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Storage Limit Manager

If you have FBA inventory storage limits but could use more space for products that you’re confident will be a hit with customers, you can request an increase to your FBA storage volume limits.

To submit a request, go to Storage Limit Manager. On that page, you can create, cancel, and monitor your request.

In your request, specify the following:

  • How much additional storage you want for the specified period (up to 20% of your initial limit or 2,000 cubic feet, whichever is greater).
  • The maximum reservation fee that you’d be willing to pay for the extra space, if it’s available. This fee can be offset with performance credits earned from sales generated using the additional space. No upfront payment is required.

Important: The reservation fee that you set should reflect your confidence in your ability to use the additional space and to offset the reservation fee with performance credits. If you aren’t confident that you can use the space efficiently and offset the fee, we recommend that you do not request the space, because you will be responsible for the remaining balance (your reservation fee minus performance credits).

We’ll assess fulfillment center capacity on a weekly basis and grant requests as space is available, starting with the highest reservation fee. The space granted will be available to you for the entire period specified.

Note: Your fee may be lower than what you specify in your request. For all sellers whose requests are granted in the same week, the lowest granted reservation fee will apply, regardless of the reservation fee you originally submitted.

You’ll earn a $0.15 performance credit for every dollar of sales that you generate using this additional space. We designed this credit to give you the opportunity to offset 100% of the reservation fee, if you use the additional space productively.

Reservation fee

The reservation fee is the amount per cubic foot of storage space requested that you would pay at the end of the specified period if your request is granted and you generate no sales during the period.

When you submit your request for more storage, you specify the maximum reservation fee that you’d be willing to pay to reserve the additional space. Your request may be granted at the amount that you specify or at a lower amount.

If your request is granted, we may reduce the reservation fee further at a later date in accordance with our lowest reservation fee guarantee. The fee can be partially or fully offset by the amount of performance credits that you earn.

Reservation fees are charged after the end of the specified period. For example, if you were granted additional storage for October 1 through December 31, reservation fees (if any) would be charged in early January.

Lowest reservation fee guarantee

If your request for additional storage is granted, your reservation fee will always be less than or equal to the maximum reservation fee that you specified in your request. In addition, it will be the same reservation fee, per cubic foot, as for other sellers whose requests are granted that week.

If other requests are granted at a lower reservation fee for the same period at a later date, your already-granted request will adjust downward to match the lower fee. With this guarantee, you can place your requests early with confidence that waiting won’t help you get a lower reservation fee.

Performance credits

All sellers who are granted additional storage and who generate sales will get performance credits. Performance credits are earned at a rate of $0.15 for every dollar of sales that you generate using the additional space.

We determine the sales generated using the additional space by computing sales on units shipped between the start and end date of the period for ASINs in the storage type for the limit increase (for example, US standard-size storage). This amount is prorated by the percentage of your total limit that the additional space represents.

With enough sales, your performance credits can offset up to 100% of your reservation fee, meaning that you would pay no additional fees for the extra space.

Here’s an example (see Example 1 in table below): Suppose that you receive an initial FBA storage limit of 1,000 cubic feet in US standard-size storage, and you’re approved for an additional 500 cubic feet, for a total limit of 1,500 cubic feet. This means that one-third of your total US standard-size limit comes from your request (500/1,500). Therefore, one-third of your sales of US standard-size ASINs will qualify for performance credits.

Now suppose that your total sales for the period for ASINs in that storage type are $105,000, meaning that you have qualified sales of $35,000 [$105,000 x (1/3)]. The performance credit rate is $0.15 for every dollar of qualified sales, or 0.15 x $35,000 = $5,250. So you would get a performance credit of $5,250 (or the full amount of your reservation fee, if less than $5,250).

Tip: Once the period of your storage limit increase begins, you can track the amount of performance credits you’ve earned on the Storage Limit Manager. The performance credit preview is updated daily.

Performance credit examples

Line Description Calculation Example 1 Example 2
1 Original FBA storage limit Set by Amazon 1,000 8,000
2 Storage increase granted Set by seller 500 2,000
3 New FBA storage limit Line 1 + Line 2 1,500 10,000
4 Increased storage ratio Line 2 / Line 3 0.33 0.20
5 Actual total FBA sales

$105,000 $1,250,000
6 Prorated sales based on storage ratio Line 5 x Line 4 $35,000 $250,000
7 Performance credit percentage Set by Amazon 15% 15%
8 Performance credits earned Line 6 x Line 7 $5,250 $37,500

Expiration date for requests

When you create your request for additional storage, you also set a request expiration date. If we are unable to grant your request before the expiration date that you set, the request will no longer be considered.

We include this feature because we recognize that you may need to commit to procurement or manufacturing decisions for your business and that additional storage might not be useful after a certain date.

Frequently asked questions

If my request for more storage is approved, what happens to my restock limits?

Restock limits continue to be in place for all sellers.

We continually assess and update restock limits based on many factors. Those factors include past and forecasted sales, current inventory levels, new selection, storage volume limits, and fulfillment center capacity.

When will Amazon update the status of my request?

When you submit your request, it will be in pending status and remain in that status until it’s granted or expires.

We’ll evaluate the availability of additional storage space on a weekly basis. When space is available, we’ll approve pending requests starting with the highest reservation fee.

The status of your request may change in as little as a week, or it may not change until it reaches the request expiration date. By setting your reservation fee, you directly influence the chances that your request will be granted, and granted quickly.

Note: You can edit or cancel your request at any time until it’s granted or expires. Once your request is granted, you’ll no longer be able to cancel or edit the request.

What happens if my storage limit increase request is granted?

When your request is granted, its status will change to granted in the Storage Limit Manager, and you’ll be notified via email. Your new, higher limit will be used to determine how much inventory you can send to fulfillment centers and whether FBA inventory overage fees will be charged to your account.

No reservation fee charges will be applied to your account at the time your request is granted. At the end of the specified period, your account will be charged the difference, if any, between your total reservation fee and performance credits earned.

Will the reservation fee still be charged if I don’t use the additional space?

Yes. Your reservation fee isn’t affected by your actual use of the additional space granted.

If you aren’t confident that you can use the space efficiently and offset the reservation fee with performance credits, we recommend that you do not request the space, because you will be responsible for the remaining balance (your reservation fee minus performance credits). Your IPI score may be affected if you request and receive additional space that you don’t use.

What happens if my storage limit is removed after my request has been granted?

Under the FBA inventory storage limits policy, you may not be subject to FBA inventory storage limits if your IPI score increases above the IPI threshold before the start of the upcoming period.

If your storage limit is removed after your request has been granted, your request will be voided. You’ll no longer be subject to storage limits for the period, and no reservation fee will be incurred.

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