POD WEEKLY #35
MERCH BY AMAZON LAUNCHES IN EUROPE
After many months of rumors of Merch by Amazon expanding to Europe, Amazon announced on Monday, July 30 they have launched the program in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Like the US marketplace, sellers and designers will need to apply for an account and wait for an invitation to join the program. Existing sellers will be granted access gradually on a rolling basis, similar to the addition of new product types, such as PopSockets which we covered back in June.
Here’s the official announcement from Amazon, available in the Dashboard after logging into a Merch by Amazon account:
We are excited to announce that Merch by Amazon is live in Germany (www.amazon.de) and the United Kingdom (www.amazon.co.uk)! We will enable accounts on a rolling basis and will notify Content Creators via email when their accounts have been approved. When an account is enabled for these new marketplaces, options to select them will become available in the product creation process. Note that we will not be able to provide updates on approvals for individual accounts. Please review our updated Content Policy and FAQs for additional information.
The addition of the UK and Germany marketplaces adds a number of new potential customers. Amazon has been active in both countries since 2002 and serves as the number one ecommerce marketplace in both countries.
Let us know what you’re most looking forward to about Merch by Amazon launches in Europe in the comments below.
— If you’re moving beyond marketplaces and looking to launch a print-on-demand store, check out this guide from Printful.
“You’re going to be dedicating a lot of time working on your store, so make sure it’s something you really want to pursue”
The Basics of Starting an Online Clothing Store
Marianna Zvaigzne Blog – Printful
“According to Digital Commerce 360, U.S. ecommerce sales grew 16.0% in 2017, the fastest rate since 2011.
The U.S. apparel market is the largest in the world, projected to be worth $390 billion by 2025.
Owing to the rising popularity of ecommerce, there’s a host of easy-to-use tools to help businesses go online – from drop shipping services like Printful to ecommerce platforms and online marketing tools.”1
— There are bulk upload tools for Merch by Amazon, but most don’t follow Amazon’s terms. Learn about the problems and read about one solution that adhere’s to policies.
“You’d like to bulk upload your designs to Merch by Amazon? I wouldn’t recommend that and here’s why…”
Bulk Upload Designs to Merch by Amazon
Merch_Along_Admin Merch Along
“Merch by Amazon specifically states in their frequently asked questions that you are not allowed to bulk upload with by using a script. At first glance, it might seem like that’s a bad thing, but don’t worry, it’s for the best. Merch by Amazon probably just wants to make sure you’re thinking each product and design through before uploading them. Bulk uploading encourages users to create garbage. Bad designs with poorly thought out content don’t sell and it provides a bad customer experience.
Instead, Merch Along allows you to automatically upload individually (not bulk). It’s easy to use, saves you a ton of time and has been tested to work thousands of times. “2
— In the latest Merch Minds episode, the guys talk with two successful sellers who have launched a growing Etsy store to add multiple streams of income.
Get tips on “creating multiple income streams and creating sustainable income on multiple channels”
Merch Minds Podcast – Episode 091: Interview with Spencer and Shannon from Merch Lifestyle
Merch Minds Podcast with Glen and Yong
“They talk everything about print-on-demand. They discuss how difficult it is to scale on Merch by Amazon. They also talk about how they’re scaling they’re Esty store, which they have more control of.”3
— If you are looking to set your designs apart, check out this pack of textures and patterns, great for overlays and text masks (text filled with images).
“The Spectacular Textures and Patterns Collection brings you the best one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted resources that the design world has to offer.”
Bring New Life To Your Design Projects With These Stunning Textures and Patterns
Chris Spooner Spoon Graphics
“Within this 99% discounted textures and patterns collection you’ll find paper/card, gold, watercolour, florals, geometric goodness, art deco, grunge, craft, wood, topography and much more!”4
— Here’s another article on the Merch by Amazon launching in Europe.
“Amazon has launched its online print on demand platform Merch by Amazon in Europe” starting with UK & Germany
Merch by Amazon launches in Europe
“The launch in Europe follows three years after Amazon introduced the platform in the US.
“We are excited to announce that Merch by Amazon is live in Germany and the United Kingdom“, Amazon writes. “We will enable accounts on a rolling basis and will notify content creators when their accounts have been approved. When an account is enabled for these new marketplaces, options to select them will become available in the product creation process.””5
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