Just an update here. I’ve looked through the search results and have found that many people have had questions to SFP, but there aren’t many answers.
The rep that I spoke to the other day told me a few things.
The first thing that you need to do is upgrade to the new Shipping Settings, and you have to have the Premium 2-Day settings on to at least some extent. I am not sure if these settings are already available to all sellers, or if the Premium is just available to some. You then have to have 30 orders that were ordered with the 2-Day settings within a month, and the orders must have been delivered within that 2-Day window. Again, 2-Day does not include Saturdays or Sundays. It’s a Monday-Friday system.
You either need to apply for SFP, or Amazon will contact you.
I am not sure if the shipping settings change at all for SFP, but the Premium 2-Day settings allow you to choose which states and even which part of many states you want to allow your certain shipping settings. You can do this for your basic settings as well. It’s a pretty great system, and I’ve set our states that we deliver within two days to two day shipping.
Once approved for SFP, you have to purchase your shipping labels through Amazon. You can sync your UPS account through Amazon, and get your UPS discount if you have one. We use FedEx, so that was a bummer for us. You also have to ship to P.O. boxes - another bummer for us. You also have to offer Free Standard Shipping to Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.
Prime return policies will apply. You have to have high performance ratings, as you can assume.
I’ve decided against switching to Prime at this time, with the main holdups being the P.O. boxes and that we cannot get our FedEx rates.