What is Amazon Seller Flex
Amazon Seller Flex helps sellers with first-hand knowledge about its best warehousing, inventory management, and shipping practices. It allows sellers to gain a better understanding of managing their inventory. At the same time, it also gives them an option to enjoy benefits under the FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) program. While sellers control receiving the order, storage, and packing of the products, Amazon takes over when it comes to shipping and delivery.
How Does Amazon Seller Flex Work
Once the seller receives an order, they take care of its packaging using the packing material provided by Amazon. Then the Amazon Transportation System (ATS) takes over and is responsible for shipping and delivery to the customer within the stipulated time.
Who Can Apply for the Seller Flex Program
The Amazon Seller Flex program works on an invitation-only basis where they will send you an email invite if your business fulfills their criteria. Consistently high monthly sales, more units sold, and decent seller ratings may not guarantee you an invite from Amazon, but it will give you a headstart over your competitors. Having a place for storage and a dedicated team to handle the daily packaging needs is also an advantage.
How to Apply for Seller Flex
Amazon has multiple selection criteria based on which it invites prospective sellers to use its platform. So there is no direct window through which you can register for this program. You can improve your invitation prospects by maintaining a good sales record and achieving high seller ratings. At the same time, you can also contact flex managers of existing flex sellers and let them evaluate your business to see if it fulfills the eligibility criteria.
What Are the Requirements to Start a Seller Flex Site
Amazon has a set of guidelines that sellers need to adhere to before starting a Flex Site. The sellers should have machines that help to make the packaging process much more efficient. These machines include Barcode Scanners, A4 Laser Printer, Shipping Label Printer, Gift Label Printer, UPS Inverter for power backup, Amazon Prime Packing material, and racks/bins. This list is not exhaustive, though, and sellers are advised to check with their flex managers on the exact requirements.
What Are the Different Products That Are Best Suited for the Seller Flex Program
There are several factors that sellers need to consider before opting for Seller FLex. They must evaluate if opting for this program is profitable depending on their product categories. Products weighing less than 1 Kilogram are ideal for seller flex because heavier products have higher storage costs. Fast Selling Goods are more suitable for this program because of lower warehousing expenses. Seller Flex is also ideal for products that require more attention and care in terms of storage.
Benefits of Seller Flex
Some of the advantages of Seller Flex are as follows:
- Greater control over inventory as all products are in your warehouse
- “Fulfilled By Amazon” label on your products leading to more trust among buyers
- Amazon will handle shipping, delivery, and customer service.
- Save transportation costs that were incurred in moving goods from your warehouse to Amazon’s warehouse.
Limitations of Seller Flex
Seller Flex also has some limitations, which are mentioned below:
- It requires a larger workforce because of multiple activities like transferring your inventory into flex to overseeing returns.
- Following up on daily claims in case of return of goods.
- Additional Fees for usage of technology provided by Amazon
- Increased cost for buying IT machinery like shipping label printers