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10/08/2011

Important Update about the Long Term Storage Programme – Report enhancements to help you effectively manage your inventory

In May we announced the semi-annual Inventory Cleanup coming in August. This has generated a lot of discussion about how this change will affect sellers. To address those concerns we would like to focus specifically on two new features that will help you manage your inventory. First, we have enhanced the Inventory Health Report to help you better identify what inventory to take action on.  Second, we have launched a Recommended Removals Report, to make it easier for you to create a Removal order for your inventory.

Estimate Long-Term Storage Fee with the Inventory Health Report

After launching the Inventory Health Report in May, many sellers commented on how valuable this report is and provided suggestions for ways to improve it. Our recent update of the report incorporates two primary changes that sellers requested to improve its usefulness.

First, we have added new columns to provide more insight into how much ageing inventory will be assessed the Long-Term Storage Fee and what the cost will be for the Inventory Cleanup in August (assuming no  further sales of your inventory). This version of the report now shows you specifically how many Units of each product will be assessed the Long-Term Storage Fee (i.e., the number of Units that will have been in the fulfilment centres for 365 days  or longer on August 15, 2011) and the projected fee applied to each product if a  removal request has not been placed prior to the next Inventory Cleanup event.

Another requested addition was a field that would enable sellers to compare their prices to other sellers' matching listings. The fields "your-price" and  "sales-price" are now available, so you can see how your prices measure up to other FBA listings and non-FBA listing for both new and used products.

We also have added an online version of the report. By trimming down the 41 comprehensive fields available in the downloadable report to 18 fields, we have focused the online version on the information that is most frequently requested by sellers. We will be retiring the Inventory Age Report shortly; the Inventory Health Report is now the preferred source of inventory health data including age information. If you have been using the Inventory Age Report, you should move to the Inventory Health Report by August 15, 2011.

Learn more about the Inventory Health Report.   

Comments

IT support, London - 12/10/11 message on unrealist postal rates for Sellers.

I so agree, I just sold a book to Sweden and it cost me £9.76 and the pricing fixed by Amazon was 4.03 or something like that, which is totally unrealistic.

It is also impossible to seen anything to any buyer other than SignedFor , as there are too many people claiming alleged non receipt and are complaining to Amazon so they get a rebate. The fact is that they received the item plus a rebate, nice scam if you can get away with it and they do.

Amazon gave me a snooty response, when I mentioned this to them, that I should allow this in my pricing. How am I supposed to know in advanced, if the next customer is from somewhere in Europe or the UK. That would mean I would be ripping of British people and I think they get ripped off enough by the wholesale and retail trade.

I am not a retail outlet, that sells hundred of book a day to be able to afford warehousing facility Amazon offers. If I am lucky I maybe selling 1 book every three months

I read your blog. Thanks for updated it. Report cost is depends on unit sells or other factors. Please gives details.

As there appears to be nowhere to contact Amazon on site I thought it best to add a comment. Re: Seller program and postage rates.

It is about time Amazon updated the postage costings for sellers. I've just sold a book to someone in London and the amount Amazon allowed on postage was £2.80 the actual cost of Royal Mail standard delivery was £7.60. A HUGE difference and one that erodes the nature of the seller program. Massive companies like Amazon may get special discounting for postage but as an individual seller, that does not apply.

It would be good PR if you took time out and looked at the postage prices across the board and had a system that was fairer and less restrictive.

Thanks.

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