From the Editor - June 12, 2016
By Ina Steiner
Six hundred vendors staked out a spot in the exhibit hall at the Internet Retailer conference last week in Chicago eager to tell the 10,000 attendees how they could improve their businesses. And in the weeks before the conference, it felt like every one of them sent me an email pitch to set up a meeting or stop by their booth.
I first attended the IRCE conference in 2008 when there were over 5000 attendees and 326 vendors in the exhibit hall. That year, J.C. Penney's head of marketing and Buy.com's CEO were the keynote speakers.
The conference never disappoints, and this year, I was especially interested to attend the Facebook session titled, "Sneak Peek: What's Next at Facebook," presented by Facebook's head of US Ecommerce, Jeremy Lewis. It was an interesting session - but rather than providing a peek at what's to come for merchants on Facebook, Lewis offered advice for merchants instead.
I was also delighted to meet with Walmart's Seth Beal, who provided me with insight into its third-party merchant program. Walmart launched its new Marketplace in April, and is seeking to grow its base of sellers from the "hundreds" to the "thousands."
Also at the show was Bonanza founder Bill Harding. The company is celebrating its 8-year anniversary this month, and I sat down with him to discuss his approach and how he competes with the mega marketplaces.
Look for coverage of the Internet Retailer conference in this week's Newsflash.
Two other seller events are coming up this summer. eBay is hosting an event called eBay Open in Las Vegas in July ($199), and Etsy is holding Etsy Up in August in New York ($125).
In today's issue, Greg Holden takes a look at an interesting search tool for eBay buyers that can also prove helpful to eBay sellers. He also takes a look at a program called Merch by Amazon that's proving to be popular with online sellers.
We also take look at three major fee changes from Amazon that impact both FBA and non-FBA sellers as well as artisan sellers on Amazon Handmade. And Michele Alice takes a look at modern collectibles hatched from the popular mobile app, Angry Birds.
Thanks for reading.
About the author:
Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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