29 March 2023
Amazon Seller Central vs Vendor Central: Which is Better for Your Business?
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So what is Remote Fulfillment with FBA?
If you are selling on Amazon.com, and if you want to expand off the marketplace, the logical choice would be to sell on Amazon.ca or/and Amazon.mx. Since your Amazon.com seller central account already includes those 2 additional marketplaces, listing the product you are already selling seems like low-hanging fruit.
The only issue with listing on additional marketplaces is fullfillment, which means you have on of two options:
Both of the above options will include more logistics and admin work, so the low-hanging fruit is not too low hanging.
Enter Remote Fulfillment with FBA, also called NARF (North America Remote Fulfillment). NARF allows inventory from your USA FBA FC to be fulfilled to Amazon.ca and Amazon.mx marketplaces. Basically, it can consolidate your fulfillment hub between .com, .ca, and .mx on all three marketplaces, you can send your product on one logistics journey (from supplier to the US) instead of shipping to three separate countries.
Pretty neat hah? But with all things, there are Pros and Cons. It is up to the seller to get all the information they can and weigh the pros and cons
The FBA fees for Remote FBA can be almost double that of the local FBA. You can see the cost of the Remote Fulfillment fees here, and you can compare that with the normal Amazon FBA fulfillment fees here.
For example, a large standard size product that weighs 15 oz will cost $3.48 to fulfill, while its remote FBA fulfillment fee is $6.61 ($8.38 CAD). Not quite double the FBA fees but it is close. This extra cost is significant, and will really eat into margins if your price is not raised.
3. On the “Remote Fulfillment with FBA” screen click “Generate Report”
4. Once the report is loaded, click “Download”
5. Open the downloaded report, filter by the SKU/ASIN combination that is eligible by filtering “Offer status” as “Action Required”. To enroll enter “Yes” under the “Enable/disable” column. Save your changes.
6. Back on the “Remote Fulfillment with FBA” screen click “Choose file” and select the file in step 5, the click “Upload”
7. Once uploaded, the upload status in the bottom of the screen will be change to “Done”
That’s it! Your product is enrolled in remote FBA.
If you find NARF is not to your liking, or you don’t want to directly sell on the marketplace. The next best option is to enable the option of FBA Export.
To turn this option on, in your seller central account click on Settings → Fulfillment by Amazon , then under Export Settings turn the option FBA Export from Amazon.com to “Enabled”
By turning on this option, it allows customers outside your home marketplace to purchase and deliver to their home country with no additional FBA fee to you.
This concludes our Remote FBA article. Remote FBA is great function offered by Amazon to scale your exisiting products into other marketplace. Use it strategically to test the water of iffererment place before going all in on another marketplace will give the best results.
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