Category Archives: Logistics

Understanding the Amazon Inventory Index – The Magic Score of 350

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether inventory will be limited, and when the magic date comes into effect for FBA inventory limitations. With the new FBA Inventory Storage Limits, if your Inventory Performance Index is less than 350 for six weeks before the end of a quarter you will be notified of your potential storage limits. If your score is still less than 350 on the final day of the quarter, the limits will apply for the next quarter. This means that your score of less than 350 for six consecutive weeks before the current quarter ends and at the end of the current quarter will have a limited storage.

In order for your FBA Inventory Storage Limits to be unlimited, you may need to maintain your score of 350 or greater than for standard-size, oversize, apparel, and footwear items. You will only have storage limits if your Inventory Performance Index score is less than 350 six weeks before the end of the current quarter and on the last day of the current quarter. In this example, you would not have storage limits if your score is more than 350 first score check which is six weeks before the quarter ended or the final score check.

Quarterly storage limits are based on 1) your sales volume, 2) your historical Inventory Performance Index scores, and 3) available fulfillment center capacity. Sellers with consistently higher scores will receive higher storage limits, adjusted for sales volume and available capacity. When setting limits for an upcoming quarter, both your recent sales volume and seasonal volume from the last year are considered.

Seller Central Help File: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/GXLRKWL8L5BMSHWB?referral=A3TI3F8839JJFF_A2VMNEEYCY3YGZ

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How to create a FBA shipment in Amazon Seller Central

Amazon continues to change how you do shipments for FBA. In the last year alone they’ve added the following options:

  1. Prep services
  2. Labeling services.
  3. Hazmat roadblocks
  4. A new shipping index score that impacts storage limits July 1, 2018

Amazon has even started forcing categories like Beauty to all use Amazon labels, tracking all inventory back to root seller instead of commingling.

In this video I walk through a basic shipping plan. If you’ve never made an FBA shipment before, or you’re rusty, it’s a great tutorial to navigate the ever changing Amazon ecosystem.

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Logistics Expert Interview – What Amazon Sellers Need to Know About Importing?

Questions discussed in this video:

  • What does every Amazon seller need to know about importing?
  • How long does it take?
  • What problems come up?
  • Quality control issues
  • Private labelers selling on Amazon, should you hire a logistics expert?

My guest Ruby can be reached at mayford2@gmail.com. Ruby has been doing logistics and importing for 20 years.

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Ecommerce from Home – Pallet Mistakes, Rain, Delays, and Makeshift Warehousing in Your Basement/Garage

So I’ve been side hustling eCommerce for a few years now, growing my own Amazon business www.melioragoods.com and other self made businesses, and also consulting to help others build their Amazon businesses. Today I pulled out my cell phone and took this video because I just couldn’t help but laugh at myself. I had a pallet arrive, it’s raining, I have to haul these boxes into my basement one by one and try to keep them dry. I have a second pallet waiting for pickup that has been delayed. This is the life of ecommerce from home, be prepared to have a pallet show up unexpectedly at your house. Be prepared to have a pallet waiting in your driveway or garage. Where are you going to put this stuff? The garage? The basement? Be prepared…

 

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