• Buy with Prime orders are fulfilled using Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF).

    Overview

    Give your business the flexibility to scale and save on cost with consolidated inbounding of inventory that you sell to Amazon Retail and inventory for Buy with Prime orders on your ecommerce site. You can get started with Buy with Prime faster by requesting to transfer the already inbounded Amazon Retail inventory to your MCF account and then consolidating future Amazon Retail and MCF inventory shipments together. Your Vendor Central catalog listings are loaded automatically when you set up your MCF account.

  • Get started with Buy with Prime solution for Amazon Retail vendors

    There are a few ways to get started with Buy with Prime solution for Amazon Retail vendors.

    Inbounding

    Inventory Sharing

    Inventory Sharing allows you to set a ‘target minimum inventory quantity’ for each SKU in your MCF account that has a corresponding ASIN in your Vendor Central account. If the inventory level in your MCF account drops below the target minimum you have set (For example, 3 items), Amazon automatically initiates an inventory transfer request on your behalf. If the inventory transfer doesn’t result in your Amazon Retail inventory dropping below the minimum safety stock level set by your vendor manager, the request is processed to transfer inventory from Amazon Retail to your MCF account.

    To get started, provide a ‘minimum inventory quantity' for your SKUs to your Buy with Prime or MCF sales representative. Your vendor manager will set a minimum safety stock level for that ASIN in your Amazon Retail inventory.

    Consolidated Inbounding through Vendor Central

    Consolidated inbounding allows you to send inventory you own with inventory you sold to Amazon in one shipment through Vendor Central. You can save time and money with streamlined inbounding across your Amazon Retail and MCF inventory that keeps you in control of what you send to your MCF account.

     

    Catalog Loading

    Vendor Central linking and catalog autoload

    Catalog loading allows you to establish a connection between your MCF account and your Vendor Central (VC) account so that your VC listings are automatic imported into your MCF catalog.

     

    Payment

    Pay by Invoice

    Pay by Invoice (PBI) allows you to pay Buy with Prime and MCF fees through invoices and wire transfer. You get greater flexibility in billing and payment processing for alternative payment types that cover major operating expenses like fulfillment.

  • Submit an inventory transfer request

    You can discuss participating in the Inventory Transfer program with either your Vendor Manager or a Buy with Prime or MCF sales representatives. If they agree to your participation, you can submit your completed Inventory Request form to them, including the ASIN, SKU, unit cost, and quantity requested for the transfer. Any ASIN in your MCF account listed with a Manufacturer Barcode (activated during the Add Catalog process) may be eligible for inventory transfer.

  • Buy with Prime solution for Amazon Retail vendors FAQ

    Get answers to common questions about Buy with Prime solution for Amazon Retail vendors.

    • The Inventory Transfer program allows you to request that inventory you previously inbounded and sold to Amazon through your Vendor Central account be transferred to your MCF account. You can request an inventory transfer on an ad- hoc basis, and Amazon reserves the right to approve or deny your request. If approved, Amazon processes a return of ownership to you at the unit cost Amazon previously paid you for the inventory (or a lower amount if agreed by Amazon) and transfers the inventory units to your MCF account.

    • No, you can’t transfer inventory out of your MCF account using the Inventory Transfer program. You can create a removal order if you want to remove unsold inventory from your MCF account.

    • No, we process the return of ownership to you, but the inventory is transferred to your MCF account and physically remain in Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers.

    • There is no return processing or additional fee for the inventory transfer at this time. However, once transferred, your inventory is subject to MCF’s standard storage fees and applicable order fulfillment fees. In the future, there may be a fee for inventory transfer to cover the costs associated with returning and transferring inventory to your MCF account. So, for a limited time, you may take advantage of free inventory transfer.

    • You can discuss participating in the Inventory Transfer program with either your Vendor Manager or a Buy with Prime or MCF sales representatives. If they agree to your participation, you can submit your completed Inventory Request form to them, including the ASIN, SKU, unit cost, and quantity requested for the transfer. Any ASIN in your MCF account listed with a Manufacturer Barcode (enabled during the Add Catalog process) may be eligible for inventory transfer.

    • If your Inventory Transfer request is approved, you receive a confirmation email from your Buy with Prime or MCF sales representative. When the transfer is complete, you can see the transferred quantity on the All Inventory Page in your MCF account and receive a return invoice in your Vendor Central account for the transferred quantity.

    • Amazon creates a return invoice to your Vendor Central account, and the amount may be deducted from Amazon’s future payments due to you.

    • You can also inbound inventory directly to Amazon Fulfillment Centers using your MCF account.

    • The inventory that you originally sold to Amazon Retail is returned to you at the unit cost Amazon previously paid you for the inventory (or a lower amount if agreed by Amazon) so the inventory can be used to fulfill your Buy with Prime orders. If your inventory transfer request is approved, you receive a confirmation email from your Buy with Prime or Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF) sales representative. When the transfer is complete, you can see the transferred quantity on the “All Inventory” page in your MCF account and receive a return invoice in your Vendor Central account for the value of the transferred inventory. The amount of the invoice might be deducted from Amazon’s future payments due to you. There is no return processing or additional fee for the inventory transfer. Once transferred, however, your inventory is subject to MCF’s standard storage fees and applicable order fulfillment fees. See our rate card for details.

    • Invoices are emailed to the email address provided at the time of onboarding to the pay-by-invoice option. You can also download the invoices from the billing dashboard. Payments are due within 30 days of the date that the invoice is generated.

    • Yes, you can use the credit note to pay for invoices. To use credit notes, please email mcf-billing@amazon.com with the credit note number and the invoice number that you want to use the credit note for. Your credit note is applied to the invoice within five business days.

    • You can view transaction level data in the billing dashboard in your MCF account and also download the excel file from the reports page in your MCF account.

    • Inventory transfer is similar to Return to Vendor (RTV) from an accounting/finance perspective. When we transfer inventory from Amazon Retail to you using the Inventory Transfer program, we’re essentially returning the inventory to you just like RTV. The difference between RTV and Inventory Transfer is that for Inventory Transfer, the inventory remains in Amazon fulfillment centers under your ownership, while under RTV, we physically return the inventory to you. The inventory is stored in Amazon fulfillment centers so that you can use MCF to fulfill Buy with Prime orders. To account for the Inventory Transfer, you apply the same treatment as you do for RTV. As always, it's recommended to consult with an accountant or a CPA who understands your specific business context and industry for tailored guidance. The exact accounting treatment can vary based on your specific circumstances. For updated RTV policy specific to your account, sign in to your Vendor Central account, then go to Settings, Agreements, and then Purchasing Terms.

    • There’s no return processing or additional fees for Inventory Sharing. However, once transferred, your inventory is subject to MCF’s standard storage fees and applicable order fulfillment fees.

    • The inventory that you originally sold to Amazon Retail is returned to you at the unit cost Amazon previously paid you for the inventory (or a lower amount if agreed by Amazon) so the inventory can be used to fulfill your Buy with Prime orders. When the transfer is complete, you can see the transferred quantity on the “All Inventory” page in your MCF account and receive a return invoice in your Vendor Central account for the value of the transferred inventory (on Payments, then Remittance page). The amount of the invoice might be deducted from Amazon’s future payments due to you. Inventory transfer is similar to Return to Vendor (RTV) from an accounting/finance perspective.

       

      When we transfer inventory from Amazon Retail to you using the Inventory Transfer program, we're essentially returning the inventory to you just like RTV. To account for the Inventory Transfer, you apply the same treatment as you do for RTV. As always, it's recommended to consult with an accountant or a CPA who understands your specific business context and industry for tailored guidance. The exact accounting treatment can vary based on your specific circumstances. For updated RTV policy specific to your account, sign in to your Vendor Central account, then go to Settings, Agreements, and then Purchasing Terms. There is no return processing or additional fee for the Inventory Sharing. Once transferred, however, your inventory is subject to MCF’s standard storage fees and applicable order fulfillment fees. See our rate card for details.

    • Inventory transfer through Inventory Sharing is similar to Return to Vendor from a financial perspective. Amazon uses the oldest unit cost (based on a first-in, first-out cost calculation) for inventory that’s purchased from you when calculating the return invoice amount.

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