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Why you need to stay up-to-date on Amazon's policy changes to stay competitive

May 22, 2023

As an Amazon seller, you know that the online marketplace is constantly evolving. Amazon regularly updates its policies and guidelines to ensure a fair and safe environment for both buyers and sellers. But staying on top of these policy changes can be challenging, especially when you're trying to run a successful business. However, ignoring Amazon's policy updates can be detrimental to your bottom line. 

Stay Compliant and Keep Your Account Safe

First and foremost, staying up-to-date on Amazon's policy changes helps you avoid penalties and suspensions. Amazon has strict guidelines for sellers, and violating them can lead to account suspensions or even bans. By staying informed about policy changes, you can ensure that you're always in compliance and avoid any penalties.

For example, if Amazon changes its policy on product descriptions, you can update your listings accordingly and potentially increase your sales, avoid product suspension or not being able to publish your brand content when creating a new listing. Here are a couple of cases our integration team has bumped into when pushing product catalogs live:

  • Forbidden or restrictive words in the copy flagging the product as dangerous or not compliant

  • Product description exceeding the new character count limit

  • Brand registration name different from the product being sold, or non-compliant brand’s rights

Stay Ahead of Your Competitors

One way to stay competitive on Amazon is to take advantage of new products and features that the platform introduces. Amazon often releases new products and tools that can help sellers improve their listings, optimize their advertising, and streamline their operations. Additionally, Amazon frequently invites sellers to beta test new products before they are released to the public. This is a great opportunity to get early access to new features and provide feedback to Amazon, which can help shape the direction of the platform.

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Don’t Jeopardize Customer Experience

For example, Amazon has policies in place to ensure shipping times. Amazon requires sellers to ship items within a certain timeframe, depending on the shipping option selected by the customer. By meeting these requirements, you can ensure that your customers receive their orders on time and are satisfied with their purchase.

In addition to following Amazon's policies, you can also use Amazon's policies to your advantage in improving your customer experience. For example, Amazon's policy on returns allows customers to return items within a certain timeframe for a full refund. By offering hassle-free returns, you can improve your customers' experience and increase their satisfaction with your products.

Overall, following Amazon's policies and guidelines can help you contribute to creating a positive shopping experience that encourages repeat purchases.

How to Keep Up with Amazon's Policies?

Staying informed of Amazon's policy changes is crucial for any seller who wants to succeed on the platform. Here are some tips on how to stay up-to-date:

  • Read Amazon's announcements: Amazon regularly sends out newsletters and updates to sellers, notifying them of any policy changes or updates. These emails are an easy way to stay informed about any changes that could affect your business.

  • Check Amazon's Seller Central: Amazon's Seller Central is a hub for all things related to selling on the platform. This includes policy changes and updates. Check the announcements and news section regularly to stay on top of any updates.

  • Join Amazon seller forums: There are numerous Amazon seller forums where sellers can share information and ask questions. These forums can be a valuable source of information on policy changes and updates, as well as best practices for selling on Amazon.

  • Attend Amazon webinars and events: Amazon regularly hosts webinars and events for sellers. These can be a great way to learn about policy changes and updates directly from Amazon representatives and experts.

  • Partner with Amazon experts: If you don't have the time or human resources to stay on top of policy changes, consider hiring an Amazon consultant who can keep you informed and help you adapt your business to any changes.

By staying informed about policy changes and updates, you can ensure that your business stays compliant and competitive on Amazon. Be sure to make staying up-to-date a regular part of your business operations.

Megan Shope

Brand Manager

Publicis Groupe
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