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Amazon UK is launching its Christmas sale four weeks early

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Amazon UK is launching its Christmas sale four weeks early

October 22
19:16 2021

Dropshipping News Weekly Update Vol 20. Here are five pieces of dropshipping news.

1. Stocking up for Christmas? US experts advise consumers to finish their Christmas shopping as early as possible

In recent days, the problem of the tight supply chain in the United States continues to affect American consumers. Us supply chain experts are advising consumers to finish their Christmas shopping early to avoid shipping delays.

Forty-two percent of U.S. consumers have reportedly set aside a budget for holiday shopping and plan to complete a third of their holiday shopping by this year’s peak, and that number has grown to a staggering 43 percent among millennials.

Much of the shift towards early buying has been influenced by consumers’ alertness to supply-chain issues. For example, the product transportation cycle is long, supply chain tightness leads to a product shortage, etc.

Some Americans are already shopping online for pre-Christmas decorations, based on past shopping data and the fact that this year’s tough supply chain has led to huge shortages for offline stores. So sellers need to make marketing plans in advance according to inventory.

It is worth noting that holiday shopping in the second half of the year is concentrated in November and December, and people are especially looking forward to Black Friday, Online 1, and Christmas year-end promotions to buy favorite products with super discounts. But sellers need to be careful when setting up promotions to avoid overlapping coupons and promotions.

2. eBay Australia: Sellers can now upload logistics information by scanning shipping labels

eBay Australia has announced that sellers can now add shipping information such as waybill numbers by scanning shipping labels using the eBay app, including scanning post office receipts and Prepaid Products from Australia Post, such as tracking letters.

The specific operation process is as follows:

Open the eBay app and log in to the seller’s accountOpen the order you want to add trackingSelect the “Upload Trace” buttonPoint the phone camera at the barcode or QR code of the packageLogistics tracking information will automatically appear and be uploaded

3. Amazon UK is launching its Christmas sale four weeks early! The maximum delay for containers from China to Europe is 30 days

Amazon UK is opening its Christmas shopping campaign four weeks early as even Prime members are likely to face some order delays due to a tight global supply chain, citing an internal Amazon document reported by foreign media.

Amazon will display “buy early” banners on its website and app in an attempt to move most Christmas orders forward to the end of November, missing the usual peak in the second and third weeks of December.

Project44 notes that rising container prices, labor shortages, and ongoing Covid related issues have not gone away, and shipping delays continue to worsen. The worst-affected China-EU route in September had delays of up to 30 days, while the worst-affected China-US West Coast route had delays of 21.94 days.

4. US consumers’ holiday budgets up 25%, more than 70% plan to shop online

More than 70 percent of U.S. consumers plan to give themselves gifts this year, according to investment management firm Jones Lang lasalle’s (JLL) annual holiday season survey. Meanwhile, U.S. consumers plan to spend 25.4% more this holiday season than they did a year ago, with average spending expected to be $870. About 58 percent of consumers plan to shop at brick-and-mortar stores this holiday season, and 73 percent will shop at online retailers such as Amazon or eBay, according to Jones Lang lasalle estimates.

5. S. manufacturers change package sizes in response to global supply chain crisis

Eighty-five percent of toys sold in the United States are made in China, according to the Toy Association, an industry trade group. To cope with the supply chain crisis, Toy manufacturers in the United States have optimized the product packaging size to make full use of container space, such as reducing the actual packaging size, limiting additional accessories, and so on. More businesses have decided to focus on the transport of high unit price, small volume or light, and soft products.

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