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Autumn is
upon us

That means it's no better time to take stock of your business — and
your inventory — with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holidays
right around the corner.

There are numerous ways Fulfillment by Amazon can help ensure
you make the most of the next two months. Here are just a few.


Download the 2015 Amazon U.S. holiday calendar

Holiday readiness is the name of the game this month. For instance, shipments must arrive at U.S. Amazon fulfillment centers no later than November 11, 2015, to ensure your inventory is in stock for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Check out Amazon's U.S. holiday calendar to help guide decisions on when to send shipments to Amazon.

Note: Dates are estimates and are subject to change. Check back throughout the season to download any updates to this calendar. The Canada holiday calendar is coming soon.

See PDF >


Is your inventory ready for the holidays?

Find tips and tools for managing your holiday inventory and maximizing your sales in our new Holiday Planning White Paper:

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Planning for fourth-quarter demand—and reaching your optimal inventory levels by mid-November—can be crucial to a successful holiday season. The following Inventory Planning tools can help:

· Inventory Dashboard (sign-in required): View your key inventory metrics and opportunities to improve inventory performance.
· Manage Excess Inventory (sign-in required): Identify which products may have excess FBA inventory—and solutions to help you sell through inventory.
· FBA Inventory Age (sign-in required): Check out the age of your units in FBA, as well as these products' sales performance and opportunities for you to increase traffic, sales conversion and sell-through.
Please note that the Manage Excess Inventory and FBA Inventory Age pages are currently only available to U.S. Professional sellers with inventory in FBA.

Meltable inventory now accepted

Amazon fulfillment centers began accepting meltable inventory again on October 1, 2015. Amazon limits the receipt and storage of meltable inventory—such as chocolates—to October 1 through April 30 each year to create the best customer buying experience.

Learn more >



Get your products in ship shape—before you ship

Some products require specific preparation to ensure they are ultimately delivered to customers in the best possible condition. Our How to Prep Products guide (PDF) can take the guesswork out of prep work.

See PDF >


Meet the new Seller Central help design

Finding the answers you're seeking to manage your Amazon business should be quick and easy. That's why we've revamped Seller Central's help features. When you click Help or Learn more, the help viewer now slides in from the righthand side of the screen. In addition to help articles on your topic of choice, you'll find related information in your case log, notifications, quick answers, and more.

In addition, you can resize the help-viewer window or pop it into a full-page tab by selecting the icons atop the viewer.

Check it out >
(sign-in required)


Holiday Snapshot: A look back at 2014


Units sold via Amazon sellers' holiday deals grew more than

400 percent


Amazon welcomed
more than

10 million

new members to Amazon Prime during the holiday season


On Cyber Monday,
more than

16 million

units were ordered worldwide from Amazon sellers

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