THE STATE OF THE AMAZON MARKETPLACE 2018

 
 
THE STATE OF THE AMAZON MARKETPLACE 2018
THE STATE OF THE AMAZON
MARKETPLACE 2018

A REPORT BASED ON A SURVEY OF
1,200 AMAZON SELLERS
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                                                                         We know that it can be complicated to run a successful business on
                                                                         Amazon. At Feedvisor, we are intimately familiar with the cadence
                                                                         of Amazon’s algorithm and use the data that we compile to help
                                                                         sellers make smarter decisions to improve their businesses in real
                                                                         time.

                                                                         “The State of the Amazon Marketplace” reveals pain points, plans for
                                                                         the future, strategies, and growth figures of over 1,200 Professional
                                                                         sellers in an effort to help you evaluate your performance and keep
                                                                         tabs on how Amazon is evolving over time.*

                                                                         We hope that you will extract the insights that mean the most
                                                                         for your business and use this resource as a reference point for
INTRODUCTION                                                             achieving your 2018 goals.



With an 8% increase in competition on Amazon from last year,
we can interpret that more sellers are changing their prices more                          Dani Nadel
frequently, researching and scouting for new products more                                 CMO & General Manager, Feedvisor
efficiently, optimizing their marketing strategy to more closely align
with their business goals, and automating business processes in
order to focus on increasing profitability.

With Amazon expected to continue its relentless growth, it
is important for third-party sellers to keep their finger on the
e-commerce leader’s pulse. However, it is even more important for
them to understand the habits and priorities of the other sellers
that they cohabitate with on Amazon’s marketplace. This will grant
sellers visibility into their performance, identify where they have
room for development and improvement, and uncover tools and
practices that other sellers are utilizing in order to operate and
                                                                         *Numbers may have been rounded up to the nearest percent. The survey
perform at scale.
                                                                         was distributed to the same database as 2017.




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SELLERS SCALE TEAMS TO MEET DEMAND
AND FUEL GROWTH


Last year, 84% of Amazon businesses that were surveyed employed
one to five people. However, that number dropped ten percent
to 74% this year and the number of businesses with 50 or more
employees increased by 5%.

This means that with increasing distribution demands and sales
thresholds to hit, high-volume Amazon operations are realizing that
they need to hire more employees to keep up with their business
pace.




NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

More than 100
                                                                 4%

51-100
                                                                 3%

11-50
                                                                 10%

6-10
                                                                 10%

1-5
                                                                 73%


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AMAZON SELLERS ARE IN EVERY STATE, WITH
HEAVY CONCENTRATION IN CERTAIN AREAS



In the United States, California remains the top state for Amazon
sellers, where 13% of survey respondents are based. However,
sellers are not confined to one specific region of the country. Other
top locations include Florida, New York, Texas, and New Jersey.

Additionally, nearly one-fifth of Amazon sellers that were surveyed
are located outside of the U.S., revealing the true global nature of
the marketplace.



SELLERS’ LOCATION BY STATE                                                                                          SUCCESSFUL SELLERS HAVE GLOBAL AMBITIONS

                                                                                                 VT
          WA                                                                                    0.2%       ME
         2.8%                MT           ND                                                              0.6%
                             0%          0.1%        MN                                                      NH     Nearly 37% of surveyed retailers are currently selling outside of the
       OR                                           1.7%           WI                            NY         0.6%
      1.3%           ID                   SD
                                         0.2%
                                                                  1.3%        MI                5.7%
                                                                                                              MA
                                                                                                                    U.S. In addition to this, another 26% plan to expand outside of the
                    0.5%      WY                                             1.9%
                             0.4%                        IA
                                                                                          PA              CT 1.0%   U.S. in 2018, revealing that online sellers are making it a priority to
                                           NE                                            2.2%            0.6%
                                                        0.6%                      OH
              NV                                                        IL                                    NJ
             1.2%      UT
                                          0.5%                              IN 2.3%
                                                                      2.0% 1.4%       WV                     3.4%   increase their businesses’ presence and visibility on a large scale.
                                   CO                      MO                        0.2% VA               DE
                      1.4%        2.5%       KS                                 KY        1.3%            0.8%
      CA                                                   1.5%
     13.1%                                  0.7%                               0.7%                     MD
                                                                                            NC
                                                  OK
                                                                             TN            2.0%        1.7%         Outside of the United States, the U.S. hosts a large Amazon seller
                      AZ                                    AR              1.3%         SC
                     3.0%
                                   NM
                                  0.2%
                                                 0.6%      0.6%
                                                                                     GA 0.4%                        base and is where 24% of respondents are selling from. The runner-
                                                                       MS     AL    3.0%
                                            TX
                                                                      0.1%   0.9%                                   up is Canada, which is where 7% of the respondents’ companies
                                                                LA
                                           5.1%                0.3%                                                 are based.
                                                                                         FL
                                                                                        6.7%




       19% of seller respondents are located outside of the U.S.


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AMAZON’S E-COMMERCE DOMINANCE
CONTINUES TO GROW


Last year, $178 billion of revenue went through amazon.com alone,
making it the largest e-retailer in the United States, responsible for
more than half of e-commerce growth.*

Once again, nearly 50% of our respondents sell almost exclusively
with Amazon, with revenue from the massive e-commerce
marketplace accounting for 81-100% of their sales.




PERCENTAGE OF E-COMMERCE REVENUE FROM
AMAZON SALES

81%-100%
                                                                 47%

61%-80%
                                                                 13%

41%-60%
                                                                 10%

21%-40%
                                                                 12%

1%-20%
                                                                 18%

                                                                         *Source: CNBC

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                                                                          OTHER MARKETPLACES USED BY AMAZON SELLERS



                                                                                                                             52%


                                                                          My Own Website                                     34%


                                                                                                                             17%


                                                                                                                             17%


EBAY LOSING GROUND AS TOP CONTENDER                                       Brick-and-Mortar                                   10%
                                                                          Store
BEHIND AMAZON
                                                                                                                              8%


While Amazon remains the leading marketplace for third-party                                                                  5%
sellers as it tackles uncharted growth territory, eBay has lost notable
ground over the last year. 52% of surveyed Amazon merchants are
also selling on eBay in 2018, which is down from 65% in 2017.                                                                 4%

Interestingly enough, over that same time period, Walmart and
                                                                                                                              4%
Jet’s combined share has grown from 17% to 25% and aligns with
Walmart’s renewed investment in e-commerce and consumer
preferences.                                                                                                                  4%

Lastly, respondents that sell on their own website in addition
to Amazon decreased from 39% in 2017 to 35% in 2018. This                                                                     3%
suggests that sellers are becoming increasingly Amazon-centric
and shifting away from their personal online storefronts because
                                                                                                                              2%
they simply cannot hold a candle to Amazon and the profitability
they experience on the marketplace.
                                                                          No Other                                           20%
                                                                          Channels


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                                                                      OTHER MARKETPLACES SELLERS PLAN TO EXPAND
                                                                      TO IN 2018



                                                                                                                         36%


                                                                                                                         27%


                                                                                                                         26%


                                                                      My Own Website                                     25%


                                                                                                                         24%


                                                                                                                           9%
SELLERS ARE EAGER TO EXPERIMENT ON
WALMART.COM                                                           Brick-and-Mortar                                     7%
                                                                      Store


                                                                                                                           7%
With their efficient distribution network and vast brick-and-mortar
geographical footprint, Walmart has made exceptional strides since
2017. The company has established even more of a presence than                                                             6%
last year, with 36% of seller respondents planning to sell through
this channel in 2018 versus 29% in 2017.
                                                                                                                           6%

Additionally, respondents plan to expand to channels outside of
Amazon, such as eBay, Shopify, and their own websites.                                                                     5%


                                                                                                                           3%




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                                                                      SELLERS’ MAIN CATEGORY ON AMAZON


                                                                        Home & Kitchen                                          18%

                                                                              Health &
                                                                         Personal Care
                                                                                                               9%

                                                                             Clothing &
                                                                                                               9%
                                                                            Accessories

                                                                        Books & Movies                        8%

                                                                         Toys & Games                     7%

                                                                               Sports &
                                                                              Outdoors
                                                                                                         6%

                                                                             Electronics                 6%

                                                                                 Beauty             4%
HOME AND KITCHEN REIGNS AS TOP                                              Grocery &
                                                                         Gourmet Food               4%
PRODUCT CATEGORY                                                         Tools & Home
                                                                          Improvement
                                                                                                    4%

                                                                           Pet Supplies            3%
There is practically no limit to what can be sold on Amazon’s
                                                                        Office Products            3%
marketplace today – there are even certain flammable or toxic
items that are approved for FBA in limited quantities.                    Patio, Lawn &
                                                                                Garden        2%
However, Home & Kitchen items (bedding, bath, furniture, wall
                                                                            Automotive        2%
decor, cleaning supplies, storage and organization, and more) are
the most popular items for survey respondents to sell, with nearly        Arts, Crafts, &
                                                                                 Sewing       2%
one-fifth of them actively selling in that category.
                                                                                  Baby
                                                                               Products     1%
The Health & Personal Care and Clothing & Accessories categories
inched up to tie for the second place position, closely followed by             Jewelry     1%
the Books & Movies category, with nearly 9% of sellers engaging in
                                                                         Cell Phones &
each category.                                                            Accessories
                                                                                            0.7%

                                                                                  Other                       8%


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SELLERS BUILD MOMENTUM IN THE
MARKETPLACE


Based on our survey, sellers have become more profitable on
Amazon. These merchants take a risk by joining the constantly
changing marketplace and — although confronted by sales lifts and
drops, inventory challenges, and competition — are finding success
amidst the noise.

The ratio of sellers with annual business revenue higher than $250K
                                                                       SELLERS’ ANNUAL REVENUE
has increased. Last year, this category included 28% of merchants
and increased to 40% this year, while only 60% of sellers were below
                                                                       $10M+
the $250K threshold versus 72% in 2017. All of this information
                                                                                                               3%
reveals that high-volume businesses are rapidly expanding.
                                                                       $6M-$10M
Specifically, the number of lucrative, million dollar sellers has
                                                                                                               1%
skyrocketed, with Amazon sellers over $1 million gaining 9% of
growth versus last year. The number of multimillion-dollar sellers
                                                                       $2M-$6M
also increased from last year, moving from 1% of sellers in 2017                                               7%
to 3% in 2018, revealing that these power sellers have established
strategies, tactics, and business processes that have allowed them     $1M-$2M
to increase their profits and maintain that growth as they scale and                                           8%
move forward.
                                                                       $500K-$1M
                                                                                                               9%

                                                                       $250K-$500K
                                                                                                             12%

                                                                       Below $250K
                                                                                                             60%


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                                                                        FBA PROFIT MARGIN


                                                                        Below 0%
                                                                                        7%
                                                                                2%

                                                                        0-5%
                                                                                                    12%
                                                                                      6%

                                                                        6-10%
                                                                                                          15%
                                                                                             10%

GREATER PROFIT POTENTIAL EXISTS WITH                                    11-20%

FULFILLMENT BY AMAZON                                                                                           18%
                                                                                                                               25%

                                                                        21-30%
For any profit margin above 11%, seller respondents that are over                                                              25%
60% Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) always edge out sellers that are                                                                            30%
majority Fulfillment by Merchant (FBM).
                                                                        31-50%
For example, nearly one-third of sellers who sold at least 60% of
                                                                                                            17%
their inventory via FBA saw a 21-30% profit margin, compared
                                                                                                                  20%
to 25% of sellers who sold more product on their own via FBM.
Additionally, one-fifth of FBA-dominant sellers are experiencing a
                                                                        Over 50%
31-50% profit margin.
                                                                                        7%
Understanding the profit and potential of your product catalog                             8%
is critical to e-commerce growth and sustainability. It also helps
sellers decide where to invest their resources, roll back prices, and
increase advertising spend.

                                                                           Sellers with 0-59% FBA                     Sellers with 60-100% FBA



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INTEREST IN PRIVATE LABEL E-COMMERCE                                             SELLERS ARE HESITANT TO EXPAND THEIR
IS GROWING                                                                       MAP-BASED INVENTORY


Amazon is now selling more than 70 of its own private label brands,              For 20% of survey respondents, less than 20% of their catalog are items
with the biggest push coming in the clothing, shoes, and jewelry                 subject to MAP, or Minimum Advertised Price. This is the lowest price
categories. With the rapid expansion of the e-commerce giant, sellers            that a retailer can advertise the product for sale.
have observed that private labels are immensely popular amongst
millennials who mainly care about two aspects of an item: its quality            Given there are penalties for advertising below MAP, and the
and its price. Retailers and brands alike are responding by creating             manufacturer can pull their products from a seller’s store and prevent
their own private label brands.                                                  them from selling those items again, sellers are hesitant to expand into
                                                                                 full catalogs that are subject to MAP.
Last year, 68% of seller respondents did not make any revenue with
private label brands. This year, that number dropped to 44% of
sellers. With that, we are seeing a dramatic increase in private label
                                                                                 PERCENTAGE OF SKUS SUBJECT TO MAP
selling amongst Amazon sellers year over year. Our data also shows
that adding private labels to their product mix is the second highest
                                                                                 Over 95%
priority business goal for sellers in 2018, with 38% of sellers selecting                                                                             10%
it as an initiative.
                                                                                 81-95%
                                                                                                                                                       4%
PERCENTAGE OF SELLERS’ REVENUE FROM PRIVATE LABEL
                                                                                 61-80%
                                                                                                                                                       5%

                                                                                 41-60%
                                                    Over 80% Revenue from                                                                              8%
                                                    Private Label
      30%                                                                        21-40%
                       44%                                                                                                                             8%
                                                    1-79%
                                                    Revenue from Private Label   1-20%
                                                                                                                                                      20%
                                                    Don’t Sell Private Label
           26%                                                                   0%
                                                                                                                                                      46%



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SELLER-FULFILLED PRIME IS A VAST
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY


With an estimated 100 million Amazon Prime subscribers today, sellers
are eager to gain access to this extensive audience as they are more
than twice as likely to shop online daily than non-Prime customers.

Currently, one-third of all surveyed sellers are utilizing Seller-Fulfilled
Prime in some form. We expect to see this number increase over the
next year as more sellers decide they want to reap the benefits of
attracting more Prime customers.



PERCENTAGE OF SELLERS’ SKUS SOLD AS SFP




          23%                                                    0%


                                                                 1-59%
     9%                     68%

                                                                 Over 60%




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                                                                          SELLERS’ BIGGEST CONCERNS


                                                                          Amazon Competing With Me
                                                                                                                                           38%
                                                                          Marketplace Fees
                                                                                                                                           33%
                                                                          Negative Feedback/Reviews From Customers
                                                                                                                                           32%
                                                                          High Storage Fees
                                                                                                                                           28%
                                                                          Amazon Taking Away My Seller Privileges
                                                                                                                                           24%
                                                                          Other Sellers Selling My Items
                                                                                                                                           22%
DIRECT COMPETITION WITH AMAZON IS A                                       Refunds
PROMINENT CONCERN                                                                                                                          19%
                                                                          ASIN Hijacking
                                                                                                                                           19%
                                                                          Complicated Fees
Last year, Amazon sellers’ greatest concern was getting their seller
                                                                                                                                           19%
privileges revoked. However, that concern decreased amongst sellers
that responded by 28% versus last year.                                   Difficulty Understanding How Much Money I’m Making
                                                                                                                                           15%
Taking its place as the top concern amongst sellers (40% of respondents
                                                                          Difficulty Understanding Amazon Reports
agreed) is competing with the industry-leading behemoth, Amazon,
                                                                                                                                           14%
on its marketplace. Competition with Amazon is fierce for both the Buy
                                                                          Gated Items
Box and private label.
                                                                                                                                           13%
This concern was followed closely by marketplace fees, negative           Negative Feedback/Reviews From Sellers
feedback and reviews from customers, and high storage fees.                                                                                11%
                                                                          Violating MAP
                                                                                                                                             9%




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                                                                                                           Surveyed merchants with sales over $2 million are more likely
SELLERS ARE LOOKING TO PROVIDE
                                                                                                           to choose their products based on what is popular in a specific
DIFFERENTIATION THROUGH SCOUTING                                                                           marketplace, by analyzing market trends, and what their competitors
                                                                                                           are selling.

                                                                                                           On the other hand, merchants selling below $250K are more likely
As expected, how sellers research and scout for new products varies
                                                                                                           to look for items that are cheap to buy and sell at a higher price,
greatly by their size and sales volume. The most popular response
                                                                                                           that are popular in a specific marketplace, or that are random and
amongst a nearly equal number of respondents with various sales
                                                                                                           they think will sell.
volumes is to scout by looking for unique items with little or no
competition – which allows them more room to win the elusive Buy
Box at the onset.




SELLERS’ SCOUTING METHODS BY ANNUAL SALES VOLUME

50%
45%
                       42%      41%
40%         39%              39%
35%      35%
                                                                                                                                                      34%
      32%                                             32%
30%
25%                                            24%                                                                                                  25%
                                                                         23%                                                                  22%
20%                                                       20% 20%
                                          17%                                                                      17% 18%              17%
15%                                    14%                                      14%                  15%                                                                        15%     15%
                                                                             12%                                                  12%
10%                                                                                             9%                           9%                                                       10%
                                                                                                              8%
5%                                                                                         5%
                                                                                                                                                              3% 3% 2%
0%

        I base my        I look for     I base my     I look for items   It’s random;     My distributors     Trade Shows    By estimating    By looking at   By working         By using
       decisions on    unique items     decisions     that are cheap      whatever I      source things                       market size     market trends     with a          a software
      what’s popular     with little     on which      to buy but sell   come across        for me and                                                        consultant         solution
       in a specific   competition     products my    at a high price    that I think I    suggest I sell
       marketplace                     competitors                          can sell           them
                                        are selling


                                         Sales Below $250K                      Sales Between $250K-$2M                        Sales Above $2M



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                                                                       The popularity of Amazon Sponsored Ads particularly amongst
                                                                       private label sellers is extremely evident. 92% of surveyed sellers
                                                                       that bring in over 80% of their revenue from private label rely
PRODUCT LISTINGS ARE BECOMING A
                                                                       heavily on this advertising method.
GREATER AREA OF FOCUS
                                                                       PRIVATE LABEL SELLERS’ PROMOTION METHODS

Although more than half of the survey respondents utilize Amazon       Amazon Sponsored Products
Sponsored Ads as their main advertising medium, product listings                                                                        62%
moved up to the number two spot in 2018, with 38% of sellers                                                                            81%

promoting their products through focused and succinct product          Product Listings
                                                                                                                                        37%
listings. For the survey respondents, having accurate, sharp, and                                                                       40%
attention-grabbing product copy is more important than promoting
                                                                       Social Media
their items on social media.                                                                                                            38%
                                                                                                                                        33%

SELLERS’ PROMOTION METHODS                                             AdWords and/or Search Marketing
                                                                                                                                        18%
                                                                                                                                        19%
Amazon Sponsored Products
                                                                 54%   Google Shopping
                                                                                                                                        12%
Product Listings
                                                                                                                                        13%
                                                                 38%
Social Media                                                           Display or Banner Ads
                                                                                                                                         8%
                                                                 35%
                                                                                                                                        10%
AdWords and/or Search Marketing
                                                                       A+ Content
                                                                 21%
                                                                                                                                         7%
Google Shopping                                                                                                                          9%
                                                                 14%
                                                                       Native Advertising
Display or Banner Ads                                                                                                                    5%
                                                                 10%                                                                     4%
A+ Content
                                                                       Print Advertising
                                                                  9%                                                                     6%
Print Advertising                                                                                                                        3%
                                                                  5%
                                                                       Advertising Agency
Native Advertising                                                                                                                       3%
                                                                  4%                                                                     2%
Advertising Agency
                                                                  2%        1-79% Revenue from                       Over 80% Revenue from
                                                                            Private Label                            Private Label

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                                                                                       This reveals that high-volume sellers have realized advertising is a
HIGH-VOLUME SELLERS ARE SEEING
                                                                                       focus for Amazon and learning how to effectively manage marketing
BENEFITS THROUGH ADVERTISING                                                           campaigns and promotions can prove to be extremely profitable.

                                                                                       Additionally, over half of sellers (55%) with an annual revenue of
                                                                                       under $250K spend less than $1,000 per year on advertising. Over
We asked sellers how much they spent annually on advertising. For
seller respondents with an annual revenue over $2 million, 12%                         three-fourths of sellers with an annual revenue between $250K and
spend more than $1 million annually, which is a 5% increase from                       $2 million spend less than $50K per year on advertising.
the percentage of sellers who spent over $1 million annually last
year.




SELLERS’ ADVERTISING COSTS BY ANNUAL SALES VOLUME

60%
55%                                                                                                                                        55%

50%
45%
40%
35%
30%
                                                                 26%
25%                                                                                                                      24%
                                                                                                              23%
20%                                                                                                                            20%               19%
                                                                                            18%
15%                                                                                                     14%                                            14%
                  12%                   11%                                      12%
10%                                                        9%               9%                    10%           10%
                                                                                                                                     6%
5%                                                                                     4%
                                                                       2%
          0.3% 1%                0% 0.3%              1%
0%

              $1M+               $500K-1M            $100K-500K        $50K-100K       $20K-50K          $5K-20K            $1K-5K          Below $1K


                                           Sales Below $250K           Sales Between $250K-$2M            Sales Above $2M




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                                                                                               Use of scouting software is still popular among sellers of all sizes,
SELLERS LEVERAGE SOFTWARE TO SUCCEED
                                                                                               but for the two buckets above $250K we saw large increases in
ON AMAZON                                                                                      use versus last year, which demonstrates that scouting popular
                                                                                               products that will convert rapidly is still a priority. The use of
                                                                                               repricing software increased by sellers in all three buckets,
Three-quarters of high-volume sellers (over $2 million in annual                               particularly those that sell anywhere between $250K-$2M per year,
sales) that were surveyed utilize inventory management software                                as they experienced a 15% increase versus last year.
and nearly that same number of sellers utilize order management
and shipping software, which are both being used more now than                                 Lastly, more smaller sellers are utilizing software. For the Amazon
last year. It is clear that sellers with larger-scale operations tend                          merchants who sell less than $250K per year, use of analytics
to spend more money on software to help them automate certain                                  software and assortment review software drastically increased (by
business functions.                                                                            27% and 45%, respectively). This reveals that even sellers who are
                                                                                               still finding their way on Amazon are using software to highlight
                                                                                               and draw out analytics and refine their product offering.




SELLERS’ SOFTWARE BY ANNUAL SALES VOLUME


80%                                                      75%
               72%                 72%
70%                                                                       67%                                                                                    61%
60%
                                                                                                                 53%                                    53%
50%                         50%
       46% 49%                                     49%
                                                                 44%                 46% 44%               44%
                                                                                                                                 47%
                                                                                                                                             43%
40%                            39%                                  38%
                                                                                                                                                                           31%
30%                                            24%                                                                                     36%
                                                                                                                           23%
20%
                                                                                  17%                11%
10%                                                                                                                                                                  10%
                                                                                                                                                   8%
0%

        Shipping            Order              Inventory           Finance          Listing           Repricing             Scouting          Analytics          Assortment
        Software          Management          Management         Management        Software           Software              Software          Software             Review
                           Software            Software           Software                                                                                        Software


                                         Sales Below $250K                 Sales Between $250K-$2M                     Sales Above $2M



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                                                                              WEBINARS ARE THE FAVORED RESOURCE
                                                                              FOR INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE
CATALOG EXPANSION IS THE KEY TO
DRIVING PROFITABILITY
                                                                              We asked sellers how they stay informed about the e-commerce industry.
                                                                              Webinars are still the leading source for industry knowledge, with more than
                                                                              half of the sellers surveyed choosing webinars as their top choice. Webinars
We asked Amazon merchants what they think can help increase their
                                                                              are great educational offers that appeal to customers and prospects alike
revenue on Amazon. Nearly half of the respondents answered that their
                                                                              and can double as an effective content marketing tactic.
strategy would be to sell new products. This is why sellers put such strong
emphasis on scouting – if they are the first to sell a new product, more      In 2017, blogs and Facebook tied as the second choice for industry
often than not this helps their sales performance throughout the year.        knowledge. This year, blogs and conferences tied as the runner-up,
Other sellers’ methods included optimizing their advertising budget and       revealing that maintaining a blog with fresh content and engaging with
understanding the market and their competition.                               other sellers at community-based events, conferences, and workshops
                                                                              are top of mind for sellers when it comes to best practice education and
                                                                              learning from other sellers.
SELLERS’ STRATEGIES TO INCREASE REVENUE

Selling New Products
                                                                              INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE RESOURCES
                                                                      44%

Optimizing Advertising Budget                                                 Webinars
                       13%                                                                                                                             54%
                                                                              Blogs
Understanding Market Competition                                                                                       30%
               8%
                                                                              Conferences
Optimizing Fulfillment Methods                                                                                         30%
                7%                                                            YouTube
                                                                                                                 25%
Increasing Inventory Control                                                  eBooks
              6%                                                                                               24%
Understanding Amazon Reports                                                  Networking Events
                                                                                                             22%
          4%
                                                                              Facebook
Implementing New Software                                                                                    22%
       3%                                                                     Friends
                                                                                                      16%
Receiving More Frequent Day-to-Day Alerts
                                                                              LinkedIn
       2%
                                                                                          6%
Other                                                                         Twitter
                         14%                                                             4%


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SELLERS PURSUE AMBITIOUS GOALS IN 2018


The majority of online retailers want to increase their online presence this
year. The goal of diversifying to other platforms is still number one, but this
decreased 21% versus last year, revealing that many seller respondents
are Amazon-centric and focused on perfecting their selling process on
the marketplace before broadening their scope to other e-commerce
platforms.

32% of respondents want to add private label products to their catalog
and 30% want to sell globally with Amazon. Not surprisingly, only 14%
of sellers have plans to hire more people, as many businesses focus on
keeping a lean operation and hiring temp workers during holiday and
peak seasons.



SELLERS’ PLANS FOR 2018

Diversify to Other Platforms
                                                                          38%
Add Private Label Products to My Portfolio
                                                                 32%
Sell Globally With Amazon
                                                             30%
Use Additional Fulfillment Methods
                                           21%
Launch My Own Website
                                     17%
Use New Business Software
                                15%
Hire More People
                               14%


T H E STAT E O F T H E A M A ZO N M A R K E T P L AC E 2 0 1 8                    © F E E DV I S O R
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