Amazon Shipping are announcing that they are open for business for all online retailers whether they sell on Amazon or not. Senior Business Development Manager of Amazon Shipping, Freddie Coleridge posted on LinkedIn offering seven day a week pickups and saying “Businesses can use Amazon Shipping for orders made on Amazon, as well as own website and other ecommerce channels”.
For those that have used Amazon Shipping already, perhaps to fulfil Amazon sales, qualify for Seller fulfilled Prime, or for sales from other venues, there are some pros and cons to the service.
The pros are that pricing is pretty keen, delivery is generally to Amazon’s normal high standard and if there are ever any delivery issues Amazon are normally trouble free for making refund claims.
The cons are that you can’t choose your own pick up time and this may restrict how much you can use the service. We’ve heard of retailers with early afternoon collection times and if you want a later cut off to encourage sales this means you’ll still have to use a back up courier or Royal Mail to fulfil afternoon orders for same day despatch.
Another issue that’s been raised is for those with Seller Fulfilled Prime – you must produce your labels through Amazon Shipping even if you’re sending via Royal Mail. This isn’t a particular problem, but you will need to configure your multichannel solution to ensure this happens as if too many parcels ship for Seller Fulfilled Prime orders where you purchase, even the exact same service, directly through Royal Mail rather than Amazon then you could lose your Seller Fulfilled Prime status.
Tracking was an early issue, but the Amazon Shipping Tracking Site is now up and running. This was a problem for eBay sales as eBay weren’t accepting Amazon tracking as valid before the new Amazon Shipping tracking was live.
In a nutshell, many of the early issues with Amazon Shipping have been ironed out and they now want your business if you ship more than 20 parcels a day. If you would like to find out more visit ship.amazon.co.uk to get started.
Amazon Shipping Features
Amazon Shipping say that they can provide:
Get a quote and start shipping in days with easy-to-understand rates.
No Extra Fees, No Surprises
Amazon don’t charge extra fees for residential delivery, peak fees, or to deliver on weekends.
Delivery you can count on
Amazon say that they offer a reliable Next Day service which is fully tracked.
No contractual obligation
If you change your mind, you can cancel your Amazon Shipping services at any time.
One Shipping service
Ship orders from your own website and other channels, starting from 20 parcels a day.
Dedicated Shipper support
Getting started is easy. Amazon’s dedicated Shipper Support will help you get started and troubleshoot.
Amazon Shipping supported Order and Carrier Management Systems
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