Amazon Reopen EFN in the UK
Amazon reopen EFN in the UK and starting March 2022 amazon will reintroduce the European fulfillment network. This will allow sellers with amazon Europe stores accounts. Who are also registered by fulfillment by amazon to store stock in local fulfillment centers and fulfil orders coming from other European stores. This allows maximum efficiency and flexibility of seller’s stock/orders.
To sell between the UK and EU using the European fulfillment network there are some requirements where you must have the following:
- Access to both the UK and EU seller central accounts;
- FBA offers for your products in both the UK and the EU;
- Inventory for eligible offers stored in local fulfilment centers;
- Shipping programs and export settings enabled. For EU to UK fulfilment, all EU stores must enable for export (Germany, Italy, France and Spain).
- Buying goods in the UK and EU will work same way. You will normally order items on your local store but you can place orders from different amazon stores like amazon.de or amazon.fr. The same stock keeping unit must be provided for both of your offers in the UK and EU.
When the sellers ship to both UK and EU amazon will prioritize fulfilling from local inventory. When delivering their goods to an amazon warehouse amazon will handle all the shipping related to your orders.
Due to amazon previously implementing the fulfillment by amazon (FBA). Amazon will take care of; product packaging, Shipping, Returns and Customer service which means the seller won’t have to worry as much about getting the orders out and they can cut down on shipping costs.
You don’t have to register for the EFN. If you are using fulfillment by amazon in one European store. You will automatically be able to use the EFN in all other European stores via your amazon stores account. When your listings are updated to each store through the stock keeping unit and converted to fulfill by amazon on each store. If you do not own an amazon stores account; you will not be able to activate the EFN function until you open an amazon stores account.
How can Amazon EFN benefit you when trading between the UK and the EU?
Just like buying from amazon EU, selling is easier for the sellers too as. It is from the app they can access their full inventory in all of the fulfillment centers which contain their goods. This means sellers can maximize efficiency of their business via the cloud, where they can access all of their customers’ orders via phone. Where amazon will do all the deliveries for them at no extra cost. Amazon allows you to sell from your own or third party ecommerce sites with amazon taking care of all the deliveries with them packing and shipping the items to your customers at no extra cost.
Amazon reintroducing the European fulfillment network has helped the UK as well. Brexit made selling overseas from the UK more difficult due to customs costs and administrative burdens but with Amazon reintroducing this it now allows the UK to sell to the EU through UK fulfillment centers. This helps small companies in the UK as it gives them the ability to sell their goods to people in other parts of the world. This is helpful as it allows the small companies to make more money which can then help them as they may not have had a large customer count by just selling to the UK.