback here.

 

 

GOING INTERNATIONAL COULD BE THE BEST MOVE FOR YOUR AMAZON SALES CHANNEL

To help you identify the best opportunity for your consumer brand, our experts put together four country guides that make it easier to understand what you need to do to launch your brand on Amazon Canada, UK, Germany and Mexico. Guides go over the selling and importation process, the steps of registering your business in another country, as well as the costs of selling on Amazon outside the US.


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SELLING ON AMAZON AUSTRALIA

Are you thinking of launching your brand on Amazon Australia?

Then this is the guide for you! Australian residents have high disposable income and are avid online shoppers, but the current online shopping marketplace landscape is unsaturated. The recent launch and announcements regarding Amazon in Australia has opened up a potential opportunity for Amazon retailers to expand their online business operations into Australia’s online retail market.

Learn all you need to know in our new country guide and discover new opportunities for your brand.

 
 
 
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SELLING ON AMAZON CANADA

Thinking about expanding into Canada? This guide will inform you about selling taxes and importation processes, it will teach you how to register your business in Canada and provide you with a few helpful links to get you started.

 
 
 
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SELLING ON AMAZON UK

Thinking about launching your brand on Amazon UK? You are going to want to read our dedicated country guide, where we talk about setting up your business, applying for VAT and EORI numbers, import fees and how much will it cost to sell on Amazon UK

 
 
 
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SELLING ON AMAZON GERMANY

Sprechen Sie Deutsch and you’re thinking Germany would be a great market for your brand? Read our guide on how to launch your brand on Amazon Germany and you will find out what documents you will need, how to register your business in Germany, what is VAT and how much will it cost to sell on Amazon.de.

 
 
 
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SELLING ON AMAZON MEXICO

Amazon Mexico is a great opportunity for brands who are looking to diversify and grow outside of the US market. Read our dedicated country guide to find out about required steps to register your business in Mexico, selling fees and importation processes.

 
 

 
 
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“Expanding into new territories is an exciting, ambitious undertaking for any business. There are huge opportunities associated with entering a new market that has less competition (and customer bases that are eager for new purchasing options).

It’s critical, though, that you take a realistic approach to this expansion, both in terms of the amount of work that will be required to execute the plan, and the timeline it will take for you to get established.” 

-The Amazon Expansion Plan

 
 

OTHER ESSENTIAL GUIDES

One of the most important things about selling on Amazon is understanding the perks and downsides of the many different programs available for brands. Each company should run some math to determine which program is a real opportunity for sales growth and brand exposure.


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SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECT

Would you like to know how Supply Chain Connect Works? Then this is the guide for you. Learn all about it in our free guide and streamline your shipping process. Supply Chain Connect (SCC) is a convenient new FBA shipping program for sellers who work with suppliers that ship inventory directly to Amazon fulfillment centers. It improves the shipping process for sellers who work with manufacturers, freight forwarders, wholesalers, or similar parties to ship inventory directly to Amazon.

 
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Amazon Business Seller Programme

Amazon launched the Business Seller program in 2015, with an eye to capturing some of the $800 Billion B2B ecommerce category. When you consider that offices, healthcare and education institutions, governments, and pretty much every other type of business also have purchasing needs, it’s no wonder that Amazon has created a platform to serve this market. The Amazon Business Seller Program is great for Sellers as well as for procurement officers in organizations.

 
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SELLING IN THE BEAUTY CATEGORY ON AMAZON

At Bobsled Marketing, we’ve worked with many brands in the beauty category. We compiled our experience and insights into a new White Paper. 

This guide to selling in Amazon’s beauty category will give you tips on everything from how to properly label and package your product, to avoiding and dealing with hazmat flags. We’ll also dive into how you can optimize your listings and take advantage of advertising opportunities on Amazon.  

 
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Selling Food & Beverages on Amazon

In “The Updated Guide to Selling Food & Beverages on Amazon” Bobsled presents insider information on how to get your food & beverage products seen and sold. From how to create optimized listings and titles, to PPC campaign ideas, product bundling, and special programs Food & Beverage sellers can take advantage of.

 
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AMAZON SELLER FULFILLED PRIME

For companies that don’t have their own warehouse and retail order fulfillment capability, Amazon FBA might be a very convenient way to get started selling on Amazon. But those FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) fulfillment fees really add up, and most larger Sellers can fulfill customer orders for less. One thing has held them back until now: the Amazon Prime program.

 
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AMAZON HOLIDAY SELLING GUIDE 2016

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year for Amazon sellers. 51% of the total e-commerce growth in Q4 2015 was attributed to Amazon. And for 2016, 47% of people have planned to do all of their holiday shopping there. Read our guide and learn how to create promotional strategies to make the most of this wonderful (and profitable) time of the year.


PROVIDER LIST

IMPORT AND LOGISTICS

Here are some providers of freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and other import/export services which past Bobsled Marketing clients have used.

  • Shapiro
    An established, full-service international freight forwarder. Everything from US domestic overland freight, to international sea shipping to Europe. Also has a customs brokerage capability.

  • Forest Shipping
    Full service logistics and customs broker serving the US, Europe and Japan. Sea (FCL and LCL), Air and Courier freight available.

  • BGI Worldwide
    Global and domestic freight management.

  • Cole International
    Specializes in USA - Canada trade. Handles Canada customs brokerage and freight forwarding, as well as regulatory compliance (GST registration & sales tax compliance, for example).

  • FBA Forward
    Specifically geared to service Amazon FBA sellers. FBA Forward handles customs clearing, packaging, and forwarding services.

  • B2C Europe
    Shipping, warehousing, and product returns processing.


RETURNS PROCESSING AND REPACKAGING

  • Skutouch
    A US-based Fulfillment Provider who specializes in dealing with customer returns and re-packaging inventory. This is an important consideration for sellers located outside of the USA, since you're unable to have unfulfillable inventory shipped out of the country.

  • B2C Europe
    Product returns processing and warehousing.


ACCOUNTANT / AGENT FOR VAT REGISTRATION (EUROPE)


SALES TAX SOFTWARE (FOR US SELLERS)

  • Taxjar.com
    Integrates with your online stores and Amazon to calculate exactly how much sales tax you need to file in each State that you have nexus in. The program can even file the returns with each State on your behalf! Be sure to discuss tax matters with your Tax Advisor or CPA.


INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY CONVERSION, PAYMENTS & REMITTANCE

  • Payoneer
    When selling in international Amazon marketplaces, you can use the default Amazon Currency Conversion Service (ACCS), or you can work with a third party provider like Payoneer to access lower exchange fees, get faster payments, and receive payments to accounts that Amazon does not support. Payoneer can also be used to transact with suppliers and contractors.


SOFTWARE TO HELP MANAGE YOUR AMAZON ACCOUNT

  • Restock Pro
    Inventory and operations management tool designed for Amazon FBA merchants. In addition to streamlining shipments, purchase orders, and restocking decisions, the tool also monitors sales velocity, competitive listings and expected margins.

  • Feedbackfive
    This tool gives Amazon sellers the ability to proactively manage their feedback scores, and product reviews. Send emails to past Amazon customers to encourage reviews, get alerts of negative feedback and monitor trends over time.

  • Hello Profit
    A comprehensive dashboard for managing Amazon account. See your overall sales and promotions by product and variation.

  • Jungle Scout
    This is a product research software that provides with the click of a button product's estimated monthly sales, Best Seller Rank, revenue, or other criteria that is critical in identifying profitable opportunities.



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"Great product images, great copy, and great product reviews. You want each of the elements that you can control to be working hard to win that sale. Make your product listing as appealing as possible to the most carefully targeted group of people you can find."

-The Amazon Expansion Plan


AMAZON ANALYTICS

  • Cash Cow Pro
    One of our favorite tools at Bobsled Marketing. Cash Cow Pro is a powerful tool which helps you run A/B split tests, do basic inventory projections, and automate follow-up messages to customers. For all the feature this program has, the monthly fee is well worth.


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