Amazon.com recently conducted a chat session to address inquiries from sellers using its fulfillment service regarding a new requirement called “Send to Amazon Delivery Window.” This requirement, implemented since April 24, 2023, affects the shipment creation process for non-Amazon partnered carriers. Sellers are now asked to provide a “Delivery Window,” which is an estimated date range for their shipment’s arrival at Amazon’s fulfillment centers.
The purpose of the Delivery Window is to accommodate the variability in transportation lead times. By specifying a date range, sellers offer Amazon an expected arrival timeframe for their shipments, enabling better management of incoming inventory and more efficient processing.
Some sellers questioned whether using non-partnered carriers and providing a delivery window could expedite the inventory check-in process. However, Amazon clarified that when using Amazon Partnered Carriers, delivery windows are not required, as the company receives information about the shipment’s expected arrival directly from the carrier. Although Amazon is actively working to reduce check-in times, the choice of carrier (partnered or non-partnered) does not affect the check-in process.