Strategies for Selling Meltable Inventory on Amazon

As any business selling its products on Amazon knows, maintaining the quality of that inventory is essential. That is not always easy when it is not certain that those products will be able to withstand high temperatures. Many trucking companies that deliver do not always have refrigerated trucks, nor do storage warehouses. Imagine how hot it can get in some of the delivery areas during the summer months! This means that special precautions must be taken with a meltable inventory. 

What is Meltable Inventory?

Meltable inventory consists of heat-sensitive products that cannot withstand summer temperatures. When these products are stored for a time in a hot and humid environment, such as a warehouse or a delivery truck, the products are ruined, and of course, unsellable. In order to avoid losses, Amazon has put restrictions on selling meltable inventory during the hottest months between April 15 and October 15. These restrictions protect your customers and prevent you from incurring significant losses.

Meltable cannot withstand temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Common meltable products include chocolates, gelatin gummies, and other wax-based products. Cosmetics may also be considered meltable.  Look at Amazon’s official list of meltable products to see if yours is on the list. 

How Can You Know?

If you believe your product will not melt, the first step in the strategy is to prove it to Amazon and to be sure of it yourself.  Get a letter from the manufacturer that confirms the temperature it can be stored at and get the letter to Amazon Seller Support.

It is a good idea to know the melting point of your product. Ask your supplier, or conduct your own experiment, by putting a small amount in a narrow glass tube, heating it until it melts, and then recording the temperature. If it melts between 75- and 155- degrees Fahrenheit, it is meltable. 

What Can You Do?

Sell most of the meltable inventory in the cooler months, with the intention of having it sold by April. Amazon will only accept meltable between October and April. Keep track of inventory to ensure that it will be available to customers during peak times but that there is no excess inventory that does not get sold by the April 15 deadline. Excess inventory after the deadline can cost removal fees and other losses. If the deadline is approaching and there is too much product in stock, have a sale or increase marketing to help avoid losses. 

Keep Track 

It is a good idea to be clear on the natural expiry date of the product. Most products that are meltable also lose quality over time as well, so keep in mind that as well as the timing for storage and delivery. Inventory expiration dates include the time for the product to be ordered, checked into the warehouse, delivered, and consumed. Products within 50 days of their expiration date may be automatically disposed of. 

Invest in Your Own Cooling

Use gel icepacks, bigger cartons, and better packaging to keep the product safe. However, this is its own risk as extra packaging will increase the weight and the costs of delivery

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