Amazon is currently testing a product labelling system for newly released products on its marketplace.
The “New” badge, which is the latest of a series of badges Amazon has been working on, is a product labeller that aims to help shoppers discover new items to buy and give them a better shopping experience on the Amazon platform.
The company has previously introduced the “Top Brand” badge for products from more established brands, as well as the “Best Sellers” and “Amazon’s Choice” badges.
Although the online retail giant hasn’t explained the selection criteria used for the badges, these are deemed beneficial for third-party sellers. Considering the large volume of products sold on Amazon, a seller would be fortunate to have one of these badges pinned on their product as it will surely boost their sales and visibility.
Amazon has confirmed that it’s testing the “New” badge in select markets, but didn’t elaborate on how it works.
“We are always experimenting to provide a better shopping experience for customers.” – Amazon Spokesperson
Will Amazon be asked to explain the new badge?
Amazon’s badges may be appealing from a customer or seller’s standpoint, but they’re questionable to lawmakers.
The company has been on their radar ever since negative reviews on products marked with the “Amazon’s Choice” badge reached them.
Last month, Senators Bob Menendez and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, asking him to explain the selection process for the “Amazon’s Choice” badge.
Their query stemmed from recent reports that the company uses the badge to promote low-quality products, if not their own to get the upper hand.
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