Amazon provides the estimated delivery time to buyers on the offer listing and checkout pages. We base this estimate on the time between when the buyer places an order until the delivery reaches the buyer's address.
Handling time (also known as production time or Lead Time to Ship) is the time between when the buyer places the order until you hand the order over to your carrier. Handling time is part of the delivery time calculation displayed on the offer listing and checkout page.
Total Delivery Time = Handling Time + Transit Time (+ any holidays and weekends)
In Seller Central, you can set your handling time in two ways: 1) Set an account level default handling time; 2) Set product level handling times for specific products. See below for more information.
Transit time: The time between when you hand the order over to your carrier until its delivery to the buyer's address. You can modify the transit times for your SKUs by editing your shipping templates.
Default handling time is the handling time set at an account level and applies to all your products unless you specifically change the product level handling time. You can set the default handling time to either 1 business day or 2 business days (this does not affect products that have a product level handling time set).
To update the default handling time on Seller Central, follow the below steps:
If you expect to take longer than the defined default handling time to ship specific products, you can set longer handling times for these products.
There are three ways you can modify the handling time in bulk:
Customers love faster deliveries and are more likely to purchase products that have faster estimated delivery times. Products with faster estimated delivery times are also more likely to be the featured offers on product detail pages. Setting faster and accurate handling times also helps improve the delivery experience for your customers.
Expected ship date for your seller fulfilled orders is calculated based on order date + handling time. For example, if your default handling time is 1 business day, expected ship date for orders placed till 12 midnight will be the next business day. It is important to confirm the shipment of orders by the expected ship date to meet the Late Shipment Rate (LSR) requirements for your account. Not meeting the LSR requirement may result in account deactivation. For more details, see Late Shipment Rate.
You can also opt in for same day handling time. This provides you with additional flexibility to set same day handling time for some or all of your products. Same day handling time only applies to Standard and Expedited shipping options and is only available to sellers that meet the required high delivery performance standards. To learn more, see Same Day handling time.
For Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP) and Premium Shipping (Same Day Delivery, Next Day Delivery, and Two Day Delivery) you are always required to ship the product the same day as long as the order is received before the order cut-off time.
Amazon generates handling time recommendations for a product based on your overall delivery performance, your actual delivery performance for that product, and delivery performance of similar products on Amazon. The recommendations are refreshed monthly and are based on the prior month’s handling time to reflect the most recent fulfillment capabilities.
We encourage you to regularly monitor and update your handling time recommendations. Setting accurate handling times will support the estimated delivery dates to customers.
To view and configure your recommended handling times: