Due to an increased volume of freight being delivered into Amazon FBA warehouses in preparation for the Christmas market, Amazon are currently experiencing difficulty receiving goods at specific locations. The result of this is that sellers are waiting longer to be allocated a delivery slot.
The delay to the deliveries is exacerbated by the lack of delivery slots between 9am and 5pm at short notice. Only once imports are cleared and released by UK customs can delivery be booked with certainty. In the past Amazon would allocate a slot for a couple of days later. Currently, slots are being allocated for weekends and evenings (after 6pm). To meet these slots would incur large surcharges from the hauliers to meet. We are putting some measures in place to mitigate the delay around receiving an acceptable delivery slot but need to build in a buffer for customs delays to do so.
Deliveries around 10days after UK landing
Unfortunately, this means that any imports that are destined for these Amazon warehouses may be delivered a few days later than they would outside of peak season. If you currently have a shipment on the move that is due to be delivered into Amazon we would suggest that you assume they shipment will be delivered into the Amazon warehouse around 10 days after landing in the UK.
If you arranging transport of goods into Amazon yourself, please bear in mind that you ensure that Amazon’s being so busy means they are very strict when enforcing their “on-time compliance window” so ensure any freight meets the slot that has been booked. Amazon may still raise late delivery fines even if they aren’t able to take delivery.
Plan ahead for your Christmas stock
Going into the months ahead, the run up to Christmas, this is likely to be a recurring issue as sellers try to send in all of their Christmas stock. Our recommendation is to get your stock to Amazon ASAP. There may come a point where delivery slots are few and far between once the warehouses are saturated with stock. They may even decide not to take more stock in order to concentrate on sending products out to customers in mid-December.
Current fulfillment centres affected
Here’s Amazon’s current overview of the warehouses that are affected:
|Please see below for delays reported at UK FC’s; |
BHX1 (Rugeley) – 1-2 day delay on all consolidated shipments – Experiencing high volumes and load refusals at FC
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