Since April 1, 2020, Amazon started to offer free monthly storage and removals as part of their Amazon FBA New Selection program. Recently, Amazon increased the number of new ASINs that can qualify to 500. In addition, sellers who are new to FBA can qualify to get a discount of $100 on Amazon Partnered Carrier shipping.
Let’s take a look at the details.
If you want to participate in the FBA New Selection program, you need to register for the program.
After enrolling, Amazon determines who qualifies for the fee waivers.
Merchants seem to like the program. So Amazon has expanded and improved the FBA New Selection program this year. You have certain benefits once you enroll.
FBA New Selection Program – Details and Benefits
Limited to new-to-FBA parent ASINs: Amazon sellers enrolled in the New Selection program can enjoy fee waivers on up to 500 new-to-FBA parent ASINs that they create. This limit will be reset on January 1 every year.
Free monthly storage and free removals: Amazon doesn’t charge monthly storage fees for the first 50 units of each new parent ASIN for 90 days once the first unit is received at their fulfillment center. Sellers can remove the first 50 units within 180 days after the first inventory received-date with no FBA removal fees.
Free returns for specific categories: The New Selection program also processes free returns for the following five categories:
- Shoes, Handbags & Accessories
Amazon will waive return processing fees for up to 50 units of each parent ASIN. The items returned must be received at Amazon’s fulfillment center within 120 days. These items returned must be received at a fulfillment center within 120 days of the first inventory-received date.
$100 shipping discount: This applies to new FBA sellers only. Amazon will waive the first $100 shipping charges with the Amazon partnered shipping program. This is for the new FBA sellers who are enrolled and eligible for the program. However, the ASINs don’t have to be new to avail of this discount.
This makes it further easier for you to sell new products using FBA. Currently, this program is available for merchants selling in geographies including the US, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, and Italy.
- Only small standard and large standard-size items are eligible for the program.
- Parent ASINs must be new to FBA. These ASINs shouldn’t be previously enrolled in FBA within the past 180 days.
- Used items and ASINs in Media categories are ineligible. This includes Music, Video, Books, DVDs, Software and Computer/Video games, Video Game Accessories, and Video Game Consoles, etc.
- An ASIN must be in one of the Apparel, Jewellery, Shoes, Handbags and Accessories, Luggage, and Watches categories to be eligible for free returns processing.
You can also refer to Amazon’s terms and conditions for more details.
Amazon says that the Professional sellers are eligible to enroll in the FBA New Selection program. If you have an IPI score, it should be 400 or higher for you to qualify for the program.
New Professional sellers, or sellers with no inventory storage limit or yet to be assigned an IPI score, can also take part in the program.
To get the benefits, you must enroll in the program and maintain eligible status. Your eligibility status will be updated daily, based on your IPI score. Once you enroll and are confirmed as eligible for the program, you will remain eligible until the next April 1 assessment, even if your IPI score changes before that date.
However, enrolled sellers who have an IPI score below 400 as of the next April 1 assessment will be removed from the program.
After enrolling, you may not be eligible to receive benefits because your IPI score is lower than 400. If it happens, you will be eligible for the same on the next assessment date once your IPI score equals 400 or more at that time.
To get the program’s benefits, enrolled sellers must maintain eligible status before sending their new-to-FBA ASINs to the fulfillment center. These ASINs will qualify for the free monthly storage, free removals, and return processing benefits that are part of the program.
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