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Amazon has launched its online print-on-demand service, Merch by Amazon. It’s been 3 years since Merch by Amazon debuted in the US. The service allows customers to design and print their own shirts, hoodies and other apparel. The thing is, this idea is nothing new in Germany and Europe, with Leipzig-based Spreadshirt having been in the business since 2002.

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As of January 1, 2018, Birkenstock pulled their goods from Amazon. So why were they available 6 months after Birkenstock made that move? Amazon says it’s up to the brand to police its own distribution channels, thusly washing their hands of the responsibility. It seems hard to protect one's brand with Amazon around. Here's some information to help with that.

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Amazon is making the day longer. They’re stretching it to 36 hours for this year’s Prime Day, giving consumers 12 hours extra to take advantage of their best deals. It starts in two weeks’ time at noon on 16 July. That’s one week later than usual, probably due to the World Cup Semi Finals which are taking place on the usual Prime Day.

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It came as a surprise that the DIY marketplace DaWanda is closing its doors on 30 August 2018. They are advising merchants on their platform to switch to Etsy – for which they have developed an import tool. DaWanda planned to let the e-commerce world know of its plan to close up shop on Monday, 2 July, but the news came out over the weekend moving into July.

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Just when you thought it was safe to order from Amazon to take advantage of their customer-friendly approach, returning that unwanted item – the online giant feels it is better to destroy those incoming returns and “like-new” items than to repurpose them. Even external vendors get rid of unsold goods through Amazon.

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Facebook is getting ready to go green, becoming a selling platform. The bad news is, more than a third (37%) of UK consumers think Facebook does not care about them, or their data. As they monetise their Marketplace Ads, this could prove to be a bigger problem than Facebook anticipates.

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