It looks like ASIN-level quantity limits are out. In their place is storage-type level restock limits. Here’s what that means for Amazon sellers in 2021.
At the beginning of the year, Amazon made an announcement directed at its many sellers about a fairly significant change. In that communication, they said that “FBA products will no longer be subject to ASIN-level quantity limits. Instead, restock limits will be set at the storage-type level, offering you more flexibility in managing your shipments.” This all went into effect in April of this year, yet many sellers are still confused on what it means.
Today, we break down what these changes are, what they mean for sellers and the potential drawback that can come for some kinds of sellers in particular.
What are These Changes?
So, basically speaking your restock limits are at the account level now, not ASIN level, and they are by “storage type,” at the account level. The level details are available in seller central. To find the limits, head to the shipping queue from sellers central and scroll all the way to the bottom. From there, click on “restock limits” to see your limits. It’s important to make note of these for the future.
Are these Changes Bad?
With all changes made for sellers on Amazon, this one has positives and drawbacks. In this case, there is one major drawback and it is only for a specific type of customer: those who specialize in very few items that they sell in high numbers.
If you are a seller who sells, say, one item but at a very high rate, then the system isn’t really set up for your unique situation. It instead prioritizes sellers who move units of many different types of products because the expectation is that Amazon sellers now offer a wide breadth of products in relatively high quantities.
If you are one of these sellers, then you wouldn’t want to have to wait until stock is completely depleted before getting more shipments. The solution then is to play the waiting game until you sell the right number of units. Then, you can start moving inventory from your 3PL into Amazon.
Can I reduce my utilization to create additional shipments?
Essentially, yes. Sellers are accomplishing this in three ways: by selling more product, removing inventory from the local warehouse, or cancelling open shipments that won’t be used. All of these can help with shipment issues.
With these changes, many sellers are curious on how to keep their operations running at maximum efficiency. If you need help navigating the wonderful and complex world of Amazon, then be sure to connect with Wizards of Ecom. We are your stop for information you need to make the most of your enterprises on Amazon.