The Swifthouse


coming soon

The SWIFTHOUSE is a full-service warehouse fulfillment company. Specializing in e-commerce prep services (FBA, pick/pack), shipping & receiving, inventory management & storage, we facilitate the logistics for businesses to maximize efficiency and growth.

The Swifthouse

Navigating Amazon’s New Inventory Placement Fees: Insights from a Seller’s Perspective

Navigating Amazon’s New

Inventory Placement Fees:

Insights from a Seller’s Perspective

As an FBA seller navigating the ever-changing landscape of Amazons ever changing policies and logistics considerations is paramount to maintaining a competitive edge. Amazon’s recent announcement of new inventory placement fees has sparked concern, curiosity, and fear among sellers. This is the biggest change in recent memory with concerns of the impact on each seller’s bottom line. 

The Amazon threads, group chats, and social media groups are on fire about this. The questions have outweighed the answers.  We have spent hours consulting with sellers, reading the threads, and compiling input from experts. 

Let’s delve into the implications of Amazon’s latest policy shift from the perspective of sellers, exploring the challenges it presents and strategies for adaptation.

The Swifthouse - blog

Understanding Amazon’s New Inventory Placement Fees

Amazon’s decision to introduce inventory placement fees underscores its commitment to optimizing its fulfillment network and reducing operational costs.

What’s changed:

Before, Amazon would allow sellers to send their inventory to a handful of (relatively)local warehouses. And if you were lucky, it went to just your local Amazon warehouse. Amazon then internally absorbed the logistical cost of spreading the inventory across their network nationwide. As Amazon becomes more and more regionally focused to leverage their own shipping network and to continue to focus on speed…..this distribution becomes more and more paramount for Amazon. 

In short, Amazon is now passing this burden to you, the seller. 

Under the new policy, sellers will face additional charges for sending inventory across multiple Amazon fulfillment centers, with the aim of incentivizing more streamlined logistics practices and minimizing overhead.

Impact on Sellers

For sellers accustomed to leveraging Amazon’s vast fulfillment infrastructure to reach customers efficiently, the introduction of inventory placement fees poses several notable implications:

1. Cost Pressures

One of the most immediate concerns for sellers is the potential increase in operational expenses resulting from Amazon’s new fees. With additional charges for inventory storage, sellers must carefully assess the cost implications and adjust their pricing and fulfillment strategies accordingly to maintain profitability. Additionally, with shipments potentially spread to more warehouses, the cost of inbound shipping will inevitably rise if not managed.

2. Inventory Management Complexity

Managing inventory across multiple fulfillment centers has long been a strategy employed by sellers/Amazon to optimize delivery times and ensure product availability. However, the introduction of placement fees adds a layer of complexity to this process, requiring sellers to rethink their inventory allocation strategies and explore alternative fulfillment options.

Strategies for Adaptation

While Amazon’s policy changes present challenges for sellers, there are several strategies you can employ to mitigate the impact and capitalize on opportunities:


1. Inventory Optimization

Sellers should evaluate their inventory management practices and seek opportunities to consolidate shipments and minimize the need for storage across multiple fulfillment centers. By optimizing inventory levels and distribution, sellers can reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. Additionally, adjusting the settings within Amazon to allow Amazon to optimize the shipment seems to be the consensus from industry experts to be the right move.


2. Diversification of Fulfillment Channels

In addition to relying solely on Amazon’s fulfillment network, sellers may explore alternative fulfillment options such as third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to offer FBM within Amazon. Additionally. diversifying fulfillment channels (add Walmart, eBay, Shopify etc.) can offer greater flexibility and control over logistics operations while mitigating the impact of Amazon’s policy changes. With FBM you can offer the same product to a broader audience. For fishing lines in the water equals more bites on the line.

3. Make larger shipments

This is obvious and we have all been trying to do this from day 1. But it is no longer an added margin bonus. It is now essential. Shipments must be as large as possible to keep inbound shipping costs manageable. Sending in less shipments and/or making them larger shipments will be paramount. If your 3PL has a tiered volume structure, you may be able to leverage better pricing by having more volume.

In Conclusion

Amazon’s new inventory placement fees represent a significant shift in the e-commerce landscape, posing both challenges and opportunities for sellers. By understanding the implications of these policy changes and adopting proactive strategies for adaptation, sellers can mitigate the impact on their operations and position themselves for long-term success in the ever-evolving world of online retail

Get a risk free quote

Let’s grow together

Family-owned and committed to excellence, Swifthouse is a Philadelphia-based warehouse, servicing the East Coast and beyond for more than 15 years. We continually invest in technology, processes, people and facilities to optimize and expand our service offerings.