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Guide for SMEs: how to start selling on Amazon

first_imgBoth Basic and Professional plans are subject to additional costs such as referral fees – a percentage of the total sale price based on category. For example, the referral fee for beer, wine & spirits is 10%. However, these fees have been temporarily reduced on essential supplies during the pandemic.FulfilmentBusinesses can choose to send out orders themselves. Like Megan Jones, founder of energy drink brand Xite, some sellers may plump for the Merchant Fulfilled option if they want “more control over quality and delivery”.  The next step up is the Professional Plan, which has a subscription fee of £25 a month. This plan is more suited to growing businesses as there is no limit on the number of products you can sell. The Professional account also gives sellers access to a larger number of categories. There are upwards of 20 categories that don’t require approval from Amazon, and certain categories that require approval for both Basic and Professional sellers: these include beer, wine & spirits and beauty. But there are also certain categories that are only available to Professional account holders, including grocery.  Source: Lavolio/Geoff PughLavinia Davolio, founder, LavolioSelling plan: ProfessionalFulfilment: Fulfilment by Amazon with a Prime optionWhy did you decide to start selling on Amazon? My business is now officially selling only on Amazon – all of our other channels has been affected by Covid-19. We used to have our physical shop, supply wholesale, weddings, and fulfil our own website.“Once the lockdown started, and we had to close our physical store, also our wholesale customers had to close (no more orders), and I felt that it was not safe to have my team come into work, having to use public transport and having to go to the post office. Therefore I took the decision to allow customers to buy Lavolio only on Amazon marketplace, using FBA.How did you find the process of setting up on Amazon? It does take time, and I have personally invested much time in perfecting my listings, but also in getting to know the system and making sure that my brand is protected. Lavolio has a brand page with our story and a video explaining the product, and my products have hundreds of positive reviews. These have been incredibly useful to entice a new client to try something like my confectionery without having tasted it before.How do your sales compare to your usual online sales?  I believe the pandemic is having two effects on our sales – one is that we are feeling the rally of people around small businesses, they want to help us, and we have been inundated with messages of support from our customers. Two is the fact that people during a lockdown are looking for affordable treats that feel really luxurious and my chocolate and confectionery really fit the bill.My bestselling line is a tin of nutty and chocolatey confectionery called Nutty Forest which retails at £12.50. This year we sold three times what we have sold last year in the same period for Easter. Overall, on Amazon, we are more than doubling our revenues of last year.Is this something you would continue with after the pandemic? Lavolio will hopefully be able to reopen our physical store in London once the lockdown is lifted, and reopen our own website. At the same time, we will be definitely continuing to use the Amazon marketplace as a platform to reach more customers and to sell internationally. The pandemic is likely to change customer behaviour in the longer term, and more people will continue to use the online channels that they are now using out of necessity. We see our future as a strong D2C brand selling mainly online. Guide for SMEs: how to access government support during the coronavirus crisis Another option is Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA). This allows businesses to take advantage of Amazon’s fulfilment network across the UK and internationally. It also offers a range of benefits such as wider customer reach and Prime delivery. Products will also earn the advantage of an FBA badge, which Amazon says is favoured by customers “due to the promise of superior delivery, customer service and returns”. Businesses using FBA simply send their stock to Amazon, who will then deal with storage, delivery, customer service and returns. There is no charge to start using FBA, but picking, packaging and storage fees are charged per unit based on size and weight. Q&A: what the sellers sayTwo small business owners talk us through their experience setting up and selling on Amazon during the pandemic. This is the third instalment of our free Guide for SMEs series, which aims to provide practical, actionable information for small food and drink brands. Find out how small businesses can raise funding during the coronavirus crisis here.,From pubs, restaurants and bars to gyms and cafés, many routes to market were cut off overnight when the UK lockdown was announced in March. Britain’s small businesses were hit hard by this loss, especially those that don’t yet have a presence in major grocers. To counter this, SMEs have been ramping up online delivery, with some setting up web shops for the very first time. But another option for those wanting to expand their online reach is to become an Amazon marketplace seller. It’s clearly a popular move – the online giant says it has welcomed more than 7,000 new sellers in the UK since the start of the year. But is it worthwhile? And how does it work? Here we break down the process from setup to fulfilment, and hear from some business owners who’ve done it themselves.Choosing an accountPotential marketplace sellers begin by choosing which type of account suits their needs. They can choose a Basic Selling Plan, which has no setup fee but gives Amazon a 75p per-item fee on each unit sold. The Basic account is aimed at those who plan to sell fewer than 35 items per month, so would suit small businesses testing the water on the site. Al Shariat, director, Coconut MerchantSelling plan: ProfessionalFulfilment: Fulfilment by AmazonWhen did you start selling via Amazon and why? When we started, back in late 2014, we wanted to find a way of getting to customers. The traditional route for F&B startups is to hit retailer buyers and also hit the streets. However we faced two initial challenges faced by other brands: limited resources, and that we needed to prove to buyers we had a brand following.Amazon became an avenue to achieve this. We were able to get to customers, prove our following and our position against competitors. Within months we went from zero sales to number one in our category. This is something unique as there are no gatekeepers. It’s an objectively clear platform and despite the size and budgets of our competition, we were outselling everyone and we could prove it. Online, we could be as large or bigger than F&B giants.Why did you choose your selling plan and fulfilment method? We are on the Professional plan because it gives us access to the full suite of Amazon resources. We also use FBA as our main fulfilment method. This allows us to sell across all the European marketplaces using one inventory pool, have fast delivery which is a standard in the industry, and get more sales – our sales increased by 25% when we first switched, however this now creates a 400% uplift.Let’s remember, Amazon is also one of the world’s best logistics companies – it’s always good to make the most of this to leverage towards our own sales.How did you find the process of setting up on Amazon? There is a stringent KYC process, which is understandable. We then mapped things out slowly as at the time there wasn’t as much support. I have seen recently though that Amazon have a lot of account managers for brands that are new to the platform, to help them understand the selling process. This is very good as it would potentially save people months of slow slog figuring out the ropes.How have your sales on Amazon been affected by the pandemic? Being in the Core Grocery category, our sales have picked up considerably as we are trading at four times our usual trading volumes. Having had the brand history on the platform and experience, we have been able to provide customers with a clean, consistent experience and have been working hard to maintain stock levels within the Amazon FCs. This has enabled us to provide strong support to our bricks & mortar and independent retail partners.Would you recommend selling on Amazon to SMEs struggling during coronavirus? Yes – the future of retail is omnichannel, both distribution channels need to work hand in hand. The pandemic provides an opportunity to pivot, learn and grow. Due to general restrictions, customers are looking online and so brands should look to spaces like Amazon as a method of assisting their customers. We are much larger now, but if your resources are limited, you can leverage Amazon’s logistical expertise, and the millions of users browsing their site each day to open up a new distribution channel.last_img read more

Nigeria Starts Construction of Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos

first_imgNigeria’s government has launched the construction of the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos, pledging to provide the needed support for the project.Located at the center of the Lagos Free Trade Zone, the deep sea port will feature three container berths, one dry bulk berth and three liquid berths. It would be capable of handling up to 2.7 million TEUs on an annual basis.Port developers are also expected to undertake dredging of the port channel to a depth of about 16 meters in an effort to accommodate larger ships.The USD 1.5 billion project, which is expected to be finalized in 2020, would deliver one of the largest sea ports in the region, Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, was cited as saying during the inauguration ceremony, held on March 29.The port would enable Nigeria to maintain its position as a leading maritime hub in the West Africa and Gulf of Guinea Maritime Domain.The development of Lekki Deep Sea Port has been conceptualized on the basis of a significant gap in projected demand and capacity. Market studies indicate that the demand for containers is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.9% up to 2025. The capacity shortfall for container terminal facilities in Lagos was projected to reach up to 5.5 million TEUs in 2025.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Mixed views on proposed lifejacket law

first_imgStuff.co 6 September 2013Plans to make lifejackets compulsory for kids could one day apply to everyone.Maungakiekie MP Sam Lotu-Iiga has introduced a member’s bill to Parliament that would make wearing a lifejacket compulsory for children up to 15 on boats 6 metres in length and under.The proposal only relates to youngsters up to 15 but Mr Lotu-Iiga say he expects a select committee to examine whether it should be extended to all ages.There are on average 17 recreational boating deaths a year.“Even though lifejacket wearing rates have increased markedly in recent years, many boat users still do not wear lifejackets regularly,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.“As a consequence fatalities that could have been avoided on our waters continue to occur. Analysis of boating accidents shows that capsizes and other events are often unexpected and boat users have little or no opportunity to put on their lifejackets.“I have seen this first-hand in my own electorate of Maungakiekie where a father and his 7-year-old son tragically drowned in the Manukau Harbour in May of last year.“Their dinghy capsized and sadly they were not wearing lifejackets.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/auckland-city-harbour-news/9129013/Mixed-views-on-proposed-lifejacket-lawlast_img read more

Potters ruin Sherwood’s Villa debut

first_img The winger was brought down by Ron Vlaar – who was sent off – to win it for the Potters at the death. Scott Sinclair had headed Villa in front only for Mame Biram Diouf to level just before the break. Defeat kept the hosts in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League and underlined the job Sherwood has to keep them up. He made his mark on the team by dropping Ashley Westwood and Tom Cleverley as Carlos Sanchez, Carles Gil, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Kieran Richardson, Sinclair and Brad Guzan returned. Jonathan Walters was back for Stoke after a knee problem with Asmir Begovic recalled after being rested in the FA Cup against Blackburn with Marc Wilson, Erik Pieters and Stephen Ireland available after injury. Sherwood had promised endeavour and goals in his pre-match programme notes but it was a quiet start from both sides. Neither took control of the game but Villa got the early goal Sherwood craved when Sinclair, who scored his first goal since 2012 last week, opened the scoring. Stoke wanted a foul after Sinclair and Phil Bardsley tangled from a corner but the ball fell to Fabian Delph who whipped a delightful cross in from the left for Sinclair to glance past Begovic from 12-yards. Ciaran Clark’s fine tackle denied Walters and Diouf fired straight at Guzan as Stoke responded but the teams cancelled each other out. Villa negotiated any problems without causing Stoke any of their own with Christian Benteke well marshalled by the visiting defence. If some Villa fans expected the floodgates to open after Sinclair’s fine header they were left disappointed with the spark leaving the the hosts. And the game was ambling towards half-time only for Stoke to level out of the blue seconds before the break. Walters teed up former Villa misfit Ireland and his cross was powered in by Diouf from seven yards. It was a shock to the hosts’ system and Ireland drilled over after the re-start with Villa still recovering from the late first-half blow. The disappointing Benteke remained isolated and unable to make a decisive impact while Sherwood replaced the ineffective Gil with Andreas Weimann. Combative and unflustered Stoke started to scrap Villa out of the game and, while there was little quality from either side, the visitors had the impetus. Guzan punched away Walters’ angled volley yet there was nothing to suggest either side would grab a winner. Villa lacked the skill or know-how to unlock Stoke again although Begovic tipped over Agbonlahor’s header with two minutes left. But Villa imploded in injury-time when Vlaar’s poor touch allowed Moses to steal the ball and burst into the area. Vlaar scythed the forward down, was sent off, and Moses then beat Guzan to snatch the win. Stoke dramatically spoiled Tim Sherwood’s debut as Aston Villa boss after Victor Moses’ injury-time penalty gave them a 2-1 win at Villa Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

Black Pearl blank Order and Discipline 6-0

first_img…..Uitvlugt Warriors upset Conquerors 2-1by Ras WadadaBLACK Pearl FC hammered Order and Discipline FC 6-0, while Uitvlugt Warriors upstaged home side Fruta Conquerors in yesterday’s matches of the Fruta Conquerors U-19 Academy league played at the Tucville Community ground.Double strikes by Daniel Joseph and Nicholas Jordan piloted the Sophia-based side to their 2nd win in as many appearances in Group ‘B’. Joseph netted the first two goals while Tevin Andrews scored the 3rd in the 27th minute to give Black Pearl a comfortable 3-0 half time advantage.Jordan’s brace within a 5-minute spell in the 77th and 82nd minutes ended the stout 2nd half resistance of Order and Discipline, while Oriette Andrews scored in the 90th minute to end a woeful afternoon for the losers.There was no play in the scheduled 2nd game of the triple-header as Botofago FC of Linden was a no-show against Eastville FC in Group ‘A’.The final encounter of the day resulted in the first real upset of the competition as the guests, without five of their regular starters, suffered their first defeat, going under to the West Demerara contingent.Randy Layne, in the 14th minute, gave Conquerors their only advantage of the match that lasted 50 minutes. A seventh minute double-strike by Kevin Fraser stunned the home team and steered Warriors to their first victory in the competition. Fraser’s match-winning strikes came in the 64th and 71st minutes.The 12-team U-19 competition organised and run by Fruta Conquerors will continue tomorrow at Tucvile when Santos confront Tavelle’s Academy at 17:00hrs,while Pele FC tackles Western Tigers at 19:00hrs.last_img read more

Football News WATCH – Maurizio Sarri, Kepa Arrizabalaga have big ‘misunderstanding’ in League Cup final

first_img Manchester: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insisted he has full respect for manager Maurizio Sarri after refusing to be replaced in the final stages of his side’s League Cup final loss to Manchester City on penalties. Sarri was visibly furious when Kepa refused to leave the field after needing treatment, but the Italian coach later claimed his anger was the result of a “misunderstanding”. “At no time has it been my intention to disobey the coach or any of his decisions,” Kepa wrote in a statement issued on his Twitter feed. “I think everything has been misunderstood in the heat of the final part of the match for a title. The coach thought I was not in a position to play and my intention was to express that I was in good condition to continue helping the team, while the docs that had treated me arrived at the bench to give the message. I feel the image that has been portrayed was not my intention. I have full respect for the coach and his authority.”Kepa saved Leroy Sane’s penalty in the shootout, but could have done better with Sergio Aguero’s effort that slipped under his body as City retained the trophy 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw. Sarri repeatedly gestured at Kepa to come off, then began to storm down the tunnel in rage before returning to the touchline for the final minutes of extra-time and penalties. However, speaking after the match, Sarri back-tracked as he suggested it was a communication issue that caused the problem.”In that situation there was a big misunderstanding,” Sarri said. “I understood there was a problem and we needed a change. I didn’t find out until the doctor arrived to the bench after a few minutes. It was a big misunderstanding. I understood the goalkeeper had cramp and for me he was unable to go to penalties but the problem was not cramp so he was able to go to penalties.” Manchester City had beaten Chelsea 6-0 two weeks ago.Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to stop Sergio Aguero’s penalty.Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights The controversy casts a further cloud on Sarri’s future with reports prior to the match suggesting he could be sacked if Chelsea failed to beat the English champions. “If I was in the dressing room I would expect the manager to come in and deal with it straight away,” said former Chelsea captain John Terry in his role as a TV pundit.There have been several reports that Chelsea’s players have lost faith with his methods and Kepa’s behaviour only added to that perception. The blues are languishing in sixth in the Premier League, but did put in a far more spirited display than the one that saw them thrashed 6-0 by City just two weeks ago.”After this match I have to say that I’m sure (I have the backing of the players) because they played exactly how I asked today and I am proud of my players,” insisted Sarri. “We showed to everyone we could become a very solid team. Against Manchester City is not easy so I am really very happy with my players, proud of my players.”last_img read more

Mourinho, Guardiola Clash Again as City Visit Spurs

first_imgThe pick of this weekend’s Premier League action will take place in London today as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Manchester City.Spurs are currently sixth in the Premier League table, seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea, while reigning champions City occupy second, some 22 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool.Adding extra spice to the match is the face-off between age-old rivals Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. It has certainly not been plain sailing for Mourinho since the Portuguese replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham boss in the latter stages of 2019, although the club will feel that they are very much in the argument for fourth position as things stand.A four-game winless run in the league between December 28 and January 18 saw them lose some ground on the teams around them, but the capital side picked up a huge three points at home to Norwich City on January 22.As it stands, Spurs are sixth in the Premier League table, level on points with fifth-placed Manchester United and six behind Chelsea (before the weekend), who still sit fourth despite losing eight league matches this term.Harry Kane’s absence following hamstring surgery has harmed Tottenham, and the club didn’t secure a striker on deadline day despite a host of speculation.It is a busy period of the season for Mourinho’s side as they face an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Southampton next week before travelling to Aston Villa in the league on February 16. Then comes the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash against an impressive RB Leipzig side three days later.A new striker might not have arrived this month, but Spurs announced the signing of Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven earlier this week. The 22-year-old has managed five goals and 10 assists in 16 Eredivisie appearances this season and will be involved in some capacity against City.Spurs are actually winless in their last six Premier League meetings with City, though, and have not beaten them on home soil since October 2016, which is an indication of the size of their task this weekend.What’s more, Tottenham have only claimed one point from a possible 18 this season against teams above them in the table heading into this today’s game. They have also kept just two clean sheets in 17 games under Mourinho, which will certainly hand City huge confidence heading into the match.Mourinho will surely relish the chance to lock horns with Guardiola once again, but the Portuguese will certainly be wary of the type of damage that the champions could inflict in the English capital.Unless something quite staggering occurs, City will not be retaining the Premier League title. Indeed, they sat 19 points behind leaders Liverpool on the same number of matches, meaning that only a serious collapse from Jurgen Klopp’s side will prevent them from winning the championship.City have managed to wrestle second spot away from Leicester City, though, and are two points clear of the Foxes ahead of today’s game. The Citizens have lost five Premier League games this season, however, which is an indication of their problems.The English champions have won their last five Premier League away games in North London, though, overcoming both Arsenal and Tottenham in the process. What’s more, they have triumphed in 11 of their last 12 league fixtures in London.City will actually enter this match off the back of a defeat, although the 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Wednesday night did not mean too much as they still progressed to the EFL Cup final 3-2 on aggregate.Guardiola’s side also advanced in the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Fulham last weekend, while their last Premier League match ended in a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on January 21.City have actually won four of their last five Premier League matches on the road, scoring 14 times in the victories over Burnley, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United.There is little doubting that the Citizens will be going for both domestic cups once again, while they will also be desperate to make a serious impression in the Champions League, where Real Madrid are waiting in the last-16.All City can do in the league is keep winning and hope that Liverpool somehow fall apart, and there is simply no downplaying the importance of this weekend’s eye-catching contest to both clubs.City lead the overall head-to-head 63 wins to Tottenham’s 61, while there have also been 36 draws between the two English rivals throughout history.The pair played out a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season, although City recorded a 1-0 victory when they last travelled to Spurs in the Premier League, with Mahrez scoring the game’s only goal.Tottenham have only actually won one of the last eight meetings between the two teams in all competitions, but the capital outfit managed to progress in last season’s Champions League at City’s expense.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mourinho (left) and Guardiola will renew their rivalry againlast_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Badgers dominate reigning NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth in home-opening sweep

first_imgThe No. 6 ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0) made a big statement this past weekend in front of a packed Kohl Center with two convincing victories over two-time defending national champions Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (1-3-0).It was the Badgers’ first chance to play at home this season, and they did not disappoint, winning 6–2 Friday night and 3–1 Saturday. Unsurprisingly, it was once again the young guns playing outstanding team hockey that got Wisconsin the wins.Cole Caufield got Friday’s contest started with a goal just 53 seconds in off a beautiful feed from junior forward Linus Weissbach. It was the freshman sensation’s fifth goal of the season and he’d go on to net his sixth late in the third period, which kept him at the top of the team’s leaderboard.After the early score, Wisconsin seemed to lose focus for a bit, with multiple ill-advised penalties handing Duluth two power-play goals. However, they turned it back around just a few minutes later as Weissbach poked one in on a far-side dime from No. 5 NHL Draft pick and current freshman Alex Turcotte. The goal sprung UW into a strong defensive second period, during which freshman Owen Lindmark and junior transfer Ty Pelton-Bryce turned some strong two men play into a 3-2 Badgers lead. Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin splits season-opening weekend in MassachusettsThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-1-0) had a decent outing this past weekend in Massachusetts, bringing three of a possible six points back to Read…The second and third periods were especially outstanding for sophomore goaltender Daniel Lebedeff. Lebedeff gave up five goals in each of Wisconsin’s first two matchups, but turned back 57 of 60 (95%) Bulldog attempts over the course of the weekend.Rounding out Friday night, the Badgers scored three goals in the third period, starting with junior Tarek Baker’s first of the year followed by Lindmark’s and Caufield’s second scores of the night.Saturday night promised to bring the best out of Duluth, and the Badgers answered the call. The reigning champs made a conscious effort to key in on Caufield and man down on the defensive end.Even though UMD seemed to minimize Caufield on offense, Turcotte stepped up and put one top-shelf five minutes into the second period to put the Badgers up 1–0.Just seven minutes later, Pelton-Bryce put goal number two in the back of the net on a breakaway, which ended up being all Wisconsin needed to emerge victorious. The Badgers gave one up in the last few minutes of the second, but stingy defense throughout the third period kept them in command.Wisconsin ended up getting one more on an empty-netter from Sean Dhooghe as the clock wound down, sealing a 3–1 win and a sweep of one of the most consistent teams in the country.Men’s Hockey: Wisconsin set for home-opener versus reigning champion Minnesota-DuluthThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-1-0) will get its first chance to play in the Kohl Read…The two outstanding performances boosted Wisconsin 11 spots up the national ranking from No. 17 to No. 6, and has the whole country on the lookout for the young Badgers.Wisconsin will stay at home for a weekend series with the Clarkson Golden Knights, and don’t expect them to slow down anytime soon.last_img read more