Amazon recently launched a project called " supply chain connect" for FBA sellers to improve efficiency and control over inventory products.
FBA sellers are currently in storage in two ways. One is to transport the product to its own location, packaging and then shipped to Amazon logistics center.
The second for suppliers is to ship inventory directly to Amazon logistics center, the seller needs to coordinate between suppliers and Amazon. With the Amazon supply chain connect portal, sellers can send shipping requests directly to suppliers, saving time to communicate back and forth.
Ryan crawer posted a screenshot of Amazon's invitation e-mail on Twitter. The email says this project has the following benefits for FBA sellers:
Supplier portal: provide supplier portal, after the seller sends invitation mail to the supplier, the supplier can register the portal;
Faster warehousing: suppliers can enter packing information, and download FBA product label, do not need to communicate with the seller back and forth, shorten delivery time;
Better performance: tools can help suppliers complete shipments more accurately and understand Amazon's warehousingprocess better.
In the video describing the supply chain connect project, the seller can choose the logistics provider that the supplier is required to use. Such as in“Small parcel delivery (SPD) / I’m shipping individual boxes”small package service,the logistics provider the seller can choose includes Amazon Partnered Carrier, UPS and FEDEX are optional Partnered Carrier.
Or just chose “I’d like to use my own”and use other logistics provider.
In the fall before Christmas, FBA sellers often complain about Amazon's product warehousing problems. With supply chain connect, the seller may see some improvement.
No sellers have been seen discussing the project, but they may be concerned that it will bring suppliers closer to Amazon, which could eventually lead to the platform rejecting sellers as unnecessary middlemen.
For a variety of reasons, some sellers also like to check inventory before suppliers ship their products to Amazon warehouses.