One of the most exciting aspects of Linn Academy this year was the Amazon Shipping stand and Amazon Shipping workshop. Amazon Shipping has only just launched in the UK and merchants were keen to understand what the proposition was and if it would save them money and be an effective option for their businesses.
What does Amazon Shipping offer?
Next day delivery
Generally you can expect packages to be delivered the day following pick up.
No extra fees, no surprises
Amazon shipping don’t charge fees for residential deliveries, peak fees, fuel surcharge or to deliver on weekends.
Amazon promise an easy claims process and fast reimbursement.
Process more orders
Amazon say they have free tools to help you pick, pack and ship orders faster.
One shipping service for all your needs
Amazon are positioning their service not just for Amazon orders, but for all your orders from your website and other channels as well. One question that’s not been answered yet is if eBay will add Amazon Shipping as a courier for tracking and accept their delivery confirmation for the eBay on-time shipping metric.
Amazon Shipping APIs offer low latency and simple set up… but even easier is to use Linnworks who have a full integration ready to go.
Rates will vary according to your shipping profile and volumes, but you can get a quote and start shipping within days.
Your collection time will be within a predictable collection window and Amazon will agree a collection window at least 90 minutes after your cut off time for next day delivery so that you have time to process orders. If 90 minutes isn’t sufficient then you’ll want to consider your cut off times to ensure you can process orders ready for collection.
Amazon offer loose and palletised collections. Depending on size and volumes you may have to palletise shipments.
Three ways to purchase Amazon Shipping labels
- Directly from the Amazon Shipping website at ship.amazon.co.uk
- On Amazon Seller Central
- Using the Amazon Shipping API or with partnering integrators such as Linnworks (Sign up here, You do not need to be a current Linnworks customer to get started.)
Amazon Shipping package sizes and rates
Amazon split their service into five different tiers depending on package size
|up to 35.3 x 35 x 2.5 cm
|up to 45 x 35 x 16 cm
|up to 50 x 40 x 30 cm
|up to 61 x 46 x 46 cm
|up to 120 x 60 x 60 cm
You will need to request individual rates from Amazon at ship.amazon.co.uk/requestinfo, but to give you a flavour we spoke to a couple of retailers who had indicative rates and Large Letters were priced in the region of £1.50 with Large Parcels (up to 23kg) at under a fiver. The safest bet is to consider these prices as within a range and your exact prices could be higher or lower, but the one thing that is certain is that the prices are competitive.
Whether you are interested in using Amazon Shipping as your exclusive courier or in conjunction with other carriers, now is the time to discover what rates they can offer you so that you can test, integrate and get set up before the busy Q4 period.