Handmade at Amazon Expands Categories to Include Accessories, Toys, Games, More

Amazon.com announced recently that Handmade at Amazon, its new store for handmade items, has added three new product categories of handmade items. The site sells products crafted and sold directly by artisans in competition with well-known handmade platform Etsy. The new Handmade at Amazon categories are Accessories, Baby and Toys and Games.

News that Handmade at Amazon has expanded categories of handcrafted items should be exciting for the artisans and customers choosing to use the service. That’s because the expansion will introduce thousands more Prime – eligible items, giving customers a fuller experience. It will also provide artisans a richer storefront for handcrafted items where they can showcase their work and make more sales.

The ecommerce company said the new categories of handcrafted items will offer more than 20,000 items sold directly from artisans. It adds that since the beginning of the year, there’s been a 100 percent increase in handmade artisans taking advantage of its service to deliver items quickly to customers.

New Handmade at Amazon Categories

Handmade business owners will now be able to offer everything from accessories like Italian leather handbags and plaid zipper clutches to baby-themed items like teething rings and toys & games products like wooden memory games and felt tool set toys with this expansion.

One doesn’t need stats and figures to see that Amazon Handmade is growing fast and making an impact. The new Handmade at Amazon categories of handcrafted items add to the previously featured Kitchen and Dining, Stationery and Party Supplies, Jewelry, Artwork, Bedding, Home Décor and Furniture categories launched last fall.

Amazon said in the press release that since launching the Handmade e-store last fall, the number of items listed has grown four times to more than 400,000 quality handcrafted items from all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world.

Social media sites like Facebook also have many satisfied artisans and customers sharing photos of handmade items they either purchased or crafted. They are satisfied because handmade provides a unique feel that someone crafted the item, poured their hearts and soul into it, and the piece stands out.

Impact of Amazon Handmade on Etsy and Similar Sites

When Amazon first announced the opening of a handmade storefront on its giant ecommerce platform, many wondered what it would mean for those who shop and sell on Etsy and similar sites. Would Amazon Handmade be the end of sites like Etsy, the hitherto vibrant peer-to-peer niche ecommerce site focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies?

Amazon Handmade promised to facilitate seamless sales of authentic handmade items and has already made many of the items eligible for Prime, Amazon’s special two day free shipping service. However, it remains a bit hazy whether Amazon Handmade’s terms of service and listings are better than Etsy’s.

According to Investopedia, Etsy has a wildly low fee structure, charging only a 3.5 percent commission and a flat $0.20 listing fee. Comparatively, Amazon charges about a 15 percent commission on most products in its marketplace, although it brings this percentage slightly lower for its Handmade service in order to appeal to small businesses in the artisan space. Still, undercutting Etsy would be difficult.

It’s still too early to tell what the long-term impact the new Handmade at Amazon categories will have on Etsy, but many handmade business owners are welcoming the opportunity to sell their wares on Amazon in addition to Etsy. Amazon is certainly much, much bigger and the additional exposure for artisan items is good.

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LeEco Expands Retail Partnerships to Boost Offline Presence in India

LeEco Expands Retail Partnerships to Boost Offline Presence in India

Chinese Internet and technology conglomerate LeEco on Friday announced that it has forged partnerships with six regional retail chains in India to strengthen its offline presence across the country.

“This marks another milestone in our India journey that has been incredible so far. Our strategy to strengthen our offline business is a testimony to our commitment to the Indian market,” Atul Jain, COO of Smart Electronics, LeEco India, in a statement.

“For this, we have tied up with some of the well-known names in offline retail across geographies and we will continue to add more partners as we go along,” he added.

LeEco has partnered with retail chains like Sangeetha, Poorvika and zonal distributors like Shivalik, AppsYouNeed, Pearl Infotech and PCH to expand its retail network.

Through these partnerships, the company will be able to expand its retail base to 2,000 outlets across 65 cities.

LeEco will offer Le 1s and Le 1s Eco smartphones through the offline model in the first phase and has plans to offer the entire product portfolio in the offline market in the coming months.

By the end of this year, the Chinese conglomerate plans to have 6,000-8,000 outlets across the country.

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Oculus Expands virtual truth Arsenal, Highlights 1 Million gear VR customers


approximately 1 million human beings used equipment VR final month for 25 minutes consistent withday.
Google is predicted to unveil digitalreality device next week at its I/O.
gear simplest wishes a hard and fast of headphones and considered one of some Samsung smartphones.
virtual fact expert Oculus is attempting to dazzle clients by means of adding extra enjoyment and academic options to the Samsung tools headset in hopes of reworking the technological curiosity right into a cultural phenomenon.

the new picks announced Wednesday include “Nomads,” a three-dimensional video collection from Felix & Paul Studios that examines wayfaring lifestyles in remote elements of the sector. there may beadditionally an upcoming online game called “Tactera” that calls for players to devise a battlefieldmethod on a holographic tabletop, and every other 360-degree video called “6X9” supplying a grimappearance of what it is like to be caught in a jail‘s solitary confinement mobile.

They be part of a menu of more than 250 apps designed for the gear VR on the grounds that its clientmodel turned into released nearly six months ago. it is a meager amount in comparison to the tens of millions of apps available for the iPhone and devices going for walks at the Android operating device.

devices that construct an arsenal of compelling apps generally are simpler to promote to clients. Programmers, even though, placed a lower priority on designing apps for gadgets till they’ve accrued abig audience.

(additionally see: VR is confusing, separating, and rather fun)

That hasn’t occurred yet with the equipment, even though Oculus says it’s miles triumphing overfanatics quicker than it predicted whilst the headset hit the marketplace just earlier than remainingyear‘s excursion shopping season. about 1 million human beings used the gear VR final month for an average of 25 mins in keeping with day, in keeping with Oculus. about eighty percentage of that pointbecame spent looking video.

Samsung designed the gear for its most latest smartphones with the assist of Oculus, a touchrecognisedstartup till on-line social networking leader fb bought it for $2 billion years ago to help introduce virtualreality to the masses.

“Oculus can assist people enjoy some thing, anywhere,” boasted Max Cohen, the agency‘s head ofcellular. “We suppose this (era) can definitely alternate people‘s lives.”

The idea of digital fact, a era that immerses human beings in an synthetic international, has been roundfor years, however has in no way taken off.

fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg is satisfied it’s far destined to become technology‘s subsequent large leap forward, and different influential trendsetters Google and Apple are actually scrambling to trap up in thenonetheless-nascent subject. Google is broadly expected to unveil a digitalreality device next week at its annual builders conference in the subsequent step beyond its rudimentary product called “Cardboard” that works with smartphones.

The equipment become a forerunner to a extra advanced digitaltruth headset referred to as the Rift thatcosts $600 and requires a connection to a high-powered pc. The Rift commenced shipping nearly twomonths in the past, even though many customers still haven’t obtained the headset but because ofdelays that Oculus has blamed on components shortages.

In contrast, users of the tools simplest need a hard and fast of headphones and this sort of Samsungtelephones: the Galaxy S6, S6 aspect, S6 side Plus or observe five. As part of its try to make it easier todiscover stuff to watch and play at the equipment, Oculus plans to release a new version of its app for thedevice subsequent month.

The tools VR is becoming an meeting line of apps for the Rift. greater than 20 of the video gamesoriginally designed for the gear are also like minded with the Rift.

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FreeCharge Partners CCAvenue; Expands Customer Access to Online Merchants

FreeCharge Partners CCAvenue; Expands Customer Access to Online Merchants

Snapdeal-owned digital payments platform FreeCharge has partnered with a payment gateway CCAvenue, giving its customers access to over 100,000 online merchants across sectors like hospitality, retail, and education.

It will also help them access real-time, multi-currency online payment services, FreeCharge said in a statement on Monday.

“We want to make FreeCharge wallet ubiquitous in both the online and offline space by creating an ecosystem of partnership. With CCAvenue, we will further strengthen our partner ecosystem and offer our customers a wider assortment of online merchants. Our endeavour is to build the payment OS for digital India and I am confident that alliances like this will help us move in the right direction,” Govind Rajan, Chief Operating Officer, FreeCharge said.

Speaking of the partnership, Vishwas Patel, Chief Executive Officer, Avenues Group said, “Digital wallets have played their part in the ecosystem and consumers have adapted to its usage significantly. It complements CCAvenue’s efforts to transform the market from cash to cashless. CCAvenue operates on a simple tenet, ‘more options lead to more business’ and has always remained neutral by associating with third party wallets and not limited its services to a captive payment wallet of its own. This association would enable FreeCharge as a payment option for our 100000+ e-merchants, and FreeCharge’s aggressive marketing strategies would greatly benefit our merchants.”

This association would allow CCAvenue e-merchants use FreeCharge as a payment option. FreeCharge directly competes with payment e-wallets like Alibaba-backed Paytm, and Flipkart’s recently launched Flipkart Money.

Founded in 2001, CCAvenue is a payment gateway service provider offering real-time, multi-currency payment solutions to businesses in hospitality, education, online retail, and other major industry verticals.

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Tags: Apps, CCAvenue, FreeCharge, Internet, Mobile Wallet