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The Annual Return of Chocolates to Amazon Fulfillment Centers

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Amazon sent a sweet reminder to sellers informing them that its fulfillment centers are once again accepting “meltable inventory” such as chocolate. Sellers who use Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) can only send items that can be melted to the company’s warehouses between October 1 and April 30th.

Meltable products that are sent to FBA between May 1 and September 30, and any unsold meltable inventory in Amazon fulfillment centers after May 1 of each year, may be determined to be unfulfillable and disposed of.

Among the other rules Amazon outlines for date- and temperature-sensitive items: Products must be able to withstand at least a minimum temperature of 50 degrees and at least a maximum temperature of 100 degrees for the duration of the product’s shelf life without adversely affecting product quality.

In addition, all food and beverage products are required to have an expiration date in order to be received at Amazon fulfillment centers, and Amazon does not accept products requiring refrigeration or freezing, nor does it accept perishables such as fresh meats, fruits, or vegetables.

Sellers of food and other sensitive items can learn more on the Amazon website.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.