The eCommerce space has undergone significant changes in recent years, presenting both business challenges and opportunities.
Financial Models haven’t changed, but the mood around which financial metrics matter most certainly has. Tyler Jefcoat, CEO of Seller Accountant and a seasoned entrepreneur, joins me to unpack what’s changed for 2024.
He remains optimistic about the future of eCommerce, highlighting the valuable lessons businesses have learned from the challenges of the past years.
As the business landscape improves, companies are better equipped to manage their portfolios, control expenses, and measure return on investment.
eCommerce Shifts To Expect In 2024
With the collective experience gained through navigating uncertainties, companies are now better equipped to manage their portfolios, exercise prudent expense control, and effectively measure return on investment. These enhanced practices, Tyler suggests, position businesses for a more robust and resilient future.
As the financial landscape continues to improve, Tyler anticipates a resurgence in brand exits and an array of growth opportunities for e-commerce entities. The normalization of interest rates and the positive trend in cash flow are expected to fuel this resurgence, allowing businesses to capitalize on their strengthened foundations.
“eCommerce brands have transformed into agile, mean machines for 2024. No longer reliant on reckless borrowing, they’ve evolved into lean, mean fighting machines, ready for success.”Tyler Jefcoat
It is evident that a combination of prudent financial management and innovative marketing strategies will be critical to sustained success in eCommerce in 2024.
Inventory Turns and New KPIs for Amazon
Tyler underscores the critical role of inventory turns in shaping business growth. Recognizing that a business’s expansion is often constrained by its ability to scale inventory, Tyler advises sellers to strategically allocate additional funds to maximize inventory turns. This approach aims to optimize the utility of available capital, steering clear of the pitfalls associated with overextension.
“In eCommerce, the aim is to make every dollar work harder by optimizing inventory to maximize cash efficiency and cash flow. It’s not just about profit; it’s about the velocity of cash driving that profit.” Tyler Jefcoat
Tyler introduces two key metrics for 2024 – PAG (Post Advertising Gross Profit) and CAL (COGS plus Ads Load). These new metrics ensure brands are keeping accurate bookkeeping to reveal genuine gross profits. This, coupled with a data-driven approach holding each ASIN accountable, ensures a focus on true profitability.
Sellers should proactively analyze portfolio margins, consider approaches like renegotiating terms with suppliers, liquidating underperforming SKUs, and astutely manage cash flow to take advantage of the better eCommerce environment this year.
Tune in to this episode for a detailed breakdown of evolving metrics, market dynamics, and strategic decision-making that will shape the outlook for eCommerce brands in 2024.
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