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

Amazon’s giant robot-staffed supermarkets may only employ three humans per store: Indy100 reports that robot staffed supermarkets could happen a lot sooner than we think. Last year, Amazon showcased their Amazon Go supermarket, which didn’t use money or checkouts. The high tech store connects with an app on your phone, so you can just pick things up, put them in your bag and walk out – and they’re automatically charged to your Amazon account. Continue reading…

How much does Amazon FBA actually cost sellers? Dan Wilson at Tamebay reports that many sellers dismiss FBA due to costs. FBA won’t work for low-margin goods but it does bring significant benefits too and some Amazon merchants swear by it. You’re not burdened with the expense of holding stock and despatching it, for starters. That’s why the Fulfilment by Amazon Revenue Calculator is a useful tool to furnish you with information to inform your decisions. You can find it here.

Amazon sold 60 million fashion items in Q4 2016: Chris Dawson at Tamebay reports that Amazon sold more than 60 million fashion items in Q4 2016. According to Susan Saideman, VP of Amazon Fashion Europe, “Fashion is one of Amazon’s fastest growing categories and we are still only a handful of years into a very long-term investment.” Amazon have just signed Ethiopian model, actress and designer, Liya Kebede to be the new face for Amazon Fashion Europe for Spring/Summer 2017 (SS17). Continue reading…

10 ingredients for ecommerce success: Dale Traxler at Practical Ecommerce looks at what determines a successful business? He says it depends on one’s objectives and measurement criteria — profits, passion, exit strategy, and so forth. These are generally aligned with the reasons for starting the business in the first place. Regardless, how does an entrepreneur chart a course for success and mitigate the inevitable speed bumps along the way? Continue reading…

Amazon’s Alexa escapes the Echo and gets into cars: Samuel Gibbs at The Guardian reports that Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is making its way into cars in the UK. One of the first systems to bring Alexa to cars will be Logitech’s ZeroTouch, a £50 dashboard mount for a phone that works with an app running on Android smartphones. Users simply put their hand up so it can be seen by the smartphone’s camera and command Alexa like they would at home. Continue reading…

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