eBay Suppliers

I was wondering what other suppliers I can use besides Aliexpress for eBay?

I have been using them but I do not like the wait times. I also don’t want to use someone like Amazon, Walmart, etc. Because I don’t want to get suspended. I would also like to eventually make my own brand on my own website. That way I can always be online if something bad were to happen to the other platforms.

I want to start getting legit is basically what I am saying.

Who else can I use or how can I find other suppliers that are compliant with eBay policies about suppliers?

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‘Half of online shoppers buy cross-border’

Because of the pandemic, more and more consumers find their way to online stores. It's encouraged consumers to buy from retailers they'd never ordered from before, which has made cross-border shopping grow exponentially. Can retailers take advantage from this during the holidays?


Should Merchants Launch Their Own Marketplaces?

For manufacturers, distributors, and enterprise retailers, owning a marketplace could be a competitive advantage and a key to business growth.

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Why would my Facebook be rejected before adding a product?

So I'm trying to make my Facebook store and list products, but I got these messages:

After a requested review of this commerce account, we confirmed that it doesn't comply with our Commerce Eligibility Requirements, so your shop isn't visible to potential customers.

There's also this:

"If you believe your shop should be published, you can see details and request a review in Account Quality."

However, I may have done this already and it got rejected. After reading the guideline, maybe it's because you're supposed to list a product before it is all reviewed? Could that be the reason? If so, how do I get another review from them? Is there any way to contact their support team?

If not, what reason could there be for this?

Thanks for any help.

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Drastic fall of traffic?

Hi, I use Google ads, well, for my ads and I used to make 80-100 views a day and now I barely make 20… Did I already reach the end of the people interested in my niche? What could've happened?

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September 2021 Top 10: Our Most Popular Posts

Since 2005 we’ve published thousands of articles, webinars, and podcast episodes to assist ecommerce merchants. What follows are the most popular articles that we published in September 2021. Articles from early in the month are more likely to make the list than later ones.

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What do you need to nail from the beginning?

Hey Folks,

Hope you're all doing well.

I'm launching my first E-com brand at the moment, landing page is live next week, and the full website by mid-October. Our first product will be shipping to customers on 5th November.

In preparation for a successful launch and then ongoing success, which parts of your biz do you need to absolutely nail from the beginning? Of course cash flow etc, but in terms of customer experience.

What platforms or techniques do you use for customer service, for reviews and any other critical building blocks?


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Tiger Global backs India’s OfBusiness at $3 billion valuation

OfBusiness, a commerce startup that sells industrial goods and provides small businesses with credit, has doubled its valuation in less than two months to $3 billion.

Tiger Global led the six year-old startup’s $207 million Series F round, and SoftBank and Alpha Wave participated in it, OfBusiness said. The new investment comes just two months after SoftBank led a $160 million round in OfBusiness at a $1.5 billion valuation.

Thursday’s announcement is the third financing round for OfBusiness this year. The startup, whose business has grown multiple folds this year, was valued at $800 million in April this year.

OfBusiness operates as a raw material aggregator and procurement finance provider. The startup works with banks to offer credit lines to small and medium enterprises that have an annual turnover of over $3 million.

The platform collects data on user activity that it relies on to underwrite loans to businesses that are using the OfBusiness platform for sourcing raw material and tenders. “This enables us to move from collateral based loans to cash-flow/ transaction-based lending – a key differentiator to banks,” the startup’s co-founder and chief executive Asish Mohapatra told Bernstein analysts last year.

“The SMEs pay interest on their working capital loan (issued in form of card limits), and a margin on the raw material procured. Bid-Assist platform is a repository for SMEs to look up tenders suitable for their business. The tender sourcing and raw material margin provide better monetization and more importantly, predictive data useful for underwriting.”

The startup's revenue run-rate is over $1 billion, and it's profitable. By July this year, its loan book size had increased to $220 million.

“We provide credit lines, akin to cash-credit/ overdraft. Borrowers pay interest only on the limits drawn and are required to procure raw material from the platform. This provides us with a view on end-use of the loan and data for fresh underwriting and monitoring. Borrowers using leverage for inventory are better than those using loans to pay off old loans.”

The startup plans to deploy the fresh funds to expand its operations in India. OfBusiness is also eyeing merger and acquisitions opportunities, the startup said.

OfBusiness is Tiger Global's latest investment in India. The New York-headquartered firm has backed nearly two dozen startups in the country this year, including ApnaBharatPe, Gupshup, DealShare, Classplus, Urban Company, CoinSwitch Kuber and Groww.


Ecommerce Awards 2021 winners revealed

Yesterday, the Ecommerce Awards 2021 were handed out. The award show was a part of the Ecommerce Expo, and took place virtually due to coronavirus regulations. A total of 21 different ecommerce players won awards.


Spudsy bags $3.3M to turn ‘ugly’ sweet potatoes into snacks

Spudsy, a brand that upcycles imperfect sweet potatoes and turns them into plant-based snacks, announced Thursday that it raised $3.3 million in Series A funding in a round led by KarpReilly and Stage 1 Fund.

With the new funding, the company has raised a total of $6.5 million since the company was founded three years ago, Ashley Rogers, Spudsy founder and CEO told TechCrunch.

“Being a young brand, we don’t know everything, and these investors have a portfolio of food and beverage companies and have been doing this forever,” she said. “Their expertise and guidance has provided us checks and balances and connected us with Amazon and direct-to-consumer agencies.”

Rogers has been in the food industry for the past seven years and had founded another brand called Buff Bake, a protein cookie.

She sold her share of the company to her business partners and started Spudsy when she saw a white space in the market for a brand that focused on sweet potatoes to compete against others that were making snacks from other vegetables.

“We started with puff snacks — they were on trend and [we] saw no one else doing it,” she added.

In addition to the puff, which comes in five flavors, Spudsy launched a sweet potato “fry,” similar to a straw, in four flavors over the past year.

Spudsy claims that 150 million pounds of sweet potatoes end up in landfills due to minor imperfections like shape, size and color. The brand is currently working with a farm in South Carolina to use the potatoes left in the field and is on track to save 1 million of these so-called flawed sweet potatoes by the end of 2021, Rogers said.

Starting in the salted snack aisle made the most sense for the company. Salty snacks is one of the top-selling items in the snack category, accounting for $27 billion in sales in the United States in 2017, according to Statista. Rogers estimates that this has grown in the past four years to be between $30 and $36 billion.

However, her vision for the company is to “become a platform brand and live in different areas of the grocery store,” including frozen foods, bread, tortilla and any other carb. Spudsy products are already in Whole Foods, Kroger and Sam’s Club.

The company built out much of its executive suite last year and will focus some of the new capital to hiring, but most of it will go to supporting the “ton of national retailer” inquiries Spudsy is receiving and investing in store demonstrations.

Having launched the fries product line two months ago, most of the company’s focus is there for now, but Rogers is also looking at direct-to-consumer and Amazon sales.

“We have dabbled in DTC, but not focused on and plan to get that working next year,” she added.