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Starting 3.May, Amazon will be requiring valid tracking numbers for all orders

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On 15.February 2021, Amazon announced that over the next few months, they are planning to drastically change the way how shipments of orders are confirmed.

Beginning 3.May 2021, Amazon will validate tracking details (including carrier name and tracking ID) for all seller-fulfilled orders, and show warnings for invalid tracking details.

This shouldn’t cause any problems for local sellers who can purchase shipping from Amazon or use a carrier integrated with the company’s software, such as Royal Mail, FedEx or DHL.

However, many third party Amazon sellers are based in small countries such as Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece or Israel, which don’t have a local Amazon website and their country’s carriers aren’t recognized by Amazon.

It is a mystery what will happen with these merchants who will be unable to provide tracking details which Amazon will validate.

Amazon’s new policy is very likely to cause disruption to thousands of small businesses across the world.

Here you can read the full announcement in the Seller Central by the company:

Upcoming changes in shipment confirmation

To improve the delivery experience of seller-fulfilled orders for our customers, we want to ensure customers can see detailed shipment tracking information wherever possible.
We have found that this also reduces customer contacts, order-related defects, and lost-shipment costs, while improving seller feedback ratings.
What is the new requirement?
Today, for seller-fulfilled orders, you are required to provide the carrier name when you confirm shipment through the Manage Orders page on Seller Central. We are making the following changes to the shipment confirmation process:
Beginning April 5, 2021, you will be required to provide the carrier name (that is, the carrier-code field) when you confirm shipments via bulk feeds, APIs, or integrators. Some of the commonly used carrier names are USPS, UPS, and FedEx.
Beginning May 3, 2021, Amazon will validate tracking details (including carrier name and tracking ID) for all seller-fulfilled orders, and show warnings for invalid tracking details.

Frequently asked questions

How do I enter the carrier name?In order to provide the carrier name during shipment confirmation, do the following:
When using Manage Orders on Seller Central, select the carrier name from the drop-down list. If you don’t see your carrier listed in the drop-down list, select ‘Other’ and input the carrier name in the text field. We will add more carriers over time.
When using bulk feeds or APIs, provide the carrier-code (‘CarrierCode’ for APIs) during shipment confirmation for each order. If you are using an unlisted carrier, set the carrier code as ‘Other’ and then provide the carrier name in the carrier-name field (‘CarrierName’ for APIs). To learn more about the carrier-code and carrier-name fields, see here.
Note: If you are using an integrator, work with your integrator to ensure the carrier details are provided to us when confirming a shipment.
When using Buy Shipping, there is no action required. We automatically collect data on carriers and ship methods used through Buy Shipping.

What happens if I provide an incorrect tracking ID during shipment confirmation?During the shipment confirmation process, you will receive a warning message “Please enter a valid tracking ID to confirm shipment.” Once you have entered a valid tracking ID, you will be able to confirm your shipment.
Do I need to provide shipping service (or ship method) details during the shipment confirmation process?Shipping service (or ship method) details are not required to confirm a shipment, but we highly recommend that you provide these details. This helps Amazon to provide accurate shipment tracking information to customers.

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What is Customer Service by Amazon (“CSBA”)? 

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Recently, Amazon launched a new service for their third party sellers called Customer Service by Amazon (“CSBA”). Is is basically an option for FBM (Fulfilled by Merchant” sellers to have Amazon manage all of their customer service.

It is a paid service, which is currently only offered on selected Amazon marketplaces. To be able to enroll, you need to have a Professional Selling Account in a good standing.

Here are the full CSBA Program Requirements:

  1. Enrollment: To enroll in CSBA, your account must be created on Amazon.com and be a professional selling account in good standing. We will notify you when your enrollment in CSBA is complete and will begin to provide customer services on your behalf after your enrollment is completed.
  2. CSBA Units: CSBA will provide customer service for units that you fulfilled yourself (“CSBA Units”). CSBA will not provide customer service for any non-CSBA Units, including those fulfilled by Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) or Seller-Fulfilled Prime. We will provide customer services for CSBA Units in orders placed while you are enrolled in CSBA. If an order contains both CSBA Units and non-CSBA Units, CSBA will provide customer service only for CSBA Units.
  3. Amazon-Provided Customer Service: We will be responsible for all customer service issues relating to shipment and customer returns, refunds, and adjustments related to CSBA Units. We will determine whether a customer will receive a refund, adjustment, or replacement for any CSBA Unit, and you agree to be bound by our decisions. You also consent to deductions against your seller accounts for our decisions to allow returns or refunds.
  4. No Interference with Amazon Customer Service: You may not interfere with any communication between customers and us and you may not instruct us on how to specifically address a customer’s issues. Communications between us and customers for customer service are not recorded in Seller Central and cannot be viewed by you.
  5. Information from You: We will need information from you relating to CSBA Units to provide customer service, including information required in subsections (6)-(9). If you fail to provide information or provide wrong or incomplete information for them, we may take any measures to respond to the customer, determined by us in our discretion to best serve the customer, including cancelling or refunding the order.
  6. Valid Contact Information: We may contact you for information to respond to customer questions by email, telephone, or other means as needed. You must provide valid and current contact information to us and update it immediately in case of change.
  7. 24-Hour Response Time: When we contact you for CSBA inquiries, you must respond with complete and accurate information within 24 hours (including weekends and holidays).
  8. Tracking Numbers for Orders: You must enter a traceable order tracking number provided by the shipping carrier at the time you confirm the order shipment.
  9. Valid Return Address: You must provide a valid return address and ensure this return address is capable of accepting customer returns.

The CSBA fee is around $0.10 per customer message. Here you can review the full CSBA fee schedule: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/help/hub/reference/G92LV47D9LP2MXEF

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Watch out! Amazon will be auto-destroying aged FBA inventory! 

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Recently, Amazon introduced a new measure aimed to reduce the amount of slow-selling FBA Inventory belonging to third party sellers, which are stored in their warehouses.

Any units of inventory, which Amazon considers to be aged will be automatically destroyed at the seller’s expense!

The following inventory is subject to automated removal:

  • Units that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 365 days and that are subject to long-term storage fees
  • Units of ASINs that haven’t sold in six or more consecutive months and that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 180 days

Since Amazon requires a local return address for FBA Inventory removals, if you are based outside of the marketplaces, where your stock is stored, you risk having it automatically destroyed, unless you have a local return address on file for such removals.

Amazon’s default Automated Aged Inventory Removal setting is disposal, so you should immediately go and check your settings.

Here is a screenshot of Amazon’s e-mail announcement regarding the matter:

Here is a copy of the full wording in English:

Your aging inventory is at risk of disposal

Hello,

You currently have units of aging inventory that are at risk of immediate automated removal and disposal.

For the past several months, we’ve been reaching out to inform you that the following inventory will be automatically disposed:

Units that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 365 days and that are subject to long-term storage fees
Units of ASINs that haven’t sold in six or more consecutive months and that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 180 days
Go to Manage Inventory Health to see the units that will be subject to immediate or upcoming automated disposal.

If you don’t update your settings to manage your aging inventory, Amazon may dispose of these units in the manner we deem appropriate. We may also retain any proceeds from the disposal. 

Go to Automated fulfillable inventory settings to choose how to manage aging inventory: 
Select Return and enter a valid return address to have your inventory returned to you. Due to the high volume of requests during this period, it may take up to 90 days to process the return of your inventory. To avoid further delays, make sure that returns are accepted when delivered to your address.
Select Liquidation to recover value from your eligible products.
Select Disable to opt out of automated removals at any time.

The Fulfillment by Amazon team

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Amazon launches Small Business badges available to Handmade Sellers

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Recently, Amazon started displaying ”Small Business” badges and supplementary wording next to offers from storefronts belonging to Amazon Handmade merchants:

”Shop products from small business brands sold in Amazon’s store. Discover more about the small businesses partnering with Amazon and Amazon’s commitment to empowering them.”

Currently, there is no option for sellers to opt in and only selected accounts are eligible for this badge. A page with more information can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/b?node=18018208011&ref=sbp_dpb_01B

Here you can view a screenshot of the badge being displayed:

Here is a screenshot of the page with information:

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