Winning with FBA

How to successfully manage your FBA business

Inventory

Staying in Stock

Staying in stock is one of the best ways to increase your sales. It seems like an easy enough concept, but how do you maintain enough inventory to cover sales without ending up with overstock? We can help:

Decide how much inventory to send

Staying in Stock - Manage FBA Inventory

Part of maintaining healthy inventory is to always have enough inventory to cover customer demand. You can get near-real time data for each product in your inventory on the Manage FBA Inventory page. This should provide you with enough information to make good inventory decisions, such as determining:

  •     When and how much to replenish.
  •     What actions to take on aged inventory.
  •     Best prices to stay competitive.

Maintaining healthy inventory

Staying in Stock - Inventory Health Report

Access the Inventory Reports page for reports on your Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) inventory including detailed events, adjustments, compliance and more

On the Inventory Health Report, you can view your total Sellable and Unsellable inventory, your slower moving or “aged” inventory, how many units were shipped in the last 30 days and the “weeks of cover” based on your current sales volume. It also shows the lowest competing price for each one of your listings. This information can help you make good inventory decisions. 

Setting replenishment alerts

Staying in Stock - Replenishment Alerts

Replenishment Alerts enable you to manage your inventory in Amazon's fulfilment centres without needing to constantly monitor each listing. You can set the alert quantity for individual products or groups of products. When the listing's fulfillable quantity reaches your threshold, either in units or weeks-of-cover, we notify you by sending you a Replenishment Alert e-mail.

When you select an alert quantity for a given product, select a quantity based on your average sales and the time it takes to order and ship stock to a fulfilment centre. This will give you time to send in a shipment to our fulfilment centre before your inventory is depleted.

Decide how much inventory to send

Staying in Stock - Amazon Selling Coach

As we identify opportunities to maximise your effectiveness we will alert you through Amazon Selling Coach, through Business Reports and on your seller account home page. In Business Reports, opportunities are grouped by Product Opportunities, Inventory Opportunities, Fulfilment Opportunities, Low Price Opportunities. You can vote on individual Business Report pages to indicate our product and opportunity that are relevant to you to improve future recommendations.

Get the Amazon Seller app for Android in the Google Play store and iOS in Apple App store.

Avoid the long-term storage fee

Staying in Stock - Long term Storage Fee

We recognise that some of your inventory may be seasonal. That is why we recommend you proactively manage your inventory health to keep high-demand products in stock and avoid an abundance of slow-moving inventory to avoid any long-term storage fees that may be assessed.

The Long-Term Storage fee is charged twice a year (August 15 and February 15) for any inventory units that have been in our fulfilment centres for more than 365 days. We charge this fee to ensure there is plenty of room for your products during the peak times of the year. You can easily avoid this fee by considering a price reduction or a promotion on your slower-moving inventory.

Automating removals of unfulfillable inventory

Staying in Stock - Automated Unfulfillable Removals

If you have not already opted for this service, we suggest you enable this service in on your Settings page. By enabling Automated Unfulfillable Removals, you are requesting to have eligible unfulfillable Units in Amazon’s fulfilment centres automatically removed (either returned or disposed of) on the schedule you select.