17 Things You Will Learn at MonCon WEST

17 Things You Will Learn at MonCon WEST 2012The final countdown to the Monsoon Commerce Customer Conference is on.

To give you an idea of what online merchants, multi-channel retailers, and marketplace sellers will get out of attending MonCon WEST in Portland, OR, we’ve compiled a countdown of a few Continue reading

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The New Google Shopping – Four Key Steps to Drive Results

Greetings from Alibris, the retail arm of Monsoon Commerce. We’ve been hard at work preparing for the onboarding of the new Google Shopping, including attending a ‘Shopping Summit’ at the Google headquarters. Folks from the Google Shopping product team  were offering guidance and insight on how to optimize your program to generate maximum revenue and ROAS.  I’ve also been reading quite a bit on the new-and-improved Google program from some of my favorite content sites such as Internet Retailer. From these sources I’ve compiled the top steps needed to get you successfully listed and driving revenue on the new Google Shopping platform: Continue reading

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Are you ready for the holiday rush?

Webinar: Nine tips to streamline your business in time for the holidays

Are you an online seller who is already stretched thin? What happens when the holiday rush hits? Can you manage the increased sales volume?  Do you have funding to handle the crush of the holiday shipping season?

Join us for a webinar on August 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST to learn the Nine Tips to Streamline Your Business in Time for the Holidays. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Continue reading

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Introducing Stone Edge 2012

As opportunities have grown for multi-channel merchants, so have operational complexities. For many merchants, fulfilling orders, increasing inventory turns, minimizing out-of-stocks, maximizing customer service and improving overall business performance proves to be extremely frustrating.  Software solutions can provide the tools to ease these burdens, but quite frequently many systems are challenging to implement, difficult to learn, impossible to use and problematic  to support – all at price points that frequently cause sticker shock in an era of limited resources and budgets. Continue reading

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Significant Amazon API Changes Looming

Impact to Sellers may be Significant. Are you Prepared?

As mentioned in a previous post back in February, Amazon’s Product Advertising API (PA-API) will be deprecated next month, along with a couple of Amazon’s original APIs, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Amazon Inventory Management (AIM) APIs. These APIs will be replaced by Amazon Marketplace Web Service (MWS). PA-API has been the primary data source for product and pricing information on Amazon.com for the past 10 years. By leveraging the PA-API price data in marketplace selling tools, merchants have relied on repricing rules to ensure items are competitively priced. Justifiably so, many merchants are expressing concern that the new API will effectively “break” re-pricing come the end of next month. If true, this would be a huge blow to many e-commerce businesses. I would like to address those concerns and clarify the potential impact the new MWS API will have on merchants. Continue reading

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: The ongoing evolution of books and media

BEA conference recap

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the BookExpo America (BEA), an enormous publishing trade show hosted at the Jacob Javitz Center  in NYC. Monsoon Commerce has been involved with BEA—and the media community—for many years through our retail arm, Alibris, and via the many media e-commerce merchants that use Monsoon Pro, Edge, and Connect to optimize sales on Amazon, eBay, and other marketplaces. Certainly there is no shortage of change within the industry, and the conference was filled with discussion and debate on the direction and evolution of books and media.  A couple of common themes persisted through the show: Continue reading

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E-commerce Speakers Bring Serious “Cred” to MonCon EAST

MonCon EAST Mission PossibleMission Status: SUCCESSFUL

Almost 250 Monsoon Commerce customers, prospects, and partners traveled to Philadelphia last month for MonCon EAST 2012.  This year, MonCon EAST combined the Monsoon and Stone Edge customer conferences to create an expanded event for online merchants, multi-channel retailers, and marketplace sellers.  The purpose: Continue reading

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Questions and Answers About Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)

Fulfillment by Amazon – How It WorksI recently had the pleasure of partnering with Multichannel Merchant on a webinar to help online merchants understand the benefits of using Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA).  Given the benefits FBA offers merchants—including access to one of the most advanced global fulfillment networks available—it is becoming an increasingly important element Continue reading

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Meet the MonCon EAST sponsors

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MonCon EAST is quickly approaching (T-minus two weeks and counting), and the team is working hard behind the scenes to make this an outstanding event for online merchants, multi-channel retailers, and marketplace sellers. But we could not have put this event together without the generous support Continue reading

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Great start to 2012 for e-commerce

2012 got off to a great start for internet commerce, with terrific Q1 performance all around and substantial gains posted by our marketplace partners, including Amazon and eBayContinue reading

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