FBA Expiring Products Tracking and Reporting

Background


All topical and consumable products (including nutritional supplements), whether for human or animal consumption, are considered by Amazon to be subject to expiration, even if an expiration date is not explicitly indicated on the packaging. You as the seller, have the final responsibility for removing products with expired (and near-expired) dates from Amazon FBA warehouses before they are sold to customers. Amazon does not consistently do First-In First-out fulfillment. It is up to you to track products sent to FBA and recall any before they reach the expiration date and issues arise.

With our platform the process can be automated.

The functionality is only available with the premium or enterprise plan.

Step 1


Pack your items as you usually do. Make sure to provide the expiration dates for the items as you pack. Products must have a minimum remaining shelf life greater than 105 days when sent to Amazon FBA. We automatically enforce this when you input expiration dates. You can also increase this setting to a longer period in your account setting if you'd like an additional buffer.

Step 2


The home dashboard shows you how many items you packed that are nearing expiration date. Dashboard showing expiring counts

Step 3


Click on the number of items and see the report, showing which items, from which shipments are expiring soon.

Dashboard showing expiring counts

Step 4


Check SellerCentral for what is left in stock from the items identified in the report and create a removal or destruction order for anything that is close to expiring.


Options for tracking expiring inventory at Amazon FBA


The best option that we've seen work well to track specific expiring inventory is creating new SKUs for each shipment of dated products. While simple with a few SKUs, this gets complicated at large SKU counts. We have not identified a simple option for sellers with large variety of date-sensitive SKUs.