Amazon has just announced to its US, EU and UK sellers that it will no longer receive non-essential shipments of Fulfilment-by-Amazon (FBA) inventory. This is currently set to run until April 5th, 2020, but shipments that were created before March 17 2020, will still be received. In this article we’ll provide three alternatives to FBA you can use this time.
Therefore, unless your products fall into the essential categories, you will no longer be able to use Amazon’s FBA service to fulfil your orders at this time. According to Jungle Scout’s data, at least 53% of Amazon sellers are affected by this temporary pause. Nearly all third-party sellers sell through Amazon FBA, and only select sellers sell in the currently allowed categories.
This action has been taken due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, and is for Amazon to focus on fulfilling essential health, safety and household products that have high consumers demand during this time. This includes certain products in the following categories:
- Baby Products
- Health & Household
- Beauty & Personal Care (including personal care appliances)
- Industrial & Scientific
- Pet Supplies
So, what now? Alternatives to Amazon’s FBA
So, if you find yourself being affected by this change, you are probably asking yourself what you can do to continue getting your Amazon orders to your customers? This depends on which of the following categories you fall into.
If you have access to your stock, whether, in storage or your own warehouse, you have the option to start fulfiling your own orders. This is often referred to as Fulfilment-by-Merchant (FBM).
Integrating a shipping tool to your Amazon store can help make fulfiling orders a simple process. Sendcloud can directly connect to Amazon, importing and managing all your orders in one place and automatically creating shipping labels. With the software, you have the ability to instantly enable several different carriers, choosing from a multitude of shipping services with pre-negotiated prices. You can even arrange pick-ups for your prepared packages so you don’t need to worry about arranging any kind of transport or getting the packages to a drop-off point. Sign up for free and start shipping to your Amazon customers immediately.
If it isn’t feasible for you to fulfil your own orders, you could choose to use another 3PL (3rd party logistics provider) as an alternative to Amazon’s service. These companies will be able to help store your products, process your orders, pick and package the products and organise the delivery. Search for local 3PLs, or use a service like Ships-a-lot that can integrate directly with your shop system.
Alternatively, you can choose to temporarily work with dropshipping, or find new suppliers. Dropshipping will allow you to list products directly from the supplier’s listings into your Amazon store. Customers can purchase from you, then the suppliers will directly ship the product out. However, this option could result in longer delivery times, which can discourage customers. We’d recommend using a locally sourced supplier. Tools like Spocket source from suppliers in Europe and the US rather than Asia, which can cut your delivery times.
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