Beginning April 28, 2022, Amazon FBA sellers will be seeing increased FBA fees - a fuel and inflation surcharge of approximately 5%.
This change stems from Amazon's activity through the pandemic in the last couple of years. Amazon's latest announcement reiterates its support for selling partners and customers:
They also cited that they absorbed financial increases during the pandemic to help reduce the impact on FBA sellers. However, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease and activities gradually go back to normal, the FBA prices will continue to rise due to fuel inflation.
Due to this, Amazon opts to impose a surcharge rate instead of a permanent one to adjust to fluctuating fuel prices changes.
If you're struggling to produce creative assets for your Amazon listings, this might be the update to help you change your luck.
High-quality creative assets are critical on Amazon. Of course, the main image is your hook to entice shoppers to click on your products, which is why sellers are constantly looking for resources to help produce them.
The e-commerce giant addressed these pain points when it launched Amazon Creative Services, a platform to discover, compare, and book directly with trusted service providers. As a result, all deliverables from these providers are compliant with Amazon's policies and impactful enough to draw customers.
The feature includes:
It may sound absurd, but it seems Amazon is receiving claims of sellers entering customers' homes to deliver orders. Although this is yet to be verified, there is definite confusion as to why Amazon made this strange statement on Seller Forums.
In this announcement, Amazon says that beginning May 15, 2022, they will be imposing a home-entry compliance enforcement policy. This policy emphasizes delivering parcels only to the customer's porch, driveway, or garage.
This statement applies more so to Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM) orders or those fulfilled locally, including Buy Online Pick Up In-Store Program (BOPIS) and Local Selling.
According to Amazon, sellers are not allowed to go inside customer's homes unless they meet the following conditions:
Failure to comply with these policies will warrant a violation that may restrict your ability to sell using Amazon's seller-fulfilled shipping.
If you're selling on Amazon, you might feel like you're at the world's top in terms of online marketplaces. Getting comfortable on this platform is way too easy to do when you have such an accessible audience. After all, Amazon is the largest e-commerce platform out there.
To maximize your selling opportunity, it's essential to recognize the other e-commerce routes available. An excellent way to increase your exposure is by diversifying your marketplaces by listing them on different e-commerce platforms.
Your customers are everywhere: As a seller, it's your responsibility to find where your audience is. If they are not on Amazon and prefer shopping on platforms like Walmart, you should be open to selling on that marketplace. Cater to your audience and increase your exposure by being accessible to your target market.
Lower your risk profile: When selling on a single platform, you become dependent on their resources and bound to their policy. If procedures change or there is an interruption to their operations, this affects you and your only selling channel. Taking advantage of multiple platforms allows you to spread the risk and keep your brand and business running.