Prime members can now save at every Whole Foods store nationwide. Download the Whole Foods app, login with your Amazon account and you’ll see the QR code that you need to scan to get your deals.
The supreme court, on June 21st, issued a decision in the South Dakota vs Wayfair case, which ended the rule for a physical presence in a state as a necessity for collecting sales tax. They did say that small businesses are different than large retailers but did not specifically define what that means in the decision. The court was clear about protecting small businesses from unfair burdens but the responsibility for defining this seems to rest on the states.
Prime Wardrobe, is now available. One quarter of all apparel sales in the US in 2017 were bought online and this is just growing. Amazon Prime members can now order any 8 items of clothing and have up to 7 days to try them on and return them without paying. They only pay for the kept items. The box is tricked out to make this easy. It is resealable so there is no searching for tape and a pre-printed return label comes with the order.
Walmart announced top items bought for 2 day delivery in each state. Besides being entertaining, this is a great way for retailers on other platforms to see what customers want. How can you improve on it? Is there a bundle or other product opportunity? Some of the more entertaining states are Nebraska which had a baby boom, and bought a bunch of newborn socks, Coloradans stocked up on Smores fixins, people in Maine prepared for summer with mosquito head nets.
eBay has stepped into the profitable athletic shoe arena with a “sneaker drop” on June 27th.They asked enthusiasts to list their most coveted pairs and had exclusive pricing on shoes direct from adidas, stadium goods and reebok all with free shipping. eBay hope to give athletic shoe retailers another option besides getting into bed with Amazon.
Instagram is taking on YouTube, Pinterest and Snapchat with their newest releases. They have reached 1 billion users and apparently want more! Their new video system, IGTV is custom designed for mobile users. Video have a vertical format like mobile devices and can now be up to 1 hour long. Each creator will have their own channel similar to YouTube which can be viewed on the IGTV or Instagram app. They has also added video chat similar to Snapchat, so that users can talk to each other or groups of up to 4 from within the app and there are topic channels to pinterest boards. Each platform wants to make it easier to stay where you are, but as marketers and sellers it means that we must create custom content for every different type of user and platform that they hang out on. No doubt, after IGTV is up and running, the new shopping bags that are available in Stories will be added to video too allowing direct purchase while viewing a video. Check out our new IGTV channel at ScannerSociety.com/IGTV
Facebook continues their educational push with live conferences, called Facebook Boost, all over the country. They will teach both career seekers and businesses how to grow with Facebook. They are coming soon to Phoenix, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Columbus and more. They promise networking and training on ads, instagram, customer targeting and more.
Jay Leno, car enthusiast and comedian, is spearheading 3d printing for car parts. He and his team do their own car repair and source their replacement parts with 3D printing. He shares about it on his weekly Youtube show, Jay Leno’s Garage. He himself is a world-renowned collection of nearly 300 vehicles. In addition to making more parts available, companies and individuals engaged in this classic car business are eligible for tax credits.
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