With the new program you can create, edit, and delete shipping templates, set the shipping rate for them, and assign shipping templates to inventory groups. Items will list to Amazon using the shipping template you assign, and will price using the shipping rate you specify in the shipping template. Ship by Region is supported for Amazon US, CA, UK, DE, and FR accounts. The program is currently in Beta status. It began rolling out to merchants at the end of Q/3 2016. Currently Amazon expects that all merchants will have this program by the end of Q1/2017.
Some of the shipping methods in the templates include ‘Standard’, ‘Expedited’, and ‘Free Economy’ shipping. Each template can be customized with its own unique transit times and shipping rates, and can be assigned at the SKU level. Below is an example of a shipping template that has been created and named “Pacific Northwest”.
Amazon has provided some details through Seller Central about the new program:
It’s important to note that at this time Amazon will not automatically migrate shipping settings for media items (Books, Music, Video, DVDs / BMVD items). For BMVD items, merchants will be able to control shipping methods, regions, and transit times, but not rates.
Amazon started Beta testing this program to a limited number of merchants in Q/3 2015. Early in 2016, they added an Opt-in feature to Seller Central so that certain merchants could enroll in the program. Toward the end of Q/1 2017, Amazon expects to end the Beta program and have this program enabled in all merchants’ Seller Central account.
To learn how to migrate your account and set up your Ship by Region templates, click on this link to our Support Center: https://support.monsooncommerce.com/amazon-ship-by-region-is-here/
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