Amazon wants out of the storage business

This year we have seen quite a few changes from Amazon on
their FBA program. Back in June we talked about the changes
in storage fees
nearly doubling fees right before the busy holiday season.
Now amazon Is putting in new restrictions on sellers prohibiting those that
have not shipped their first load to Amazon before October 10th from
submitting any merchandise until after December 19th. The message from Amazon is becoming abundantly
clear that their 90 plus distribution and fulfillment centers are maxed out on
capacity and that they want out of the storage business. FBA from the beginning
has been a game changing concept for ecommerce and has helped many small and
midsized businesses compete on a global scale not previously available to
independent merchants. But with its rapid growth and success have come some
pitfalls that not even the retail giant could have foreseen. In their attempt
to become the one stop shopping destination for everything in the world they
have also become the world’s largest storage locker. Yes now they have
everything in the world you could want but does someone actually want it? More
troubling to executives at amazon is the question are we storing less desirable
items at the expense of a sale on another more desirable item? The answer to
this question sounds like a resounding yes based on these recent rate increases
and restrictions to new sellers who may or may not have a good concept of how
desirable their merchandise might be. Overall this may be a potential plus to
the well-established FBA merchant expect to see less overall competition and
hopefully(fingers crossed) the race to the bottom on price will not be as
fierce this year. To new merchants blocked out of FBA this holiday season don’t
give up, fulfill yourself. December 19th is not that long of a wait
and as we have seen in previous years, just because the holidays are over does not
mean consumers have stopped shopping.   

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