Amazon is making moves to ensure its shipments are received quickly and accurately. Beginning on November 1, the company will mandate that box content information is included by all Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) sellers for every box sent to a fulfillment center. If the information isn’t provided or supported by shipping processes, Amazon will charge $0.15 per unit through December; the fee will become $0.10 from January to October 2017.
Sellers can avoid this fee by providing box content information with every shipment. Previously an optional addition, box content information includes the unit quantity of each SKU per box, applicable expiration dates, and box weight and dimensions. Sellers have four options for providing this data:
- Enter the information into a web form in Amazon Seller Central.
- Upload an Excel-format or tab-delimited file into Seller Central.
- Apply a 2D barcode with box content information to each box.
- Upload an .XML file via Amazon Marketplace Web Services.
As you assemble your next shipment, you can now upload the box content information form directly to Teikametrics, then use the template to fill in the number of units per box and any other relevant information for every shipment. After this information is uploaded again into the Teikametrics interface, we’ll send it to Amazon, enabling sellers to continue fulfilling shipments as usual.
With provided box content information provided by sellers, products move through Amazon’s fulfillment network more efficiently and become available for sale sooner, reducing this period of time from two to three weeks to a matter of days, which adds some incentive for sellers to adapt the new guidelines. Sellers that are currently providing box content information see their shipments received faster, and experience an overall increase in the accuracy of their inventory records. Although getting used to any new process can take time and dedicated energy, in the long run, Amazon’s new box content policy will likely pay off for sellers and customers alike.
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