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Businesses Struggle with E-Commerce Demand

September 15, 2022
E-commerce growth has soared since the onset of COVID-19, surpassing FTI Consulting’s pre-pandemic 2025 sales figures projections. It is on course to reach $1 trillion in 2022 for the first time ever. Analysts predict e-commerce retail to grow at a 10% compound annual growth rate through 2027, and exceed $2 trillion by 2030, which will…

Amazon Announces New Surcharge to Cope with Rising Costs

May 6, 2022
Due to rising costs tied to inflation, the war in Ukraine, and the ongoing pandemic, Amazon announced that it will be adding a 5% surcharge for all US-based third-party sellers who use Amazon Fulfillment Centers to store, pack, and ship products. The surcharge is scheduled to go into effect on April 28. Approximately 89 percent…

Amazon Continues to Expand Same-Day Delivery Services

April 15, 2022
In March 2022, Amazon announced the latest expansion of their “mini-fulfillment centers” to Boston, which allow for same-day delivery to Prime customers within the Greater Boston Area. This service is now available in 27 cities across the country. Same-day delivery allow orders to arrive within hours of purchase. Orders placed as late as midnight arrive…

Advertising Costs On the Rise

March 14, 2022
Across Amazon, sellers and consumers alike are being hit with substantial price increases in Prime membership fees, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) expenses, and Amazon advertising costs. Extenuating circumstances continue to affect Amazon FBA rates. Namely, a dramatic increase in sellers on Amazon has led to supply chain bottlenecks, labor shortages, wage increases, logistical nightmares, warehousing…

Amazon Increases Annual Fee for Prime Membership – February 2022

February 24, 2022
On February 3, 2022, Amazon announced that the company will increase the annual price of Prime membership in the U.S. from $119 to $139 – representing a 17% increase. This price hike is the first to hit since 2018 and is meant to offset inflation, rising wages and transportation costs. Annual membership prices are rising…

ZQUARED’s Year in Review 2021

December 20, 2021
Since our inception, ZQUARED has experienced exponential client and revenue growth due to our knowledge of all things Amazon. Our Brand Partners trust us, and the numbers show it! From 2018 to 2021, ZQUARED has more than doubled their revenue from $30mm to upward of $60mm annually. Our company growth can be attributed to our…

The Amazon Buy Box

August 27, 2021
In today’s competitive Amazon marketplace, having a solid understanding of the Amazon Buy Box is critical. Over time, your ability to “own” the Buy Box can be the difference in thousands of dollars of sales. What is the Amazon Buy Box? The Buy Box is the “box” on a product detail page where customers can begin the…

What The EPA’s Threats Against Amazon Could Mean for Your Brand

August 14, 2021
When Amazon places restrictions on a listing – or on an entire category – sellers rightfully get nervous. If that category is loosely defined, the restrictions can spill over into non-offending products and accounts. The result can go beyond lost sales for legitimate sellers. It can mean weeks or months spent trying to correct a mistaken…

Amazon Prime Day 2021

May 23, 2021
Prime Day is quickly approaching, and you’re invited to participate! Amazon Prime Day 2020 marked the two biggest days ever for small and medium businesses in Amazon’s stores worldwide. Independent third-party sellers — most of which are small and medium-sized businesses — surpassed $3.5 billion in sales on Prime Day — a nearly 60% increase…

UPDATE: New Amazon Requirements for Nutritional Supplement Companies

April 27, 2021
Are you a nutritional or dietary supplement company who sells your product on Amazon? ZQUARED is helping you stay ahead of the game. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective on May 3, 2021, you will need to submit documents to obtain approval to list the affected products. If you do not obtain approval to sell these products prior…

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