2018 latest Amazon news summary:new rules for listing and FBA
New Listing Requirements
As of March 28, all products with shelf life should be labeled as expiry dates in the inventory file template. Affected products include: OTC drugs and supplements under the Health and Personal Care category, as well as all products in the Grocery category. How to update inventory file template accordingly? Enter "True" in the "is_expiration_dated_product" field and enter a deadline in the "FC_shelf_life" field.
FBA European stock quota update
At the end of January 2018, all Amazon European warehouses updated their inventory limits. Now the seller's stock quotas in all European warehouses are the same. However, the inventory limit will be automatically adjusted according to the seller's turnover within 6-12 months. If you sell 8% of your inventory in 6 weeks, you can ask Amazon to raise your inventory limit. Or, separately, ask Amazon to increase the inventory limit for a certain product.
Japan Post free distribution activities ended
Amazon Japan Station FBA no longer offers free shipping for products delivered through the Japan Post.
Free returns for jewelry, watches and luggage
Amazon UK Station Announces: As of September 5, 2018, jewelry, watches, and luggage buyers are free to return. Seller return policy must comply with the platform requirements. This means that this policy change applies to all Amazon UK orders, regardless of who is responsible for distribution.
Amazon B2B customers can request direct discounts
If you are an Amazon B2B customer, you can now request a discount directly from Amazon B2B sellers.
Deviations in effective tracking rate data
VTR data for European sellers may not be accurate enough and Amazon is working hard to resolve it and is expected to return to normal by April 15, 2018. Amazon said it will not affect the seller's sales of self-shipping products.
Starting with WWAA certification
Certified smart home device sellers can now display the "Works with Alexa" logo. Nearly 20 brands are certified and the WWAA logo is displayed on the product.
Amazon sells its own brand of non-prescription drugs
In August 2017, Amazon introduced the Basic Care product line. At that time, the product range was limited, but now it starts offering a large number of own-brand over-the-counter medicines. Some non-prescription health care products even cheaper than the pharmacy.