FedEx added as an Amazon discounted Partnered Carrier
FBA storage fee changes
Daily Payouts coming soon!

FedEx added as an Amazon discounted Partnered Carrier

For years, FBA sellers have had one option when it came to getting a discounted rate to ship their inventory to Amazon – UPS.

As of this morning though some sellers (myself included) are reporting that FedEx is starting to show up as an option in seller central.



I’m sure that one of the first questions that people are going to be asking is “How do the shipping prices compare?” and I’m happy to say that based on preliminary checking it looks like FedEx is going to be competitively priced or even cheaper than the rates that UPS offers.

Here’s the cost for a 20 pound 18x18x16 box shipped via FedEx from Denver to St Louis

FedEx 20 pound 18x18x16 box

And here’s the cost for the same 20 pound 18x18x16 box shipped via UPS from Denver to St Louis

I did a test run with a small 1lb package that I needed to send this morning and it went off without a hitch and about $1.50 cheaper via FedEx than UPS. My FedEx guy just happened to be coming by to drop off a shipment of boxes and happily took it with him. I briefly chatted with him about how Amazon had just added FedEx as a carrier and that he might be seeing more of me. He mentioned that FedEx has daily pickup options that he thinks are $11 a week. Sadly after doing a bit of research it looks like it’s more along the lines of $25 a week for daily pickups OR a per package fee if you just schedule them when you need them.

My First FedEx Pickup!

My First FedEx Pickup!

Anyone have any past experience with FedEx good or bad? How does the shipping speed ofFedEx ground compare to UPS ground?

FBA storage fee changes

Over the past several months we Sunday have seen a lot of changes from Amazon with their fee structure that were obviously aimed towards helping clean out their Stop packed warehouses. The free removals of inventory in April allowed a lot of sellers to remove slow-moving inventory and I’ve been planning around the upcoming raise in FBA fulfillment fees for a while now.

One of the great things about Amazon’s long-term storage fees is that if you have just one unit of a particular item in stock then they were exempt from the long term storage fees. This has been soon! great for me with some collectibles that I have in stock. They take a very long time to sell but the profit margins are Lace worth waiting for. Moving forward I’m going to have to take those long-term storage fees into account.

As Amazon sellers, we are going to have to really consider certain items included in our inventory and the impact that the fees will have on our profits.

Below is the announcement from Amazon. They will be offering free removals for items that would be effected until October 14, 2016, and the fee change will not take effect until February 2017. August I may pull a few items out during the free period, but most of them I will be keeping in the warehouse until after the Christmas rush. I am confident my collectibles will make it worth the potential fees.



Hello from Fulfillment by Amazon.

FBA remains dedicated to supporting your growth and ensuring that our fulfillment centers have the right quantity of products. Our fulfillment centers contain millions of units that have remained in storage for an extended time without selling.

In the past, one unit of each ASIN in storage has been exempt from the twice-annual Long-Term Storage Fee. Effective with theFebruary 15, 2017, Long-Term Storage Fee assessment, this exemption will end. A Long-Term Storage Fee will be assessed on all inventory that has been in a U.S. fulfillment center for six months or more. There are  no additional changes to the Long-Term Storage Fee at this time, other than there will no longer be a single-unit exemption effective February 15, 2017.

You can, however, remove these units for free: Starting today,September 19, 2016, we will reimburse you for the return fee or disposal fee for one unit of every ASIN for which you file a removal order. This promotion applies to inventory in U.S. or Canada fulfillment centers and expires end of day October 14, 2016, after which time normal removal-order fees will apply.

Learn more about free removals (sign-in required).

If you have an ASIN in do? inventory that has not moved for some time, this is an opportunity to avoid future fees. Please note:

  • Long-Term Storage Fees will apply to all units that remain in U.S. fulfillment centers for six to 12 months ($11.25 per cubic foot) or 12 months or more ($22.50 per cubic foot). Learn more
  • Monthly Inventory Storage Fees will increase onNovember 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. Learn more
  • Weight Handling Fees will be reduced for all items shipped in November and December. These reduced fees are designed to offset the increase in monthly storage fees for sellers who reduce or sell through inventory. Learn more

Use the new Storage Fee Comparison Report in Seller Central (sign-in required) to compare your fees for ASINs sold from October to December 2015 to the storage and weight-handling fees you would pay for them in October through December 2016.

How will free removals work?

You can create a removal order from the Manage Inventory, Inventory Age or Recommended Removals page in Seller Central. Learn more about removing inventory (sign-in required).

Note that removals and reimbursements during peak and promotional periods may take longer than the standard 10 to 14 days to process.

How can I check my inventory levels?

You can identify your aged inventory and sales data on the Inventory Age page in Seller Central (sign-in required). Use the Inventory Health report or available-quantity(sellable) column Services in the downloadable version of the Inventory Age report to identify ASINs with one unit of inventory. The Manage Excess Inventory page (sign-in required) also can help you identify inventory with greater-than-desired days of supply.

Thank you for using Fulfillment by Amazon.


The Fulfillment by Amazon Team


Daily Payouts coming soon!

Two weeks is way too long to wait for a payout for many sellers, especially those just starting out wanting to re-invest their profits. I’m happy to say that it’s come to my attention that Amazon is in the process of changing those restrictions by allowing withdrawals every 24 hours!

A friend of mine was talking to  Seller Support about a large pending balance recently when they dropped quite a bombshell on him by telling him that sometime in the next couple weeks he’d have the option to start requesting daily payouts. When he told a few of us about this a mad scramble to verify it ensued and based on several conversations with seller support this is the information that we obtained.

  1. Yes, the option to request payouts once every 24 hours is coming soon!
  2. Sadly, not everyone will have access to it. New sellers that signed up July 1st, 2016 or later will be the first ones to have access to this feature.
  3. There is currently no timeframe for when sellers that signed up before July 1st will have access to this feature but it is coming.
  4. There may be limitations on what money you can withdraw based on the delivery timeframe of the item. A couple different support agents mentioned something about the amount that you are able to withdraw being subject to some sort of 7 day window from estimated delivery date but it’s exact impact on withdrawals is unclear at this time.

UPDATE – Having spoken to a new seller who has access to this feature we have a bit of clarity on what the 7 day window mentioned above actually entails. It appears that you are allowed to make daily payout requests but restricted to sales that happened at least 7 days ago.

Thanks for the further information Michelle!

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While the same information has come from several different seller support agents it does remain to be seen if this is actually implemented. After all, my support rep was named, I kid you not “Cinderella”.

Cinderella with Seller Support

Another rep put it this way.

“If your account is eligible, you will see a “Request Transfer” button to initiate a payment to your bank account. You have the option to use this button once every 24 hours. Keep in mind that your next automatic settlement  date will be reset to 7 days after the date you push that button.”

Since I’ve been selling on Amazon since January of 2015 this news doesn’t have an immediate impact on me but I’m glad to see Amazon start to move towards paying out more often as it will help a lot of folks build their Amazon empire quicker!

If you are a seller that signed up sometime AFTER July 1st of this year please check your account and see if the “withdraw now” option is showing up in your account and comment here if it is. To get to the page from seller central click on “Reports” then “Payments” and see if you have the “Request Transfer” button on that page.





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