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* Amazon Central / 2017 Amazon Marketplace Facts
« on: January 22, 2018, 01:28:59 PM »
To Read The Article in Full: 2017 Amazon Marketplace Facts

Pretty Pretty Interesting.

More than 300,000 SMBs in the U.S. started selling on Amazon

More than 140,000 SMBs selling on Amazon surpassed $100,000 in annual sales

Fulfillment by Amazon shipped billions of items worldwide

Amazon Lending surpassed $3 billion lent to small businesses on Amazon since the program started in 2011

Amazon Handmade expanded to encompass 10 categories offering customers more than one million handcrafted items from thousands of artisans and small business owners across all 50 states and more than 60 countries

During the Holiday Season, customers ordered more than 1 billion items from SMBs on Amazon, with more than 140 million items ordered between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday

“More and more small and medium-sized businesses are choosing to join the Amazon Marketplace and sell right alongside Amazon to reach customers around the world. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are succeeding on Amazon – they sell half the products that Amazon customers buy, and more than 140,000 small and medium-sized businesses surpassed $100,000 in sales on Amazon in 2017,” said Peter Faricy, Vice President for Amazon Marketplace. “These businesses are reinvesting in their local communities – creating jobs and supporting local suppliers. We are proud of how the Amazon Marketplace helps empower so many small businesses, not just in the US, but around the world."
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* Amazon Central / Tips from Amazon FC Employee
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:12:03 AM »
Tips for packing and shipping your items to Amazon Warehouse

Found this tidbit interesting:
I'll leave you with a bit of trivia. Historically, the number one item pilfered at my particular FC is......beef jerky.
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* Amazon Central / Alexa, how many people hijacked my listing today?
« on: January 09, 2018, 12:12:06 PM »
Alexa, how many people hijacked my listing today?

The myriad of questions that can be asked as seen by the image might save me time. 
Right now, we have an Amazon dot in the living room only.
I might end up buying one for my office.


Modified to add image:

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Amazon Bulk label purchase added to Buy Shipping Services
Dec 13, 2017
The Buy Shipping Services team is excited to announce the launch of a new feature, which allows you to buy shipping labels in bulk for domestic Seller Fulfilled Prime and non-Prime orders.
You can now purchase labels in bulk from your Seller account in Seller Central for up to 100 labels at a time. 

Buy Shipping preferences must be set to purchase labels in bulk.
Go to the Manage Orders page to purchase the labels.


Oooops!
Forgot to post this... skimmed it and decided it wasn't for me and forgot about it.
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Ooooof!
Really behind on posting info from Amazon Headlines.
The holiday season was busy for me (Yay!!)
A December Newsletter in January?
That's me!
<smile>

The December Amazon Seller Newsletter is here
Dec 19, 2017

This month you’ll find advice to help you do business in peak selling time, from managing holiday returns and buying shipping in bulk, to protecting your seller account and preparing for your own vacation. You’ll also see how Amazon will be supporting you through the changes to sales tax collection rules in Washington State.

Read Newsletter Here
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Amazon New: Create a Sales-Based Rule in Automate Pricing

Dec 18, 2017

You can now create an Automate Pricing rule based on your sales performance. You can create rules to automatically decrease (or increase) your price if your unit sales go below (or above) a certain threshold by the end of a time interval you set, based on the following parameters:

Time interval to evaluate unit sales (once every 1, 7, 14, or 30 days)
Unit sales thresholds below (or above) during the time interval
Percentage or $ amount to decrease (or increase) price
Minimum and maximum price for the SKU

Learn more about creating a sales-based pricing rule.
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Amazon New Feature: Bulk label purchase added to Buy Shipping Services

Dec 13, 2017
The Buy Shipping Services team is excited to announce the launch of a new feature, which allows you to buy shipping labels in bulk for domestic Seller Fulfilled Prime and non-Prime orders. You can now purchase labels in bulk from your Seller account in Seller Central for up to 100 labels at a time. 

Buy Shipping preferences must be set to purchase labels in bulk.


***I've chosen not to use this feature.
Sometimes I choose to ship out orders Priority as versus a slower shipping means.
Sometimes I choose to ship out orders with insurance.
I like being able to process orders with a personal touch and making sure my customer comes first... that ability is lessened with an automation process.
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* Amazon Central / Amazon's New Year’s Campaign Health Check
« on: January 03, 2018, 11:00:30 AM »
New Year's Advertising Campaign Health Check
Dec 26, 2017
Perform a New Year’s campaign health check to sustain your holiday advertising success in 2018.

Read all about it <----FYI it's a pdf
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Technical Issues - Jan 3 2018
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:57:54 AM »
Technical Issues
Jan 3, 2018

Head's Up!
From Amazon Headlines:
We are currently experiencing an issue affecting Sellers' ability to view newly created or edited listings in the Manage Inventory section of the Seller Account. This is not impacting the availability of product details on the website. (01/03 07:00 PDT)


I have experienced this sporadically for the last 3 days.
We all know that means changes are coming.
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U.S. FBA fee changes - effective February 22, 2018

As in previous years, FBA fees in the U.S. will be adjusted to reflect the changing costs of fulfillment, transportation, and customer service. The new fulfillment fees will take effect on February 22, 2018. We are notifying you now to give you time to plan for these changes.

FBA is introducing the following changes:

•   Fulfillment Fees: We will adjust our fulfillment fees for most product size tiers and weights. The adjusted fees will apply throughout the year, and we will no longer have a separate rate for October through December.
•   Dimensional Weight Calculation: We are adjusting the way we calculate dimensional weight to align with current industry standards. Currently, dimensional weight is calculated as the unit volume (based on length x width x height in inches) divided by 166. Effective February 22, 2018, we will calculate dimensional weight as the unit volume (based on length x width x height in inches) divided by 139 (instead of 166). The dimensional weight is only applicable for large standard-size items weighing more than 1 lb. and all small, medium, and large oversize items.

FBA inventory storage fees are not changing at this time.
We will announce changes to these fees in early 2018.

For complete details of the fee changes, visit www.amazon.com/fba-fee-changes
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* General Discussions / Domain AuctionSellersMotivators
« on: December 27, 2017, 11:15:34 AM »
Letting the domain go www.auctionsellersmotivators.com
 
This forum initially started way back when we were all doing eBay and other auction sites.
It was a wonderful alternative to the Sparedollar forums and was private by invitation only.
Memories.

I'm not paying to renew it.
Had thought of putting it up for sale on eBay (an auction site) as there are no takers on GoDaddy auctions.
Any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
Or if you want the domain, I'll give it to any of our longtime members.

Unless any of you would like to have the domain, I'm going to let it go.
I think I already have every domain forwarded over to this domain...but just in case.
Be sure to bookmark www.ecommercesellersmotivators.com
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Reserved Inventory Link
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:01:13 AM »
Have you ever wondered if an item in inventory is reserved for a sale, in transit to another warehouse or

Here's your link:
Amazon Reserved Inventory

Help / Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) / FBA business reports / Inventory Reports / Reserved Inventory

Inventory in reserved status may be tied to a customer order, in the process of being shipped between fulfillment centers, or sidelined at a fulfillment center for additional processing. The Reserved Inventory Report provides real-time data about the number of reserved units in your inventory. Units can be in reserved status for the following reasons:


Customer Order – These units are being used to fulfill customer orders.
FC Transfer – These units are being transferred from one fulfillment center to another to place the inventory closer to customers. Units in FC Transfer status are available for customers to buy. Customers may be shown a future ship date if no other units are available for immediate fulfillment. Transfers typically take 1-5 days to complete, but in some case may take up to 30 days.
FC Processing – These units have been sidelined at the fulfillment center for additional processing, such as verification of item dimensions and weight or pending investigations.
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Changes to Marketplace Tax Collections
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:30:07 AM »
Changes to Marketplace Tax Collections

Beginning on January 1, 2018, Amazon will calculate, collect, and remit sales tax on third-party seller sales shipped to Washington State.
Washington is the first state to enact legislation requiring online marketplaces, like Amazon, to collect sales tax on behalf of their third-party sellers.
We will automatically take these actions for your Washington orders; you don’t need to update your tax collection settings or account information.
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* Amazon Central / Baltimore Amazon Warehouse
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:47:38 AM »
I've had 2 boxes of inventory shipped to Baltimore Amazon Warehouse.
They have been delivered.
This is both verified on my Seller Dashboard, UPS, the warehouse and via Seller Support.

Oh, did I mention that December 1st and they have been sitting on Amazon's Baltimore Dock since the 1st of December?

I'm not alone.

Thread: Baltimore Warehouse

I've been advised to wait to file reconciliation until the 16th.
And we all know that often doesn't go as planned.

From the thread I learned something new.
Anyone know if you incur storage fees for packages that were delivered but not checked in?
Yes, you start paying for storage as soon as the box is marked delivered, I believe.


True?
I don't know but I'm asking Seller Support.

This happened to me last year and I fought it tooth and nail.
Shipment found in January and all my holiday seasonal items were placed into my inventory....way too late.

This doesn't bode well for me or my inventory. 
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* Amazon Central / Amazon Services LLC (beta)
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:13:14 AM »
I received an email from Amazon (yes I checked headers) yesterday that took me aback.
It stated my payment was on the way.
Wuhhhhht?
Payment drop amount was not the same as my seller dashboard.
Payment drop date was off.
Got with Amazon and they validated it was a legit payment drop.
I questioned it and received screenshots and a much more in depth explanation.

Amazon Services LLC (beta)
Business to Business sale by Amazon and is processed separately by Amazon.
The disbursement date may also be on a different date than your regular disbursement.
Amazon Services LLC makes the payments for transactions in which buyers agree to pay after the shipment of goods or completion of services."

I don't remember signing up for this or if I was given an opt out instead of a sign up.
I'm usually on top of these types of emails that are sign up for this service or opt out.

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Amazon has a new return dropoff location, Kohls, and its free for customers even if they pick "no longer needed" as a return reason

From Reddit Amazon Fulfilled:
I ordered something I didn't like and picked the return option "no longer needed" which usually means I pay for the return shipping back. But this time when printing the label, it gave me an option to return the item for free instead of paying for shipping by dropping it off at KOHLS.
If the public gets educated about this option, maybe it will cut down on the fake returns that people claim as "defective" or "damaged" simply because they wanted a free return label.
Spread the word


CANNOT CONFIRM!!!
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* Amazon Central / Amazon ODR Window Change? Nov 8 2017
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:26:24 AM »
Amazon Seller Forums ODR Window Change?

First poster of the thread:
It appears the ODR window has changed today - both short and long term now have the same end date (as of today, Nov 7th both are showing Nov 5th).

Anybody else?

Here is what I see:
Long Term ODR: Aug 8 - Nov 5
Short Term ODR: Sept 7 - Nov 5
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Amazon Just Slashed Prices. Here's What Third-Party Vendors Need to Know

Heard this yesterday on the news, meant to post earlier.
Sorry!


Amazon is forcing discounts on its third-party sellers. Hmmmmmm.
You'll need to click the link to read the entire piece....

"At first glance, we thought it was great," he said of the discount, which is being called Discount Provided by Amazon. But at a closer look, he realized it would mean "violating our seller agreement with every other marketplace that we sell on."

Amazon is trying to keep prices competitive with Wal-Mart and Dollar General, WSJ reports, especially as the holiday shopping season starts. Amazon is using the discounts on items sold by third-party vendors to match the prices offered by other retailers. Amazon covers the difference between its price discount and the normal price listed by independent vendors, which means vendors don't feel the discount. But, the price cut still could result in thousands of third-party vendors violating the minimum advertised price policies they signed with product manufacturers and brands, as well as pricing agreements they sign with other online marketplaces.
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* Amazon Central / New columns in Amazon order reports
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:56:01 PM »
New columns in Amazon order reports

Nov 2, 2017

We have added several columns to all types of order reports that you request.

The new columns are:
1.    is-business-order
2.    is-premium-order
3.    is-prime

If you use programmatic access to process reports, please check for any potential impacts.   We added these columns to provide a standard format for all your reports in all regions.
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* Amazon Central / Fee reduction: Fulfillment by Amazon Subscribe and Save
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:54:56 PM »
Fee reduction: Fulfillment by Amazon Subscribe and Save

Nov 2, 2017
To help sellers list more products and lower their costs, Amazon is offering a limited-time FBA fulfillment fee reduction on products enrolled and purchased through the free Subscribe & Save program. This fee promotion starts on November 28, 2017, and will run through November 27, 2018. During this promotion, sellers that offer a 15% Subscribe & Save discount on their products will receive a reduction of $1.25 per order on the FBA fulfillment fees for such products.
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