• Amazon allegedly auctioned off “Amazon’s Choice” badges to vendors, exchanging product visibility for those who sell items at lower prices and spend more on advertising. This badge is meant to be determined algorithmically, weighing product reviews, price and other aspects. Amazon denied that the program ever existed.
  • Amazon created a “Top Brand” badge to highlight items in the fashion and shoe categories. The new badges is meant to boost sales of private-label brands that are customer favorites. It joins the “Amazon’s Choice” badge, which the company applies to items with competitive prices, high ratings and fast shipment.
  • Amazon introduced FBA Donations, a new program to help third-party vendors to dispose of their unsold products directly through Amazon in the U.S. and UK. The new program comes after Amazon was repeatedly accused of destroying massive amounts of unwanted product every year and also gives the ecommerce retailer more control over its inventory. The company says that the excess product will be resold to liquidators, returned to suppliers or donated.