Podcast: Amazon Seller Performance for Private Labelers

Cascadia’s founder and resident Private Label guru, Rachel Greer, is this week’s featured guest on “The Private Label Podcast” with Kevin Rizer. Click here to listen. Topics of Discussion: Multiple Seller Accounts: Why Does Amazon care about them and how to get them approved Fraud, and how Amazon prevents it by limiting multiple seller accounts Why … Read more

Greater Regulatory Activity from CPSC – Importer Liability for Product Safety

Two days ago, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) filed suit against Spectrum Brands, a company that imported a Black & Decker coffeemaker and failed to report that it was unsafe when customers complained, then continued to sell the recalled goods after the recall was announced. Usually when these lawsuits are filed, I know who … Read more

Innovators: compliance for Kickstarter

So, you’re on Kickstarter, you’ve come up with a really neat idea, and you want to start production now that you’ve gotten funding. You’ve found a good lawyer, you’ve got your CPA, you’ve found a Customs broker, and you’re ready to start production! But how do you decide which producer should mass produce your product? … Read more

Another one bites the dust: Office Depot’s $3.4M Compliance Mistake

Read about Office Depot agreeing to pay 34 million dollars in civil penalties.  “Office Depot sold about 150,000 Quantum chairs nationwide between May 2006 and August 2009, for about $350 each, and about 1.4 million Gibson chairs nationwide between 2003 and 2012, for about $40 each. In addition to paying the $3.4 million civil penalty, … Read more

New Substantial Product Safety Hazards: Seasonal/Decorative Lighting and Extension Cords

Today, the CPSC Small Business Obmudsman issued a newletter in which they defined two new substantial product safety hazards: seasonal/decorative lighting and extension cords. Seasonal/Decorative Lighting: “Seasonal and Decorative Lighting Products – The final rule (16 CFR part 1120) specifies that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily … Read more

The Impact of Increasing Civil Penalties on Building Your Compliance Program

At the end of April, Black & Decker agreed to a sizable civil penalty for failing to report unsafe electric lawnmowers within the required 24 hours. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2015/Black-and-Decker-Agrees-to-1575-Million-Dollar-Civil-Penalty-Internal-Compliance-Program-for-Failure-to-Report-Defective-Lawnmowers/ “Black & Decker’s persistent inability to follow these vital product safety reporting laws calls into question their commitment to the safety of their customers. They have a lot … Read more

Importing with FBA

In the promo image for Fulfillment by Amazon, the graphic starts with sending the products to Amazon. But what if you’re importing? Your graphic has a few more items – selecting a supplier, validating your goods, and navigating the complex world of international logistics. There are two major challenges when importing with the intention of … Read more