For e-tailers selling their wares on Amazon.com, a lot of obstacles stand in the way of success — sometimes even Amazon itself.
The life of an Amazon seller isn’t always an easy one. To be sure, they’ve got access to one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms. But they face a number of tough challenges, such as striking the right balance between inventory and demand, especially in this time of pandemic and extreme uncertainty. A major hurdle is achieving a consistently high score on Amazon’s Inventory Performance Index (IPI), the metrics for which aren’t always crystal clear. Then there’s the question of whether to sign on with Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) — a great source of logistical support, if you don’t mind having Amazon dictating how you do business. On this episode, we weigh all the factors with the help of François Jaffres, director of business development with Noviland Inc., provider of a global sourcing and purchasing platform. Is it worth the complexities of working with Amazon? And what if you choose to bypass the site altogether? Hosted by Bob Bowman, Editor-in-Chief of SupplyChainBrain.
A blog post from Noviland: “Understanding Your Amazon IPI Score.”
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