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Critical Shipping Dates for The Holidays and Save Money on Supplies

October 8th, 2013 by Skip McGrath

I got two notices from Amazon that are quite helpful.  Just in case you missed them, I am pasting them below:

Key Dates to Remember for FBA Holiday Selling

To stay in stock during the holiday selling season, your inbound shipments must be received well in advance of the key holiday selling dates. Mark your calendar with these important holiday selling and receiving dates:

To be in-stock on Cyber Monday, the Monday following Thanksgiving (December 2, 2013), we recommend shipping replenishments so they can be received by November 26, 2013.
To be in-stock on December 17, 2013, the expected last order date for FREE Super Saver Shipping and Standard Shipping, we recommend shipping replenishments so they can be received by December 10, 2013.
To be in-stock on December 21, 2013, the expected last order date for Two-Day Shipping, we recommend shipping replenishments so they can be received by December 12, 2013.
To be in-stock for all last-minute shoppers who use One-Day and Local Express Shipping, we recommend shipping replenishments so they can be received by December 16, 2013.
Avoid stock-outs

Get the majority of your Less-than-Truckload (LTL) shipments into Amazon fulfillment centers by early November and send replenishment shipments as needed throughout the holiday selling season. Closely monitor your inventory or set up Replenishment Alerts in your Seller Central account.

With the focus on the holidays, don’t forget to replenish your stock for any expected sales bump in the new year. January is a busy time for returns and exchanges, as well as for shoppers who have gift cards to redeem.

Amazon Launches New Amazon Preferred Product Prep and Shipping Supplies Store

Sourcing your Amazon Preferred Product Prep and Shipping Supplies is now easier than ever thanks to a brand new storefront on Amazon.com.

You can now get Amazon-Preferred poly bags, boxes, stretch wrap, bubble wrap, and more directly from Amazon. Using our global shipping expertise, we’ll bring these business-critical supplies directly to your business’s doorstep.

Take some time to explore the new Amazon Preferred Product Prep and Shipping Supplies store to see how Amazon can help with your shipping supply needs.

I compared Amazon prices for shipping supplies with my other sources, and while some were more expensive, others were less and I found several product I often buy that I could get for less money plus – since I am an Amazon Prime Member I get free two-day shipping.  The cost of shipping packaging and shipping supplies can be quite high, so even if I pay a little more for a box, labels or some tape my delivered cost is often much lower.

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