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Thu Mar 17 2022 17:03:24

Amazon FBA Purges Old Inventory to Make Room for Prime Day

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon is purging its fulfillment centers of old and slow-moving seller inventory in order to make room for fresh inventory in time for Prime Day, which is expected to take place in late June or in July.

Pay attention if you use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) even if you've previously turned off "automatic removal": Amazon said it would automatically donate, recycle, or dispose of "aging inventory if sellers don't take action.

"Sneaky," wrote one FBA seller. "I have had this disabled for more than a year. Amazon now enabled it automatically today despite my previous settings. Had to disable it again. BE CAREFUL!"

Here is a link to this week's announcement on Amazon Seller Central:

Automatic removal of your aging inventory starts April 15
To create more room for your products as we approach Prime Day, we’ve made changes to automated inventory removal.

Starting April 15, 2022, the following inventory will be removed automatically, unless you opt out:

- Units that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 365 days and that are subject to long-term storage fees

- Units of ASINs that haven’t sold in six or more consecutive months and that have been in fulfillment centers for more than 180 days

You can recover value from these units through liquidation or have your inventory returned to you by providing a valid return address in your Automated fulfillable inventory settings. If you don’t provide a return address, your inventory will be automatically donated, recycled, or disposed of.

On the settings page, select Disable to opt out of automated removal of aging inventory at any time.

The automated removal of aged inventory can help you save on long-term storage fees and improve your Inventory Performance Index score. It also frees up space in our fulfillment centers for more of your popular inventory.

Automatic removals will occur monthly starting April 15. If you want to make updates to your settings, such as changing your return address, do so at least 24 hours before April 15 to ensure that your changes are saved.

For more information, go to Automated fulfillable inventory removal.

To view your aging inventory, go to Manage Inventory Health.

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