Amazon fulfilment by Coghlan – Shipping from Local Warehouse Locations
So you want to become an Amazon seller in Australia. Of course if you start selling with them now or in the next couple of months you’ll be getting in very much on the ground floor. It’s important to create a unique selling proposition, such as shipping from local warehouse locations.
At this point though, you’ve probably got a million questions about what’s required and how you’re going to do this. And that might seem a little overwhelming.
First, selling with Amazon is probably a lot easier than you think it’s going to be – especially if you’ve already been selling products online. And second, if you’re not sure if Amazon’s FBA (or Fulfilled by Amazon) services are for you, there are other options available for fulfilment that will satisfy Amazon’s requirements.
Why act now?
Most Australians have purchased from the US Amazon store and hence most of us are ready and waiting to purchase from Amazon Australia.
The Amazon Australia marketplace will utilise single product listings to maximise customer experience. And those single product listings will be generated from the data of multiple sellers. So if you join early, it will increase the chance that your data will be used to populate the listing. And in turn that is likely to give you some control over how your products are displayed. As well as this, shipping from local warehouse locations will improve shipping times, make returns and replacements easy and may increase your star rating.
Plus Amazon is fast becoming the No1 place for customers to search for products they’re wanting to buy. US data shows (and it will most likely be the same here soon too) that more than 50% of all searches begin on Amazon (not Google).
And almost no-one has an Australian sales history on Amazon yet – so consider it a very level playing field – but not for long. So start building yours now by shipping from local warehouse locations and providing the best service on Amazon in Australia.
Things to think about
Amazon is known for its prices and fast shipping. So, one of the first things that you need to be across when starting to sell through Amazon Australia is ensuring that your fulfilment strategy can meet Amazon’s demands. In other words, you have to be on top of your inventory. That means that you can’t batch orders once every couple of weeks when you’ve got a bit of spare time.
So now’s the time to start thinking about how you’re going to look after your customers’ entire experience – all the way from inventory, product display, pricing, packaging, packing/fulfilment and shipping. You will also need to consider how you’ll look after returns.
Amazon FBA hasn’t launched yet and is rumoured to be up mid-late 2018.
In the meantime, you might like to consider Amazon fulfilment by Coghlan. You can read more about all of our services here.
Getting started with Amazon fulfilment by Coghlan
If you’re interested in starting the Amazon seller process, you’ll need to head to Amazon’s page to sign up to start selling with them. At the moment access to the Marketplace is by invitation only. Once you’ve filled in the form, they’ll then send you a link to a survey to tell them a little more about your business before they let you in. They’ll check you out and come back with next steps.
If you’ve already got an Amazon account or you’ve got an application underway, but you’d like to discuss Amazon fulfilment by Coghlan and how it can help you manage your logistics around inventory, pick and pack, shipping, returns in accordance with Amazon’s requirements simply put your info in the form below and we’ll have someone get back to you asap.
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