Welcome to this week’s eFocus, RepricerExpress’ weekly round-up of ecommerce and Amazon news.

Amazon tops two billion products delivered via FBA in 2016: Fareeha Ali at Internet Retailer reports that sellers using Fulfilment by Amazon services grew more than 70% year over year. Amazon hooked more sellers on its fulfilment services last year, in part because of Amazon Prime’s popularity and shipping advantages, such as lower rates and faster delivery times. The company also announced this week that more than two billion items from marketplace sellers were shipped through FBA in 2016, double the volume in 2015. Continue reading…

Amazon now has 45,000 robots in its warehouses: Sam Shead at Business Insider UK reports that according to a report in The Seattle Times, Amazon has increased its army of robots to 45,000 across 20 fulfilment centres. That’s reportedly an increase of 50% on the same time the year before, when the company said it had 30,000 robots working alongside 230,000 people. Amazon bought a robotics company called Kiva Systems in 2012 for $775 million (£632 million). Continue reading…

50+ Predictions for Ecommerce in 2017: Andy Geldman at WebRetailer offers a round-up of ecommerce predictions for 2017 from over fifty experts across five continents. It’s a comprehensive panel of online sellers, technology vendors, service providers discussing about what to expect in 2017, taking in Amazon, eBay, private labelling, sourcing from China, multichannel ecommerce, consumer expectations, social media and more. Continue reading…

6 Amazon FBA sellers share how their business got its start: Nick Loper at Side Hustle Nation reports on the stories on the first great product find of some friends and colleagues selling on Amazon FBA. One example is Travis who managed to make $100 in just 5 minutes after picking up some clearance routers at Staples which were both in Amazon’s Top 1,000 electricals category at the time. Continue reading…

eBay give out brand new feedback stars: Chris Dawson at Tamebay reports that eBay are using redesigned feedback stars on some pages of the site. You’ll still find the original version of the feedback stars sparkling across the site denoting the feedback level they equate to. The new stars lose the black border line and are a little less 3D to give a sharper more modern look. Continue reading…

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