Amazon says it recognizes the significance of expediting the receiving and shipment processes at its fulfillment centers. Therefore, starting from April 24 to May 2, 2023, the company is introducing a new Send to Amazon requirement to facilitate faster stocking of merchandise.
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Upon creating a shipment, Amazon will request that third-party selling partners specify a “delivery window,” denoting an approximate date range for the anticipated arrival of the inbound shipment at its fulfillment center.
Starting April 24, 2023, if sellers opt for a non-partnered carrier for small parcels or less-than-truckload shipments, it will be mandatory for sellers to specify a delivery window when using Send to Amazon.
However, if sellers choose to employ an Amazon-partnered carrier or Amazon Global Logistics, no additional action is necessary, as the carrier will supply Amazon with the relevant information regarding the arrival of the seller’s shipment.
To account for the fluctuation in transportation lead times, Amazon will require sellers to designate a delivery window of seven days for domestic shipments and 14 days for cross-border shipments with extended lead times (i.e., August 1-14).
Sellers can modify the shipping arrangements by revising the details up to the start of the delivery window via the Tracking details section on Send to Amazon.
Shipment performance will be closely monitored through the Shipping Queue, and if a shipment arrives before or after the designated delivery window, Amazon will promptly notify sellers.
This will enable selling partners to collaborate with their carriers and provide more precise estimates for future shipments.
To learn more about this new requirement, go to Send to Amazon: Delivery window (Seller Account Required). Sellers are also encouraged to attend the company’s Ask Amazon event on June 6, 2023, to speak with one of the company’s experts.
Amazon Prime Day Shipments
Sellers that plan to stock up inventory ahead of this year’s Prime Day, Amazon announced a few weeks ago that inventory must be received by June 15, 2023. In addition, sellers must also have their Prime Day deals created by April 28, 2023.
The date of Prime Day has not been officially revealed, but it’s believed to be around July 11 and 12, 2023.
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