Weekly Amazon Seller News -March 2nd, 2021

“Amazon Business sellers can now use Automate Pricing to manage their business prices” (Source: Amazon News)

  • Automate Pricing allows you to quickly update prices across a large catalog of products, without spending a lot of time to make updates listing by listing.
  • With the newly launched business pricing rules, Amazon Business sellers can now create rules that will automatically update your business prices and quantity discounts.
  • You can make these updates based on changes to your consumer prices, saving both time and effort.
  • You can control the prices by defining rule parameters, setting minimum and maximum price boundaries for single-unit business prices, and selecting the SKUs on which to automate pricing.
  • For quantity discounts, the percentage discount you enter for each quantity tier will be used to determine the minimum price applicable for that specific quantity tier.
  • For example, if the minimum price for a SKU is USD $20, and you entered 10% as the discount on 5+ units, the minimum price applicable for quantity tier 5+ units would be USD $20 * (1-10%) = USD $18.
  • Read the full article here

“Amazon FBA returns processing fee reductions” (Source: Tamebay)

  • The FBA returns processing fee applies to customer-returned products sold on Amazon in certain fashion categories for which Amazon offers free return shipping, including clothing and shoes and handbags.
  • Amazon is reminding sellers that, in Amazon Europe stores, they have eliminated the FBA returns processing fee for customer-returned products in the Watches and Jewellery categories.
  • The processing fee for Clothing, Shoes and Handbags has been reduced to 50% of the total fulfilment fee. These changes became effective from the 1st of March 2021.
  • These fees will apply to units fulfilled from local inventory as well as across Europe through the European Fulfilment Network (EFN) program.
  • For products which free returns aren’t routinely offered then there is no FBA returns processing fee as the customer pays the cost of the return shipping.
  • The referral fee promotion was originally scheduled to end on the 30th of April 2021. This promotion has been extended until the 31st of March 2022.
  • Read the full article here

“Amazon Launchpad awarding $240,000 in small business grants in 2021” (Source: Amazon Blog)

  • Amazon Launchpad, a program that provides expertise and support for entrepreneurs, is choosing two small brands in its program each month to receive a $10,000 Innovation Grant to invest in their businesses—on or off Amazon.
  • The Innovation Grant is one of the many ways Amazon is working to support small, innovative businesses during a time that has been particularly challenging.
  • Selling in Amazon’s store enabled hundreds of thousands of small companies to sustain or even grow their sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Globally, independent third-party sellers in Amazon’s store—almost all of them small and medium-sized businesses—increased their sales by more than 55% from April 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021.
  • During the same time frame, the number of American small businesses that surpassed $1 million in sales increased by more than 30% year-over-year.
  • With the new Innovation Grants, Amazon Launchpad aims to help small businesses and startups continue to grow.
  • The program provides marketing tools, advice from Amazon experts, and other benefits to help businesses increase the visibility of their products so they can focus attention on new innovations and expansion.
  • Read the full article here
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