Starting today Amazon will not let you create new incoming shipments for most products!
They do this so they can prioritize incoming shipments with medical supplier, household staples & other high demand products.
The following categories are still accepted:
- Baby Products
- Health & Household
- Beauty & Personal Care (including personal care appliances)
- Industrial & Scientific
- Pet Supplies
Full letter from Amazon
We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees.
We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.
For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors.
This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. Shipments created before today will be received at fulfillment centers.
You can learn more about this on this Help page 240. Please note that Selling Partner Support does not have further guidance.
We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly. We are working around the clock to increase capacity and yesterday announced 54 that we are opening 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in our fulfillment centers across the US.
We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the above products for our customers.
Thank you for your patience, and for participating in FBA.
What products am I able to ship to FBA?
We are prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers. Most of the products we are accepting at this time are in the below categories.
Health & Household
Beauty & Personal Care (including personal care appliances)
Industrial & Scientific
Listing products in an inaccurate category is a violation of our listing policies and may result in account suspension.
What is going to happen?
We are going to see a lot of shortages. Most sellers won’t be able to restock their items for another 2.5 weeks. If you are running low on stock I would advise you to stop all advertising & manage your pricing to make sure you don’t run out of stock!
I’m in the process of ordering samples at the moment. Does this mean I have to wait for Amazon to get back to normal before I put a deposit down and get the manufacturing started?
Have you stopped manufacturing all your products until this blows over?
Yes I would wait with placing your order until you can create a shipping plan again. Once you can create a shipping plan in AMZ seller central you are guaranteed that you can deliver your goods to their warehouse. I was lucky enough that I had already created my shipping plans for ongoing production, and will wait with future orders now.