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Amazon FBA Seller News – May 17th, 2019

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Seller chatter

On May 16th, 2019, Amazon (through it’s Seller Forum) published its new reimbursement policy for fees charged using inaccurate weight or dimensions:

“To provide a consistent experience for sellers, Amazon has standardized the time frame for requesting reimbursement of FBA fees charged using inaccurate weight or dimensions. Sellers now have 90 days from the date a fee was charged to gather the required documentation and ask Amazon to investigate whether its measurements of a product are accurate. For more information about submitting a request and the documentation to provide, visit FBA fees reimbursement policy: Weight and dimensions.” – Amazon Services Seller Forums


Again, through it’s Seller Forum, Amazon announced on May 9th, 2019, that it will be removing generic size charts and replacing them with brand-specific size charts:

“In May, we are removing Amazon’s generic size charts from product detail pages on Amazon.com and replacing them with brand-specific size charts. If you are a Brand Registered Seller, we recommend that you contact Seller Support to create a brand-specific size chart for each Product Type. Brand-specific size charts provide detailed measurement information for customers to ensure a product will fit. This will improve the customer experience and help reduce size-related returns. Refer to Brand-specific size charts90 for instructions on how to create and upload a brand-specific size chart.” – Amazon Services Seller Forums


Ed Rosenberg, founder of Amazon Sellers Group, shared the following notice from Amazon:

“Hello from Fulfillment by Amazon,

We are writing to inform you that effective June 1st, 2019 you will be required to approve all multi-destination shipments for shipping plans created using Amazon’s Marketplace Web Service API.

When using the MWS API, your inventory may be split into multiple shipments so that items can be optimally spread across Amazon’s fulfillment network.

When multiple shipments are created you will be required to approve all shipments in the plan, and ship inventory according to each shipment plan. You will not be permitted to ignore, delete, or abandon units in any shipping plan.” – Ed Rosenberg


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Amazon FBA news this week

Need to know for Amazon FBA Sellers

  1. Amazon is charging more for sellers to promote big discounts on Prime Day – CNBC
  2. Amazon mistakenly told some sellers that it’s now blocking ads with ‘religious content’ – CNBC
  3. Amazon is junking potentially millions of unsold goods, including TVs and toys, in a ‘destruction’ zone – Business Insider

Also of interest:

  1. Among the world’s 20 fastest growing retailers, Amazon just ranks at No. 4 – USA Today
  2. Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs – Reuters
  3. Adobe ties up with Amazon to build D2C stores powered by Amazon’s commerce and fulfillment tools – TechCrunch
  4. 40% of merchants on Amazon based in China – Marketplace Pulse
  5. Jeff Bezos breaks ground on $1.5 billion Amazon air hub near Cincinnati – Market Wacth
  6. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reveals $900 million Amazon stake – CNBC
  7. Amazon-owned Whole Foods buoys crypto by accepting bitcoin – CCN
  8. Walmart blows Amazon out of the water with its own free, next-day delivery – Business Insider

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