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I signed up to start my trial today. I have 2 questions I’m a little unclear about.
1. Will any orders that come in during my trial have any “Prime” indicator to me internally or do they just look like the normal seller fulfilled orders that I am accustomed to receiving?
2. Is there any way to track how my progress in the trial period – i.e. # of SFP trial orders received and associated statistics?

Thanks!

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Can you afford to cover the $15 shipping that the customer won’t be paying. Priority Express, FedEx 2 day and UPS Second day are now the only way you can ship

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We are past the SFP trial period and they are always changing stuff, but this is what we saw.

The SFP orders did not look different from normal Premium shipping orders, but since then AMZ has added a Prime flag into the e-mail notifications. The order reports to have a is_prime flag and they show up as prime in SS.

There is a special metrics section that appears in your performance page on SS with SFP statistics. It is not very current or accurate, so watch it carefully for issues. If you have a AMZ SFP rep working with you, they can watch the right metrics and help you with any issues,

BTW, you can set up a region where you are comfortable shipping in two days. We only ship SFP products within our 2 day UPS region. (Note, you may still have to use USPS or FedEx for some packages)

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“Can you afford to cover the $15 shipping that the customer won’t be paying. Priority Express, FedEx 2 day and UPS Second day are now the only way you can ship”

Wow, no wonder Amazon has been pushing this service. They are losing huge sums on Prime shipping, so this way they get US to lose the money, while they continue to collect the (now $100) Prime membership fees.

I’m not sure where you get your rates from – $15 won’t begin to cover the costs. Express is usually much cheaper than 2-day, but their flat rate envelope starts at almost $18. One of our standard items would cost $30+ to ship. Considering that our average sale amount is around $70, we couldn’t even consider such a service. Once we pay shipping and Amazon’s commissions, we’re losing money – even before we have to content with returns.

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Let me drop some knowledge on you..(and some help)

We are a SFP seller, the trick to make it work and not go broke is to set up separate regions for your Prime shipments. (example) We are in the southeast and UPS and Priority (flat rate most of the time) can get our Prime deliveries to the customer in 2 days so we don’t offer Prime out side that region.(and a plus is the ones in our state get USP the next day no extra fee) We also do same day delivery one a few items as well something they don’t tell you is that and you only have to add the 3.00 shipping fee and the 2.00 pick up fee one time, once they are scheduled to pick up you don’t have to pay for the 2.00 pick up fee on the additional items just the 3.00 Amazon same day shipping fee. (game changer)

Being we are a FORD dealer and 35+ dealerships in our selling group(KIA, Honda, Toyota and so on) we get super low negotiated rates on FedEx and UPS so it works for us. Then just add the items you want to be available for your (Prime) customers and you are in the money. Our 1st year we didn’t have it all together and our sales were just shy of 100k, last year they were 280k, this year should be 500K+.

We have added 30 to 65 prime orders to our sales on every Monday and Tuesday (lower through out the week) since we started.

If you don’t get low rates from USP and FedEx talk to a shipping broker and they can set you up to get cheaper rates, then just link your shipping account to you Amazon account and your done.(you have to buy all the shipping through Amazon for SFP)

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