1. For the first time, Amazon will hold an early Prime Day for members
Amazon has announced that the inaugural Amazon Prime Early Access Sale will take place October 11-12. Exclusive to Prime members, the new two-day shopping event will offer hundreds of thousands of deals across all categories, including electronics, fashion, home, kitchen, pets, toys and Amazon devices. Additionally, the Prime Early Access Sale will take place in Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the US.
2. Amazon updated the attribute configuration of 33 product types
Amazon's US and Europe announcements have updated the property configuration of Unit Count Type and Item Form for 33 product types, where the unit count type is conditionally enumerated based on the product type. In these product types, the value of the unit count type will be determined based on the value of the product type selected at the time of listing. These properties are mandatory for one-time or batch-created Listings and will take effect in October 2022. Beginning in October 2022, all ASINs in these selected product types will need to populate the above attributes when submitting new ASINs or updating existing ones. Not populating the above mandatory properties or having an invalid unit count type value will fail to list.
3. Amazon launches new FBA control panel
Recently, Amazon launched its new FBA Dashboard, featuring key performance indicators to help sellers seamlessly manage their FBA business. The FBA Dashboard provides sellers with an aggregated view of their FBA business, including sales, shipments, inventory, and growth opportunities.
Sellers can gain visibility into their FBA business, including sales, shipments, inventory, and FBA opportunities with new features. At the same time, Amazon has also created a centralized navigation system that groups together the most important inventory management pages.
4. Amazon US will change its automatic inventory removal policy from October 14th
Recently, Amazon US announced that in order to free up more storage space for sellers' products during the holiday season, the US station is making changes to the automatic removal of undeliverable inventory. Beginning October 14, 2022, Amazon will automatically remove undeliverable inventory that has been in fulfillment centers for more than 14 days. Previously, this removal policy applied to unfulfillable inventory that had been in a fulfillment center for more than 30 days. This policy will help sellers save on storage fees, help manage inventory, and improve sellers' Inventory Performance Index scores by removing undeliverable items faster. Sellers can also update their settings to automatically refurbish, liquidate, or return undeliverable inventory.
5. Amazon Japan will extend the return period for peak season sales
Amazon Japan announced that Amazon will extend the return period for Amazon direct sales and FBA products purchased between November 1 and December 31, 2022 to January 31 of the following year. The initiative aims to support sellers' business growth in the medium to long term by providing buyers with a better buying experience and increasing their attractiveness to buyers.
6. Amazon’s traffic in the Australian market has increased by more than 20%, or will surpass eBay
Arden analysts pointed out in a recent research report that the Australian e-commerce market landscape is changing. At current growth rates, Amazon is on track to overtake eBay as the country's largest shopping site within a year, new data shows. Traffic to Amazon Australia has grown by more than 20 per cent over the past year, while major rivals eBay, Ozbargain and Gumtree have seen little or no growth over the same period. At the same time, data shows that from December 2021 to July 2022, Amazon’s market share in Australian e-commerce has increased by more than 40%.
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