Earlier in the week, it was reported that Amazon have eased up on their expectations of Seller Fulfilled Prime sellers and are relaxing delivery speed targets temporarily due to the ongoing pandemic.
“While we know sellers like you are working to raise the bar for Prime customers, we also understand that the pandemic has introduced constraints on the logistics industry that you depend on to meet customer expectations, In recognition of these constraints, we are adjusting the one- and two-day delivery speed targets.”
Amazon had plans in place for February this year, requiring third-party SFP sellers to ensure deliveries were made with the one to two-day target and on Saturdays. Considering the issues and delays many couriers are facing and constraints due to the prioritization of delivery of the Coronavirus vaccine, it is not surprising that Amazon is temporarily relaxing the delivery requirements.
Faster ship and delivery targets
Even before COVID-19, fewer than 16% of US Seller Fulfilled Prime orders met the Prime Two-Day delivery promise, in large part because many sellers do not operate on weekends. As a result, Amazon are making the following changes to this program in the US and if you want to remain part of the US Seller Fulfilled Prime program then you’ll be expected to comply:
- 1st February 2021 US Seller Fulfilled Prime nationwide delivery coverage
From 1st of Feb 2021 SFP sellers will be required to have nationwide delivery coverage for all standard size delivery products.
- June 2021 US Seller Fulfilled Prime one or two-day delivery speeds
From June SFP sellers will be required to show one or two-day delivery speeds to 70% of people viewing their product.
To help merchants meet the targets for one- and two-day delivery promises, Amazon are launching a new dashboard that measures the quoted delivery speed of SFP offers. The new dashboard monitors two new metrics: Percent of One-Day or less Detail Page Views and Percent of Two-Day or less Detail Page Views.
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