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The Amazon Files, hosted by Kristin Ostrander, Amazon business strategist and one of the founders of Mommy Income, hits the airwaves every Tuesday with the real truth about selling on Amazon. This show isn’t about sugar-coated reality. It’s real truth - the good, the bad and the ugly - shared with practical action steps and strategies to help both new and experienced sellers tackle the world’s largest retail sales platform.

Aug 20, 2018

While having access to Amazon’s selling platform is great, it is important to remember that Amazon can make changes to its policies and procedures at any time. They recently announced they would start implementing rolling long-term storage fees beginning on September 15th. Even if these changes seem frustrating at first, with some simple adjustments to your business, you can easily adapt to these new rules.

Today, we break down what Amazon’s new rolling long-term storage fees could mean for your business and why the best way to adjust to these changes is by finding better, faster-moving products. We explain how you should shift your inventory and sourcing methods to prepare for the busy Q4 season and the strategies we use in our businesses to prevent long-term storage fees. We also discuss how you should troubleshoot a product that is not selling before deciding to pull it from the warehouse.


“This is not something where you should just set it and forget it. That’s not what an Amazon business should be.” - Amy Feierman



This week on The Amazon Files:

  • Why you now need a larger profit margin to sell longtail items.
  • How these fee changes can make you better retailers.
  • What rolling long-term fees are and how they are calculated.
  • How these changes affect items that expire in the grocery category.
  • The importance of planning when to send items in based on what quarter they will sell in.
  • Whether storage time resets when items are sold and then returned.
  • How to identify which of your products will be affected by the fees.
  • The importance of knowing your numbers and taking into account the amount of fees you might incur.
  • Why you need to pay attention to the size of your items.
  • Why you should focus on products you will sell within 30-90 days.
  • The increase in fees during Q4 and how to adjust to it.
  • The strategies we use to prevent long-term storage fees.
  • Why you should set reminders to check and pull inventory.
  • Whether merchant fulfilled items are included in the fees.
  • How these fees will impact competing for the buy box.
  • How to create a plan and calendar for your inventory.
  • Why you should create a listing worksheet for your bundles.
  • How and when to troubleshoot an item that is not selling.
  • How to pull back inventory that is not selling.
  • When you should consider changing a category for an item that is not selling.
  • Where to look for keywords.
  • Tools you can use to create an excellent listing.
  • When you should set up pay-per-click sponsored ad campaigns for products that are not moving.

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