That time is upon us! Welcome to Q4! I know. If you’ve been following this blog, you already know what Q4 means. It is the time where we ramp up, send in as much of the stuff we’ve been finding over the past 9 months, and hope we sell before Amazon’s crazy storage fees kick in!
Dates to plan For – Sort’ve
Amazon hasn’t released this year’s dates, but using 2015 as a guide, you’ll want to make sure that your inventory arrives at Amazon by or before 9 November in order to be in stock for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.. Last year it was 11 November, but this year Thanksgiving is 2 days earlier.
You’ll want to make sure your inventory for delivery by Christmas is in by 2 December to be safe.
Box information becomes mandatory effective 1 November
Hello from Fulfillment by Amazon.
As a reminder, effective November 1, 2016, we will require sellers to provide box content information for each box sent to Amazon. By providing box content information, your products move through our fulfillment network more efficiently and become available for sale sooner. If you choose not to provide this information, Amazon will need to process your box contents manually for a fee of $0.15 per unit in November and December. The fee will be $0.10 per unit for January through October. If you provide box content information, you will not be charged this fee.
You will be able to provide box content information (including expiration dates, if applicable) using any one of the following methods:
- Entering the information into a web form in Seller Central
- Uploading an Excel-format or tab-delimited file into Seller Central
- Applying a 2D barcode with box content information to each box
- Uploading an XML file via Amazon Marketplace Web Services
Thank you for selling on Amazon.
The Fulfillment by Amazon team
This is less than fun, especially as we all ramp up for the business time of the year, but the fact remains, Amazon has taken their time in implementing this. Hopefully by November 1st, we’re all comfortable with it, and are not incurring a $0.15 per unit fee.
We are entering the busiest time of the year for resellers. Of course, this should also be the most lucrative time of the year for most resellers. It will be an exciting few months!
What are you doing to prepare for Q4, and how will you be maximizing the next two months?