Amazon Cracks Down on Third-Party Apps Over Privacy Violations

3PM Solutions’ Chief Product Officer Jon Derkits was featured in a recent Wired article, offering insight into Amazon's information security as it relates to developer access to the Marketplace Web Services API: "Data privacy is a hot topic in the current sociopolitical climate, and Amazon doesn’t want to be on the bad end of that conversation,” says Jon Derkits, a former Amazon employee who is now the chief product officer at 3PM Solutions, a firm that consults with ecommerce sellers. To read the full article, go to https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-marketplace-apps-privacy/.

3PM Snacks – Wednesday, September 18

Welcome to 3PM Snacks, a mid-week (and mid-day!) rundown of what's going on in the worlds of eCommerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We hope you find it informative and easy to digest. Let's go... The Cost of Doing Business In an update of a study performed this time last year, Recode reported that 11 percent of all product views on Amazon come from sponsored listings, up 3 percentage points year-over-year. Why the increase? Amazon has increasingly dedicated more real estate on its search results pages to advertising placements. To [...]

3 ?’s Lawmakers Should Ask Amazon

By Rob Dunkel It has been a tumultuous year for Amazon. The eCommerce giant has been in the news often, and for all the wrong reasons. To list all of them would be veritable alphabet soup of criticisms: Anti-competitive practices, Bogus “Amazon’s Choice” badging, Counterfeit products, Defective third-party products, Extreme warehouse working conditions, Fake product reviews…and so on. The main focus is on Amazon’s anti-competitive practices. In addition to a formal antitrust probe by the DOJ and FTC, lawmakers have been conducting their own antitrust inquiry: Is Amazon competing with its’ third-party sellers? Is Amazon creating conditions that [...]

3PM Snacks – Wednesday, September 11

Welcome to 3PM Snacks, a mid-week (and mid-day!) rundown of what's going on in the worlds of eCommerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We hope you find it informative and easy to digest. Let's go... Amazon is Investing in Warehouses Amazon is in the midst of a BIG capital investment cycle, announcing earlier this year that it would spend $800 million to expand its fulfillment network and offer free 1-day delivery to tens of millions of Prime members. In its 2nd quarter earnings call in July, Amazon said that 1-day [...]

3PM Snacks – Wednesday, September 4

Welcome to 3PM Snacks, a mid-week (and mid-day!) rundown of what's going on in the worlds of eCommerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We hope you find it informative and easy to digest. Let's go... How to Write Amazon Product Titles That Drive Clicks TL,DR version: Be concise. Slightly longer version: Product titles are your first impression with customers. And with Amazon's search algorithm. A product title should succinctly explain what your product is not what your product does. Product titles should be less than 200 characters -- but, ideally [...]

3PM Snacks – Wednesday, August 28

Welcome to 3PM Snacks, a mid-week (and mid-day!) rundown of what's going on in the worlds of eCommerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We hope you find it informative and easy to digest. Let's go... Reviewjacking on Amazon If you didn't know by now, Amazon is filled with sketchy reviews. In fact, the problem is so bad that fake reviews fuel an entire economy. Amazon denies this, of course, touting its hefty ($400 million!) investments to "protect customers from reviews abuse, fraud, and other forms of misconduct" and highlighting all [...]

3PM Snacks – Wednesday, August 21

Welcome to 3PM Snacks, a mid-week (and mid-day!) rundown of what's going on in the worlds of eCommerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We hope you find it informative and easy to digest. Let's go... A David Vs. Goliath Story Amidst antitrust investigations by the DOJ and FTC, Amazon now faces a new threat: its own third-party sellers. Business Insider reports that third-party sellers on Amazon -- frustrated by Amazon's practice of introducing private label products that seemingly uncut popular third-party products and by Amazon's practice of suspending accounts with [...]

3PM Snacks – Wednesday, August 14

Welcome to 3PM Snacks, a mid-week (and mid-day!) rundown of what's going on in the worlds of eCommerce, big data, and artificial intelligence. We hope you find it informative and easy to digest. Let's go... Sold By Amazon: The Right Program At The Wrong Time? As first reported by CNBC, in late July, Amazon quietly launched a new program called Sold by Amazon (SBA), which lets the company control third-party product prices in exchange for a minimum payout to sellers. The new program comes at a time when Amazon’s pricing [...]

How Serious Is Amazon’s Counterfeit Problem? 3 Things To Take Away From Its Latest Lawsuit

By Jon Derkits On June 26, 2019, Amazon and Boulder-based company Nite Ize jointly filed a complaint in the US District Court in the Western District of Washington against 21 defendants for alleged selling counterfeit Nite Ize products on the Amazon marketplace. This lawsuit represents the latest in a series of anti-counterfeiting lawsuits filed by Amazon and brands, dating back to 2016. If you read between the lines, this lawsuit reveals a few troubling issues about Amazon’s counterfeit problem — notably, Amazon sometimes knows very little about third-party sellers on its marketplace, [...]

How to save money on Amazon Prime Day (without overspending)

3PM Solutions' Chief Product Officer Jon Derkits was featured in an NBC News article today, offering consumers advice on "How to save money on Amazon Prime Day (without overspending)." In the article, Jon drew on his Amazon experience managing the third-party marketplace for Amazon.ca and shared ways that consumers can protect themselves from fake products and other bad behavior by third-party sellers on Prime Day. Be wary of ‘bad actors’ and use third party extensions to gauge authenticity “There’s been plenty of media coverage lately about counterfeit products, fake customer [...]