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* Amazon Central / New FBA Amazon Fulfilled Inventory Message
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:58:04 AM »
If you're not already using the new FBA Amazon Fulfilled Inventory Page....
You will be soon.
Important: This page will soon be replaced with the new Manage FBA Inventory page.

Me = Old Dawg and hates new tricks

Better get on this before I wake up one day to find only the new interface.
No date, but if Amazon has the pop-up window to alert us, then it's time. 
 
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* Amazon Central / Feedback May 2018
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:45:46 AM »
Received a negative.
Negative was for condition of item when received.
Normally this is a strike through but with feedback still remaining to be seen.

Notified Amazon.
Removed.

This time is different.
No strike through on the number feedback nor was the typical message from Amazon placed on the feedback.. ---->Message from Amazon: "This item was fulfilled by Amazon, and we take responsibility for this fulfillment experience."

New?
I believe so.

The percentage of the feedback isn't worth a flip.
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* Amazon Central / Amazon's Latest Seller Poll 5-14-2018
« on: May 14, 2018, 07:12:33 PM »
How interested are you in accessing an Amazon account manager for a fee?



No answer.
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* Amazon Central / Australia is open for business
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:56:13 AM »
Australia is open for business
May 4 2018

Become an FBA seller in Australia and broaden your selling opportunity to reach new customers.

Fulfillment by Amazon offers you access to our fulfillment and customer service expertise, providing your customers with the convenience of fast delivery on more products.

Learn More
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* Amazon Central / Prime Day 2018
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:54:52 AM »
Prepare for Prime Day with these tools

Don't get caught unprepared for this year's Prime Day. Learn how to use Amazon's programs such as Sponsored Products, Fulfillment by Amazon, Coupons, Lightning Deals and more to help improve your success during this global shopping event.

Learn more on Seller University.
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Learn about our new policy on buyer feedback
May 8, 2018
Effective May 8, if you ship an order on time using Buy Shipping, and the buyer leaves seller feedback solely related to delayed or not received deliveries, you can request to have the impact of the feedback removed from your feedback rating.

A line will appear through the feedback with the following statement highlighting you were not at fault when the request was approved:

“The fulfillment issues associated with this order were not due to the seller.”
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Meltable Removal May 15th 2018
« on: May 05, 2018, 09:29:34 AM »
Hello from Fulfillment by Amazon,
 
We are writing to let you know that meltable inventory will not be fulfilled or accepted by Amazon fulfillment centers starting May 15, 2018. Meltable inventory will be accepted again starting October 1, 2018.
 
Removal orders for this inventory must be submitted before June 1, 2018. If a removal order is not submitted before that date, your meltable inventory will be disposed of. 

“Meltable” refers to heat-sensitive grocery and health and personal care products that are eaten or swallowed, including chocolate, gummies, and probiotics.
For more information, visit Remove inventory from a fulfillment center.

Thank you for selling on Amazon.

Sincerely,

The Fulfillment by Amazon team
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* Amazon Central / Seller Support ARGHHHH!!!!
« on: May 04, 2018, 12:51:35 PM »
Ok, The new Seller Support/Get Help.
Who the heck thought this was a bright idea?

Anyway, type gibberish into the select help search and it will let you move to the next step.
Getting flippin' help.
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* Amazon Central / Latest Seller Poll from Amazon
« on: April 29, 2018, 01:39:29 PM »

Seller Poll
Amazon seems to be genuinely concerned about the success of my business.
Not applicable
Strongly agree
Agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Disagree
Strongly disagree


Nope.
Not going to touch this.
No way, Jose.
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Wait...
What?
I had to look at it THREE times to insure I wasn't losing my fuhhhlippin mind.

Yes, that's right.
Customer Support refunded a customer from September 2017.
Amazon fulfilled purchase and shows no tracking info on page from Amazon.

I'm fighting this.
Ticks me off as this is just wrong.
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Seller Central down April 23 2018
« on: April 24, 2018, 09:35:00 AM »
Seller Central down for anyone else? Or just me?

Noted this last night when I signed in before hitting the hay.
I have no idea how long it lasted, but my head hit the pillow hoping Seller Central would be up and running this AM.
Looks like Inventory was able to be accessed 5 hours ago.

Wondering what changes are coming?


Edited to add: Some sellers aren't able to sign into their Seller Central yet.
Some sellers are able to sign in (myself being one) and are seeing some changes as I predicted.
I haven't looked to see if there are any major changes...but will report back.
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Hello from Fulfillment by Amazon,

On March 1, 2018, we announced changes to our monthly and long-term storage fees. This included a new storage limit policy, which states starting July 1, 2018, sellers with an Inventory Performance Index (IPI) below 350 may be subject to quarterly storage limits. Removing excess and aged inventory may help you reduce storage costs and improve your IPI.

Therefore, starting today, April 18, 2018, for a limited time, FBA will waive your removal fees for any removal order that you submit for inventory that you have in our US fulfillment centers.
 
To take action, in Seller Central, go to Manage Excess Inventory (Pro sellers) or FBA Inventory Age (Individual sellers). Then choose Create removal order from the menu next to any FBA item in your inventory.
 
If you remove inventory during this promotion, you will not be able to send us more units of the ASINs you remove until either:

    August 1, 2018, when these restrictions will be lifted


OR

    When your inventory level for the removed ASINs falls below our projection of your sales for the next eight weeks based on your average sales rate for the removed ASINs during the preceding 90 days

Note that removals during peak and promotional periods can take longer to process than the standard 10 to 14 days. Learn more about free removals.

If you have inventory for an ASIN that is slow-moving or has not been selling, take advantage of this opportunity to remove it for free and avoid paying additional storage fees for it. This promotion will run for a limited time, and after it ends, standard removal-order fees will apply.

Learn more at Remove inventory from fulfillment centers.

Thank you for selling on Amazon.

Sincerely,

The Fulfillment by Amazon team
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Toy Category Now Restricted?
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:11:31 PM »
Amazon Toy Category Now Restricted?

I didn't receive the original email stating my account was restricted.
AND supposedly it was Amazon Services Europe.
Who knows....seriously.

I did receive not one, not two, but three emails stating:

We recently sent you an email with the subject line “Important information about your listings on Amazon,” regarding listings in the Toys category.

This message was sent in error, so please disregard it. There are no new requirements associated with your Toys listings at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you for selling on Amazon,
Amazon Services
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Credit Card News: Amazon Will Offer Small Business Card

Read the article in full by clicking link above: Amazon plans to offer a credit card to U.S. small business customers, furthering its push to supply companies with everything from reams of paper to factory parts. The e-commerce giant has been in talks with banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. on a co-branded credit card for small-business owners

Almost a month late posting...ooops
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Amazon Upcoming Changes to the Seller Feedback Removal Policy

Mar 23, 2018
Currently, seller feedback is eligible for removal up to 365 days after the buyer submits it.

Effective May 17, 2018, after 90 days seller feedback will no longer be eligible for removal.

This policy change will apply to all seller feedback, including feedback submitted prior to this announcement.

Feedback removal requests must still meet all other eligibility criteria to be considered for removal.

To learn more about managing your feedback, visit https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/761



Hmmm... I thought that was the policy all along.
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* Amazon Central / This is new...
« on: March 15, 2018, 03:09:32 PM »
I'm not sure if it's just me...
I received a negative feedback the other day.

I promptly received a PHONE CALL from Amazon.
I wasn't available so Amazon left a message.

The message stated:
We wanted to make you aware that a customer has left a negative feedback.
Please sign into your account and share your side of the product fulfillment.

What?
Whoa!

It was fulfilled by Amazon and immediately removed once I notified them.

Has anyone else received a phone call?

Darn!
I received a neutral day before yesterday on a fulfilled by Amazon.
No phone call and no removal once Amazon was notified.

I agree with hubster, he states a neutral (3) shouldn't count towards a positive or negative in our seller metrics/health report.
Especially when the wording of the feedback is a postive experience.
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Read The Article in Full: Amazon Just Announced a New Whole Foods Perk for Some Users

Excerpt:

In its latest discount roll-out since acquiring Whole Foods in 2017, Amazon announced on Tuesday it will offer 5% back to some Amazon credit card holders.

In conjunction with Whole Foods and Chase, Amazon has announced it will give 5% back on Whole Foods purchases made with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card and 3% back for the non-Prime version of the card.

Amazon has been slashing prices and offering deals and discounts since it took over Whole Foods.

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* Amazon Central / Amazon FBA Checklist Manual (Step-by-Step)
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:34:54 AM »
Pretty Pretty Good List for anyone looking to start an Amazon business or to sharpen up your presence as a 3rd party seller.

Hey Reddit!

I have created an Amazon FBA Checklist that breaks down the frameworks of what it really looks like to get started selling on Amazon FBA! I've been using a modified version of this for a while now, but I decided to officially make a new one with more details so I can share it with everyone. This checklist will serve you as a basic guideline for the entire Amazon FBA process, and it has helped me countless times.

If you like, you can download this entire PDF for free here (disclosure: it links to my site to download), however, you can find the entire text below, which should be good enough to copy and paste it into a Word Document for personal use!

I am working to make this PDF better, so please let me know what helped you or what you would like to see more of in the comments.

Wishing you all the best,

Erik

Note: Link to download pdf isn't used.
Visit the Reddit post here to download the pdf



1 - Product Research
Step A: Idea Generation
Amazon Best Seller’s List
Retail Store Exploration
Amazon Movers and Shakers
AmazonBasics by Amazon
Amazon Storefronts
Amazon Product Sub-Tiers
“Customers Also Bought” Section
eBay Trending
Shopify Stores
Pinterest
AliExpress Weekly Best Sellers

Step B: Find Product Demand
Jungle Scout
Unicorn Smasher
Google Trends
Google Keyword Planner
999 Cart Track Method
Step C: Research Competitors
CamelCamelCamel
Analyze Competitor’s Reviews
2 - Product Sourcing
Step A: Find Product
Alibaba
Aliexpress
GlobalSources
Made-In-China
Step B: Order a Sample
Pay for Sample
Evaluate Sample
Step C: Pay Your Supplier
Wire Transfer
Paypal
Alibaba Secure Payment

3 - Choosing a Supplier
Step A: Evaluate Suppliers
Supplier Message Templates
Negotiation Message Templates
HubSpot CRM
Supplier Criteria
Accepted Payment Methods
Alibaba Status (i.e. Gold)
Supplier Verification
Language Quality
Supplier Reputation
Sample Quality
Response Rate
Supplier Type
Pricing
MOQ

4 - Legal
Step A: Patent Search
Google Patents
U.S. Patent Search
Step B: Trademark Search
U.S. Trademark Database
Step C: Business Entity
Refer to Setting up a Business
Step D: Legal Labels
Suffocation Labels

5 - Pricing
Step A: Determine Pricing
Amazon Revenue Calculator
Amazon Fulfillment Fees
5X Rule
Determine Minimum Profit Margins

6 - List an Amazon Product
Step A: Set up Amazon Seller Account
Choose a Seller Name
Create Amazon Seller Account
Add Professional Seller Plan ($39.99/mo)
Amazon Seller Central App
Step B: Take Product Photos
Virtuous Graphics
Fiverr
Step C: Get UPC Code
Buy a GS1 UPC Code
Step D: Create Amazon Listing
Product ID (UPC)
Product Name
Brand Name
Manufacturer
Product Variations
Upload Product Images
Product Description
Key Product Features
Keywords & Search Terms
Dimensions & Weight
Step E: Create Shipment
Amazon FNSKU Barcode
Amazon Shipping Labels
Select Single Amazon FBA Warehouse
Step F: Place Order
Negotiate Costs
Determine Appropriate Quantity
Step G: Freight Forwarders
Flexport

7 - Viral Launch
Strategy #1: Product Discounts / DealSites
JumpSend
ViralLaunch
SnagShout
Strategy #2: Amazon PPC
Determine Maximum ACoS
Automated Campaigns
Manual Campaigns
Strategy #3: Outside Paid Acquisition
Facebook Ads
Google Adwords
Pinterest Ads
YouTube Ads
Influencers
Strategy #4: Launch to Existing Audience
Facebook Review Groups
Twitter Hashtags
Real life (get creative)
Sharing with Email List
Strategy #5: Build an Email List
Landing Page
Facebook Ad Lead Gen
Product Giveaways
Misc:
Create Coupons
Optimize Keywords

8 - Review Automation
Amazon
Amazon Early Reviewer Program
Amazon’s Top Reviewers
Email Follow-Up Campaigns
Feedback Genius
JumpSend
Misc
Social Media Reviews
Analyze Your Reviews

9 - Super Optimization
Amazon Marketing Services (AMS)
Advertise on Top Seller Listings
Keyword Optimization
MerchantWords
Pricing Optimization
Splitly
Product Optimization
A|B Test Pictures
Variations
Packaging
Quality
Keyword Sourcing
Reorder Reviews
Remove Negative Amazon Seller Feedback
Misc
Lightning Deals
Bundle Products
Brand Registry

10 - Setting Up a Business
Step A: Choose Your Product Structure
Recommended: LLC
Options: Sole Proprietorship, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, LP, LLP
Step B: Pick and Register Your Business Name
NameMesh
LegalZoom LLC
Step C: Get Licenses and Permits
Step D: Choose Your Accounting System
Refer to Taxes
Step E: Set Up Your Business Location
Recommended: Delaware, USA

11 - Building a Brand
Branding Basics
Determine your brand’s target audience
Define a branding mission statement
Research brands within your industry niche
Outline the key qualities & benefits your brand offers
Create a great brand logo & tagline
Form your brand’s business voice
Build a brand message and elevator pitch
Let your brand personality shine
Integrate your brand into every aspect of your business
Stay true to your brand
Facebook
Facebook Page
Facebook Group
Instagram
Instagram Profile
Pinterest
Create a Pinterest Account

Twitter
Create a Twitter Account
Create a Website
Wordpress
SquareSpace
12 - Taxes
Software
Fetcher
TaxJar
GoDaddy Bookkeeping

13 - Automation
Virtual Assistants
Fiverr
Upwork
Automated Processes
Outsourcing Product Research
Manage Supply Levels & Automatically Place New Orders
Amazon PPC
Keyword Research
Marketing
Prepping/Shipping
Negotiation
Data Analysis
Customer Service
Taxes

14 - Non-US Sellers
International Credit Card
US-based Phone Number
US EIN (Form SS-4)
Free U.S. Bank Account: Payoneer
Get a U.S. Mailing Address
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* Amazon Central / Unpacking Amazon.com and its Prime economy
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:50:03 PM »
Unpacking Amazon.com and its Prime economy
How Amazon's focus on fast shipping in the United States, customer loyalty and new technologies combined with aggressive expansion into other industries continues to pay off.

Good compilation of stats

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