Here is your midweek jetpack of Amazon seller news, updates, and other useful clicks for your e-commerce business…
Amazon Launching 1-Hour Drone Delivery for Prime Customers
Well…it’s happening. Lockeford, CA will be the first test city for Amazon Prime Air, followed by College Station, TX.
As this service expands throughout the years, e-commerce through the Amazon marketplace will exponentially explode in growth.
Think about the velocity of moving inventory when people can get things within one hour of ordering. Try not to think about the drones reprogramming themselves and taking over the world. 🤯
Tips for Offsetting the Q4 Fulfillment Fee Increase
If you haven’t heard, there is a dreaded Q4 fulfillment fee increase this year which will take place between October 15th and January 14th. This increase is in addition to the 5.2% uptick in FBA fees last January, and the 5% fuel and inflation surcharge last April.
We’ve curated a few great resources to help you understand and offset the neverending Amazon beanstalk of growing fees:
- 2022 Amazon FBA Q4 Fee Increases: What to Do? Don’t Panic!
- 8 Tips to Lower Amazon FBA Fees (scroll to bottom of article)
- Full-Time FBA Podcast: Ep. 150: Top Online Arbitrage Mistakes to Avoid
RevSeller Adds “Peak Rate” Option for Q4 Fee Estimates
If you are a RevSeller user, they’ve now added a “peak rate” toggle for including the new Q4 fulfillment fee increase in your FBA fee calculations.
If you don’t have RevSeller, you can try it here free. Coupon code REVFBA20 also gets you $20 off your first year.
Amazon Experimenting UPS as Option for Seller-Fulfilled Returns (FBM Only)
From September 5 to October 2, buyers will have the option to select USPS or UPS when they submit their seller-fulfilled returns.
In the announcement, Amazon states “This can impact the label cost for sellers and you can claim a refund for the difference between the UPS and USPS shipping costs.”
Sellers are in an uproar over the fear of increased return fees and Amazon’s suggestion of a manual refund claim for the difference in price.
Is it wishful thinking to assume Amazon’s world-class algorithms cannot automatically track and refund sellers for the difference? Hmm…
Ban Lifted on Some Dietary Supplements
Amazon recently lifted its restriction on products that contain N-acetyl-L-cysteine like eye-health supplements and allergy supplements. Approved sellers may now list products containing this ingredient as long as the listings are in full compliance with all applicable Amazon policies for the sale of dietary supplements.
The profit potential of supplements is always enticing. If you haven’t been approved to sell in this category, check out this helpful guide.
3P Service Providers to Grace Amazon Accelerate 2022 (and it’s free!)
Sellers attending Amazon Accelerate on September 14-15 at the Seattle Convention Center will have an opportunity to learn not only from Amazon, but also various 3P service providers about the latest products, tools, and resources for growing an Amazon business.
The 2-day conference will provide in-depth talks and live Q&A sessions on various selling topics. Serena Williams is the guest speaker.
Tickets are $499, but you can attend virtually for ABSOLUTELY FREE. Woot Woot. Register now if you’re interested.
eComEngine 2022 Seller Awards
Nominations are now open for eComEngine’s 2022 Seller Awards. Several industry awards are up for grabs, and over $10K in cash and prizes are to be given to award-winning Amazon sellers. Oh, and all nominees get a cool t-shirt too.
Nominate a fellow seller (or even yourself?!)
Other Quick Clicks
- InventoryLab increasing subscription prices Sep 22
- Amazon closing or delaying 9 California warehouses
- Amazon hopes to inspire consumers to shop Tik-Tok style
- Amazon plans to acquire One Medical in Big Tech’s latest bet on healthcare
- How Amazon’s continued expansion into healthcare could buoy the sector
- 7 companies Amazon should acquire next
- Amazon Prime Cancellation Lawsuit: Jeff Bezos, Andy Jassy fights not to testify on case
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