It goes without saying that Amazon's status as a trillion-dollar company makes it one of the biggest corporations in the world. But with such a business scale, they're bound to make some mistakes with their shipping processes.
If you're a business owner that sells through Amazon, you've no doubt encountered instances where your products either got lost or destroyed. Trying to get reimbursed can be a complicated and time-consuming process.
How do you properly receive Amazon reimbursements? What are the main points you need to know?
In this Amazon reimbursement guide, we'll be answering those and other important questions to help you get properly reimbursed for your Amazon products.
One of the first terms you'll encounter when trying to get Amazon reimbursements is the acronym "FBA." The fact is that most reimbursements will be realted to FBA, not MFN orders. (Also known as FBM.)
FBA stands for "fulfillment by Amazon," and FBA fee reimbursements are fees that, by their terms and conditions, you shouldn't have to pay.
However, you only get these reimbursements if their rules state that you don't have to pay, and Amazon is relatively stringent with these instances. Tracking and requesting refunds for FBA fees is a complicated process that requires scrutiny.
Let's take a look at when Amazon can lose your shipments and call the need for FBA reimbursements.
First, let's go over where Amazon loses your shipments. A lot of reimbursements for Amazon come from lost or damaged items, which makes it easier to audit for.
Here are the following ways Amazon can lose or damage your inventory:
Say, for example, you shipped 30 units to Amazon but their inbound team only checked 20. This means there are missing inbound units.
You might've also shipped items to Amazon but the partner carrier, which is probably UPS, lost the shipment. It's Amazon's responsibility to get your money back through the carrier's insurance.
Items also could've been received by the Amazon warehouse but then got lost there.
There are also instances where Amazon needs to destroy an item without your permission. This is generally when the item is already too damaged to begin with, but they might not properly credit you for these.
A customer may have requested a return and got refunded immediately but didn't send the item back. They also could've returned an item for a reason such as "purchased by mistake," but returned an item that's unsellable.
The product that a customer returned could've also not been added back to the inventory. This means they returned it to Amazon but never put it back into your returns.
There are plenty of other reasons why Amazon needs to reimburse you, such as overcharged referral fees. If Amazon measures your item incorrectly, that can also affect your FBA fees.
To receive an FBA fee reimbursement, you need to scan your Amazon seller account. Doing this starts with searching for the issue through various reports.
These reports include:
Different reports and processes are required for different issues. Maybe you're looking at the Inventory Adjustments report. If an item was damaged at the Amazon Fulfillment Center, the report should say that the unit was "transferred to holding account.
If it doesn't say that, then you found an issue where you found a damaged item for which you weren't reimbursed.
Once you've discovered an issue, make noet of it and don't contact Amazon's Seller Central immediately. Give them a little more time to process the issue and reimburse your order.
But how long should you wait before submitting a claim?
We'd say about 30 days after you've discovered an issue. If Amazon hasn't done anything to resolve it during that time, go ahead and submit that claim.
While finding errors can be difficult, filing the claim itself is comparatively much simpler.
Start by sending an email to Seller Support for the SKUs that you sent, the date you sent them, and their approximate delivery date. Also include the confirmation number from the partnered carrier as well as your average sales price for the item.
You should also send a CSV file of the items that need to be reimbursed for reference.
Give Amazon a few weeks at most to process your claim before following up. Once you've received some reimbursements, check for yourself to see if they're all there.
When you send a letter, make sure you outline that you exhausted all your options before reaching out to Amazon. Only include items into a single claim if their issues are the same and don't include the same issues onto one claim.
As we've outlined, getting reimbursements for Amazon sellers can be an arduous process. It's important to know the do's and don'ts regarding Amazon reimbursement claims.
Managing your Amazon inventory is crucial for a successful business. Leverage this article to navigate the FBA process and get the Amazon reimbursements that you deserve.
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