New Vendor Central Shipment Process Breakdown: September 2022

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Amazon has recently announced that starting in September, the Shipment Workflow process in Vendor Central will change for Vendors who ship on a Purchase Order Level. Read on to learn what this means and how the new workflow compares to the previous one.

What has changed about the process?

A New Third Step has been added into the workflow. Now, Amazon will now preselect an AFI LTL (Amazon Freight Inbound Less Than Truckload) capacity-backed date for sellers. If the preselected pick-up date does not work for your schedule, you can adjust it to another available date. Dates in green are available and greyed out dates are unavailable.

What was the purpose for this change?

Amazon believes that this change will improve the process for Vendors by making it simpler, as well as improving Vendor On-Time Pick-up performance. This means fewer chargebacks for Vendors, which is always a good thing. Remember, this only impacts Vendors who send their shipment in at the Purchase Order Level, so for now, this doesn’t impact everyone, however we can predict that in the future this will apply to all Vendor shipments.

If you have questions about this change, our team of experts at Retail Bloom can help! With the constant updates in online marketplaces, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest changes. If you are a client looking for additional information, contact your Account Team for more info. If you are interested in learning more about how Retail Bloom can assist your brand efforts in online marketplaces, schedule a consultation with our team.


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Julia Asburry is the Senior Support Analyst at Retail Bloom. She specializes in Online Marketplace Research, trouble-shooting Account Health-related issues for our Wholesale Accounts, and performs general Account Maintenance. Because she started her journey at Retail Bloom as a Warehouse Associate/Customer Service Liaison, she has a unique perspective on how to tackle different Marketplace issues. Follow her on LinkedIn.

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