FBA showing two delivery dates

Puzzled as to why 2 FBA offers have different delivery dates for Premium shiping. Any ideas?

Answer: It depends on how close the customer is to a fulfilment centre that has stock. Might be slow to “you” but will be quick to someone else

Corona virus and FBA

Greetings from Northern China. I suspect some of your are concerned about your supply chains from China and just wanted to update on that briefly. In most provinces the government had factories delay opening until Feb 10th. Wuhan area will be much more delayed and Guangzhou is the 2nd most effected province right now but much less so then Wuhan. Some factories are only expecting partial capacity this 1st week as some provinces are having returning workers quarantine for a few days before returning to work. The good news is that this time of year all factories struggle with getting back to full speed as workers return slowly every year. China manufacturing will soon return to normal even if it takes a couple weeks.

GS1 or our codes?

Should you get a barcode prefix from the GS1 or buy barcodes from you?

Why we may be a Better Deal.

GS1, formerly the Uniform Code Council (UCC), is the provider of UPC barcode prefixes. A company goes to the GS1, they purchase a prefix and then are responsible for the self-assignment of the identification numbers that go after the prefix.

In 2002 GS1 attempted to codify the agreement with UPC Barcode prefix holders which included renewal fees. The codified agreement included rules that were in the form of a contract which included not being able to subdivide a barcode number. Prior to this, there were no signed restrictive agreements with any prefix holders.

They started sending out renewal notices insisting that the prefix holders pay renewal fees and agree to the new terms and conditions. Ultimately a class action suit was levied against the GS1 in the state of Washington and the GS1 lost. All prefix owners prior to August 28, 2002 became exempt from the GS1’s renewal fees and new codified agreement.

All of the UPC barcode prefixes that we own are 6 digit prefixes and all predate 2002.

Quoting the UCC Settlement web site:

This Settlement provides that companies who became members of UCC before August 28, 2002, are not obligated to pay membership renewal fees to UCC to maintain membership as a condition for their use of Company Prefixes issued to them by UCC, or as a condition for Basic Membership Benefits as defined in the Class Settlement Agreement. Class members who have paid a renewal fee to UCC are entitled to compensation from a $3,895,000 settlement fund. The settlement also provides that the “licensing agreement,” which accompanied UCC renewal fee invoices, is null and void as to those who became members in UCC before August 28, 2002. **

In addition to renewal fees and added constraints, the GS1 also implemented variable-length 6, 7, 8 and 9 digit prefixes. Prior to this time, all prefixes were 6 digits in length allowing prefix holders to create as many as 100,000 UPCs. The GS1 realized that not every company needed to be able to generate 100,000 UPCs and also realized that by creating these variable-length prefixes, they would be able to sell more prefixes, for more money, to more people.

As far as we know, there are only a handful of companies that require a copy of this certificate: Kroger, Walmart/Sam’s Club, JC Penney and Macy’s. Depending on your buyer and region, Walgreen’s, Lowes and Home Depot may have additional requirements. It’s always important to ask your (major) retailers for their Vendor Compliance Documents prior to purchasing from us. According to our clients, we have sold barcodes to companies with products in Pep-Boys, Autozone, Amazon, Guitar Center, CD Baby, Whole Foods, Raley’s, Toys-R-Us, Safeway, Longs (CVS), etc.

The GS1 maintains the database of UPC Prefixes. It is our opinion that, although this database is conceptually a great idea, and has to be maintained, it is virtually ignored, unknown and unused.

Retailers input information from product data sheets filled out or given to them by their suppliers. The supplier gives the retailer the product information including the barcode based on the complete 12 digit code and the retailer enters it into their point of sale system.

There are no formal centralized databases of all product barcodes. Using the mathematical formula x=11*10 there are potentially 10 billion products that can be represented by UPC-A Barcodes at any given time. This, more than anything else, explains why there is no centralized database of products. No one has the bandwidth, energy or resources to catalog something this massive.

There is nothing programmed into a UPC barcode. The bars only represent the 12 digit number that is the barcode. The retailer associates these 12 numbers with the product information. This information is pulled from the retailer’s database when a product is scanned.

You have two choices when you need to buy a barcode or block of barcodes. You purchase directly from the GS1 (They charge a minimum of $750.00 plus a yearly renewal fee) or you purchase from us or a company like ours. Unlike some others, we do not charge set-up or renewal fees.

Quoting George Laurer, “Often I am asked if a person that purchases a number from a subset seller will have legal problems in the future. Again, I am not a lawyer, but if the number was originally assigned to the seller by the UCC before August 2002, the answer is no problem.”****

The decision to go with the GS1 or us is a matter of economies of scale. GS1 charges an upfront fee and a yearly renewal fee based upon the number of 12-digit barcode numbers that you need along with your company’s revenue. The more you make, the more the barcode prefix will cost you, and this amount can increase over time. We believe that the GS1 is a great organization, they provide a tremendous service, however, for a small business with a limited budget, we makes the most sense.

Packaging manufacturer

If your manufacturer cant make the packaging that you need where else do can you do it ?

You can also try and find a trading company they usually have links with packaging companies and so on and can arrange putting packaging and products together so do all the footwork for you, they take a fee but overall can save you lot of money. I found they have better communication and can get same products from the same supplier a lot cheaper than what the supplier gives to us. Also can arrange on shipping and save another headache lol and possibly money on that as well. PM me if you want info on the company I used.

Running out of stock

One of my items on amazon is about to go out of stock 1 left, what’s the best thing to do while I wait for stock?

Answer: Leave it at zero until I have new stock. You will lose some orders but its better than having orders waiting in the hope you’ll receive your stock and get it to the centre quickly. What if there’s some sort of delay, a headache with the possibility of buyers moaning at you, A to Z cases opened etc

Gift boxes

In products that you use gift boxes on, do any of you get your supplier to use shrink wrap over the box, sealed clear plastic bag over the box even? to protect the gift box from being scratched/damaged

Answer: Shrink wrap and other plastics should really be phased out, customers are looking for more eco friendly options. This was one of the reasons we ruled it out in initial order. but then i started seeing other products with it on and consumers on amazon commenting on how well the items were being packed in re to the shrink wrapped boxes and my mind got swayed a bit.

Product versus seller reviews

 I keep getting product reviews on my seller profile, Is there any way to change that?

Answer:

Many customers don’t understand the difference between seller feedback and product reviews!

Though if they leave a 5 star seller feedback I still would leave it there and send them a follow up email asking for a product review and leave the link to the product. Since you already know they liked the product, you’ll be sure to receive a 5 start product review too 

Logistics to Mexico

If any one here is sending goods to Mexico directly ?
Just wanted to know what is required to send shipments from China to Mexico? Like in USA we need EIN.
Or can we use same USA company information?

Answer: We send products to Mexico no problem, from our westbound China business (we’ve not been involved in that so much from the UK like we are for China to USA).

Whilst I know we do it, I don’t know what an importer needs in regards to local tax regulations. I do believe you need to register again for a Mexican EIN but don’t hold me to it

FBA Small & Light

I am using FBA small and light (S&L) scheme could please clarify a few points.

Does an S&L product get a prime badge on the listing?
Answer: Yes

2. Is delivery longer than a day?
Answer: 2-3 Days


3. How does the £9 price limit work, once enrolled you get an error if you try to change price to over £9?
Answer: They can disenroll it to normal FBA

4. Can some child asins be S&L and some not while under the same parent listing?
Answer: Yes

5. Would you get away with a product that is 2.4cm or less when at the right angle?
Answer: If they are ok to fold it, you need to mark the item to say so.

6. Would you get away with a product that when lightly compressed is under 2.4cm?
Answer: Possibly, but their cubi-can is rubbish. Wiser to vaccum pack.

Brand for FBA

I have some unit of a product at home and ready to sell for my first attempt at FBA. How do you get past the part where you need to add a brand? My limited company is not a brand, does everything need to be a brand to sell?

Answer:  If the product has a brand name use that, if not (and choose carefully as you may want to register it later) choose one and use that.
You dont need brand registry to list a product.you can bypass this section and go straight to inventory to list an item, there are drop down menus on seller central that walk you through it all. or in the search bar on here put in listing a product.