- Lena R. Liberman
- On October 13, 2017
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Tax Amnesty Extended:
Before we get into the news nuggets, let’s get the biggie out of the way: On October 11, the Multi-State Tax Commission extended the Sales Tax Amnesty period to November 1. So if you haven’t filed your forms yet, there’s still time. You can also catch up on the whole saga and you can make informed decisions with our archive of blog posts about taxes, including the amnesty. This is a complicated issue and one that is likely to rear its head again and in many different ways over the next few years. And speaking of exactly that…
The Amazon Tax Drama Continues
- Amazon’s Sales Tax Fight Is Heating Up as States Crack Down
- Luxembourg Could Appeal Against the EU’s $294 Million Amazon Tax Bill
Counterfeits and Luxury Goods on Amazon
Remember in the mid-’80s when the Swatch Watch was the affordable Swiss timepiece for and of the people, and what it lacked in luxury, it made up for in bold style? Swatch has since reinvented itself multiple times, and in this case, it’s the luxury identity that’s got it at loggerheads with Amazon. “A potential deal between Swiss watch company Swatch and e-commerce giant Amazon has stalled after discussions over policing counterfeits on the marketplace reached a stalemate.” Read more in Amazon Refuses Anti-Counterfeit Measures in Swatch Deal. The issue is far from limited to Swatch or timepieces or jewelry or Louis Vuitton handbags. Amazon’s Problem Attracting Luxury Goods is a bigger trouble spot wherein “high-end brands are giving Amazon some pushback on its policies about counterfeits and unauthorized sellers, leaving Amazon sales devoid of some luxury products, the WSJ reports.”
Seller Flex Developments Create More Questions Than Answers
In last week’s In Case You Missed It, the big story was that of Amazon testing its own delivery service to rival FedEx and UPS and the new program known as Seller Flex. This week saw interesting questions raised about some possible scenarios and their implications.
- Amazon Wants Access to Your Warehouse?
- What Does All the Noise Around Amazon’s ‘Seller Flex’ Program Mean?
Amazon Considers Younger Shoppers to Be a Prime Target
There were two big developments (one a little terrifying) to the Amazon Prime program this week, both having to do with the inclusion of younger shoppers. I can only assume that Amazon is reaching out to college-age students and the even-younger crowd as everyone else already has Amazon Prime.
- Amazon Enables Teens to Shop Using Parent’s Prime (What could go wrong?)
- Amazon Launches $5.49 Monthly Prime Student Subscription in the U.S.
There’s a new Amazon elephant in the room and it takes the form of chatter about Amazon expanding beyond on-site ads and into a larger network platform to rival that of Google. Earlier this week, I imagined what that might mean in “Yes, Extend to the Amazon Ad Network—What It Means for Sellers.” The cross-marketing ad potential resulting from Amazon’s substantial multi-industry holdings is mind-boggling.
There was plenty more news this week about advertising and all signs point to something big coming soon given Amazon’s ambition and the spectacular growth already seen.
- Amazon to Surge More Than 25% as Internet Giant Disrupts Ad Business
- 63% of Amazon Advertisers Plan to Spend Even More Over the Next Year
- Report: Amazon Meets with Advertising Insiders for More Direct Strike at YouTube
- How Clorox Grew Its eCommerce Business 50 Percent (Spoiler Alert: It’s Sponsored Products. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a giant like Clorox to work ad campaigns that crush the competition. Try it for yourself with a free 30-day trial of our Ignite Sponsored Products campaign management tool.)
- Alibaba Tops Amazon to Become the Biggest E-Commerce Company
- Amazon’s Grocery and Personal Care Sales Soar 80% in Key Markets
- Google Is Essentially Building an Anti-Amazon Alliance, and Target Is the Latest to Join
- Amazon Hiring 120k Holiday Workers in U.S. in 2017 — Same as Last Year, for First Time in Many Years
- Walmart Says Its Online Sales Will Explode Next Year Amid War With Amazon
- Amazon Is Exploring Ways to Deliver Items to Your Car Trunk and the Inside of Your Home
- Amazon Is Not a Retail Company — at Least Not Anymore